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Obama appoints new chief technology officer

03-10-2012 10:25 BJT

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday appointed Todd Park as the administration's chief technology officer (CTO), filling a vacancy created by last month' s departure of Aneesh Chopra.

Since August 2009, Park has served as CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

"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," Obama said in a statement. "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."

The U.S. CTO, a position that Obama created on his first day as president, is responsible for ensuring the adoption of innovative technologies to support administration priorities, including job creation, broader access to affordable health care, enhanced energy efficiency, a more open government, and national and homeland security, according to the White House.

In his work at HHS, Park led the creation of HealthCare.gov, which promotes the president's healthcare legislation and allows consumers to compare health insurance plans by zip code.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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