President Obama has chosen Vivek Kundra, 34, the chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, to oversee a push by the federal government to expand uses of cutting-edge technology, reports the New York Times. Kundra will have wide powers over federal technology spending, over information sharing between agencies, over greater public access to government information and over questions of security and privacy. But he will also--as Obama mentioned twice in the space of a six-line comment distributed by the White House--look for ways to "lower the cost of government operations" through technology...

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