On Friday, March 9, President Barack Obama appointed Todd Park as assistant to the president and U.S. chief technology officer, replacing former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra.
For nearly three years, Park served as CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he led the execution of many initiatives, including the creation of HealthCare.gov. In February 2011, more than 50 NVTC members participated in an HHS Health Care Technology Summit at which Park promoted HHS' Community Health Data Initiative.
“Todd Park has demonstrated a remarkable talent for enlisting innovative technologies to modernize government, reduce waste and make government information more accessible to the public,” said President Obama. “In his new position he will bring those skills to the entire Federal enterprise, ensuring that government will serve all Americans fairly, effectively, and efficiently.”
President Obama created the CTO position to help modernize the federal government and to better use technological tools to address a wide range of national challenges. Park will be responsible for ensuring the adoption of innovative technologies to support job creation, broader access to affordable health care, enhanced energy efficiency, a more open government, and national and homeland security. For more information, click here.
Look for Park in the upcoming cover story on government challenges and competitions in the Spring 2012 issue of NVTC’s The Voice of Technology magazine.