Chief Technology Officer of the United States

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The United States Chief Technology Officer (US CTO), also formally an Assistant to the President, is in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.[1] This position was created within the Office of Science and Technology Policy by President Barack Obama. The U.S. CTO helps the President and their team harness the power of data, innovation and technology on behalf of the American People. The team works closely with others both across and outside government on a broad range of work to upgrade government capability including using applied technology to help create jobs, creating paths to improve government services with lower costs, higher quality and increased transparency, helping upgrade agencies to use open data and expanding their data science capabilities, reduce the costs of health care and criminal justice, increase access to broadband, bring technical talent into government for policy and modern operations input, improve community innovation engagement by agencies working on local challenges, and help keep the nation secure. [2]


Aneesh Chopra was named by President Obama as the nation's first CTO in April 2009, and confirmed by the Senate on August 7, 2009. Chopra resigned effective February 8, 2012 and was succeeded by Todd Park, formerly the CTO of the department of Health and Human Services. On September 4, 2014 Megan Smith was named as the CTO.

Name President Term References
Megan Smith official portrait.jpg Megan Smith Barack Obama 2014-2017 [3][4][5]
Todd Park.jpeg Todd Park 2012–2014 [6]
Aneesh Chopra Portrait.jpg Aneesh Chopra (*First) 2009–2012 [7][8][9]

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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. ^ "Leadership Staff - Megan Smith". White House. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  4. ^ "White House names Google's Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States". Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Davis, Julie H. (2015-01-03). "Adviser Guides Obama Into the Google Age". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  6. ^ Hart, Kim (2012-03-11). "At SXSW, Todd Park talks startups". Politico. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  7. ^ Schatz, Amy (2009-04-18). "Tech Industry Cheers as Obama Taps Aneesh Chopra for CTO". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Nominations confirmed", "", August 7, 2009.
  9. ^ Ashely Southall (2012-01-27). "Top Technology Official Leaving the White House". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-13.