Chief Technology Officer of the United States

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The Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), formally known as the Assistant to the President, Associate Director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy[1] is a position created within the Office of Science and Technology Policy by President Barack Obama. The CTO will be using applied technology to help create jobs, reduce the costs of health care and help keep the nation secure. He is also tasked with increasing Americans' access to broadband.[2]

Aneesh Chopra was named by President Obama as the nation's first CTO in April 2009,[3] and confirmed by the Senate on August 7, 2009.[4] Chopra resigned effective February 8, 2012[5] and was succeeded by Todd Park, formerly the CTO of the department of Health and Human Services.[6]

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  1. ^ Obama taps America's top techie The Register, 20 April 2009
  2. ^ "President's Weekly Address Efficiency and Innovation", April 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Tech Industry Cheers as Obama Taps Aneesh Chopra for CTO
  4. ^ "Nominations confirmed", "", August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Ashely Southall (2012-01-27). "Top Technology Official Leaving the White House". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  6. ^ Hart, Kim (03/11/2012). "At SXSW, Todd Park talks startups". Politico. Retrieved 2012-03-13.