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Until recently, Chris Vein was CIO of San Francisco, where he had to deal with a demanding tech-savvy citizenry as well as the other more typical challenges of managing the IT department of a major American city.
In March 2010, Vein and federal CIO Vivek Kundra launched the national Open 311 API, a standard API to let developers create applications that tap directly into metropolitan 311 systems. Vein's office released hundreds of government data sets online, including data on crime, transportation, health, filming locations, and more. In November, San Francisco passed a first-of-its-kind law requiring city agencies to publish any data they have as long as it doesn't compromise privacy.
Vein previously worked for Science Applications International Corp. and served the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations as director of administrative and financial services for the White House. He rejoined the White House in February as deputy federal CTO for open innovation.
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