White House Reinstates Kundra as Federal CIO

Administration Satisfied Kundra Not Involved with Fraud Vivek Kundra is back on the job as the federal chief information officer after an unexpected and forced four-day weekend leave.

The Obama administration placed Kundra on leave after the FBI Thursday raided the Washington, D.C.'s Office of Chief Technology Officer, arresting for fraud a top information security officer who served under Kundra when he led the office, a post he vacated two weeks ago to become federal CIO. Kundra was not implicated in the fraud, and returned to work on Tuesday.

While on leave, word surfaced of a misdemeanor theft Kundra committed 13 years ago at age 21: shoplifting four dress shirts worth $134 from J.C. Penney, according to the Associated Press. The news service said Kundra returned the shirts, paid $155 in fines and court fees and ordered to serve 80 hours of community service. A White House spokesman characterized the theft as a "youthful indiscretion."

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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