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 an official 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, improve quality and 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. After leaving the role vacant for two years, President Trump named Michael Kratsios as US CTO in May 2019, and he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2019.

Name President Term Deputy CTOs References
Aneesh Chopra Portrait.jpg Aneesh Chopra* Barack Obama 2009–2012 Andrew McLaughlin [3][4][5][6]
Todd Park.jpeg Todd Park 2012–2014 Ryan Panchadsaram [7]
Megan Smith official portrait.jpg Megan Smith 2014–2017 Cori Zarek, Alexander Macgillivray, Edward Felten, Ryan Panchadsaram [8][9][10][11]
Vacant Donald Trump 2017–2019 Michael Kratsios
Michael Kratsios official photo (cropped).jpg Michael Kratsios* 2019–present Lynne Parker, Winter Casey [12]


1.^ ^ Only Aneesh Chopra and Michael Kratsios were confirmed by the Senate. Todd Park and Megan Smith were not.

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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. ^ Schatz, Amy (2009-04-18). "Tech Industry Cheers as Obama Taps Aneesh Chopra for CTO". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  4. ^ "Nominations confirmed", "", August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Ashely Southall (2012-01-27). "Top Technology Official Leaving the White House". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  6. ^ Morozov, Evgeny (2009-06-03). "Not Everyone is Happy with Obama's Pick for Deputy CTO". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  7. ^ Hart, Kim (2012-03-11). "At SXSW, Todd Park talks startups". Politico. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  8. ^ "Leadership Staff - Megan Smith". White House. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  9. ^ "White House names Google's Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Davis, Julie H. (2015-01-03). "Adviser Guides Obama Into the Google Age". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  11. ^ "White House Names Ed Felton Deputy Chief Technology Officer". White House. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  12. ^ "Trump Finally Names a US CTO". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-05-23.