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FBI Investigates Former Office Of Obama's Pick For CIO

Vivek Kundra is not a target of the investigation and has not been named in the probe.

The FBI has raided the former offices of Vivek Kundra, the former CTO of Washington, D.C., and recently appointed federal CIO.

The U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed that the FBI was searching the Washington offices where Kundra and nearly 300 other employees worked. Two individuals were arrested in connection with a bribery probe investigation, District of Columbia Mayor's Office spokeswoman Mafara Hobson told InformationWeek.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon, when the charges will be unsealed.

A federal government source close to the matter and a city government source said that they do not believe Kundra is a target of the investigation, and he has not been named in the investigation. He became Washington's CTO in 2007 and left more than a month ago. Last week, he was named federal CIO under the Office of Management and Budget by President Obama.

The Washington Post cited anonymous sources that identified the two individuals as Washington, D.C., information systems security officer Yusuf Acar, 40, and former city employee Sushil Bansal, 41.

Bansal is president and CEO of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corp. (AITC), according to the company's Web site. His company biography states that he worked as a project manager in Washington, D.C., government and implemented its financial system before founding AITC, which has several government contracts. It also states that he provided IT consulting and project management services to the Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Commerce Department, Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Communications Commission.


InformationWeek asked more than two dozen industry leaders, from CEOs to private- and public-sector CIOs, what should be top of mind for President Obama's CTO. Their response: Think big and transformational. And get going now.

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