Steven VanRoekel, a 15-year Microsoft veteran, has been appointed as the U.S. Chief of Information Technology.
VanRoekel is replacing Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. CIO, who announced plans in June to become a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
VanRoekel left Microsoft in 2009. At that time he was Senior Director of Windows Server. He also had served as a Director of Web Servvices; and a speech and strategy assistant to then CEO Bill Gates. His first job at Microsoft was as a premier support and presales technical advisor.
VanRoekel left Microsoft to become Managing Director of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In June of this year, he took a job with the U.S. Agency for International Development as Executive Director for Citizen and Organizational Engagement, according to his LinkedIn profile.
VanRoekel told the New York Times he intends to take up where Kundra left off, in terms of making the U.S. government more nimble in its approach to adopting technology. Kundra was a big advocate of cloud computing and stepping up the government's cybersecurity programs.
VanRoekel is on Twitter, by the way. He is @stevenvDC.