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White House Loses Open Government Leader

Deputy CTO Beth Noveck's departure marks the second high-ranking resignation from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in less than a month.

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has lost another deputy CTO, its second high-ranking IT official departure in less than a month.

Beth Noveck, who served as deputy CTO of open government for the OSTP, left her post at the beginning of the year to serve as a professor of law at New York Law School, where she was employed before she took her post with the OSTP in 2009. The office has not yet named a replacement.

Noveck's departure comes on the heels of former colleague and ex-Google executive Andrew McLaughlin, who left his position as OSTP deputy of Internet policy on Dec. 23.

OSTP spokesman Rick Weiss confirmed her departure and, in an emailed statement, said the office was "sorry to see her go."

"Beth has been a tireless advocate for opening the federal government to greater collaboration and public participation," he said. "She has helped to develop significant advancements in the administration's efforts to utilize technology to break down the barriers between the American public and their government."

Indeed, Noveck made quite an impression in her two years at the OSTP. She led the development of the Obama administration's Open Government Initiative, which calls for government agencies to use technology to promote transparency and accountability as well as to foster more collaboration with the people they serve.

The initiative has been the cornerstone of Obama's technology strategy and is changing the way the government implements technology; all agencies now have an open government plan outlining how they will support the initiative.

Noveck also served on the president's transition team and acted as a volunteer advisor on his presidential campaign on issues of technology, innovation, and government reform.

In addition to her teaching duties at New York Law School, Noveck also serves as director for both the Institute for Information Law and Policy and the Democracy Design Workshop.

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