A Seinfeld Degree
EBW of Wampum has been talking about the appointment of a Chief Technology Officer [CTO] for a while as he attended various Internet related conferences and noting a number of heavy hitters in the tech world interested in the job.
EBW is not impressed with the choice.
This is probably the most annoying part from Dotgov Buzz
Having not quite reached middle age, Aneesh Chopra has already accomplished more than many of us in our careers. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in public health, with a Masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he has been a venture capitalist, managing director of a large healthcare think tank, appointee of two governors to high-level committees, and the elected head of groups of entrepreneurs.
In 2006, despite his lack of formal IT training, he was appointed as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Secretary of Technology at age 33. He was expected to “expand our internal use of technology to better serve our citizens” and “effectively promote Virginia’s business-friendly climate to technology companies,” Governor Tim Kaine said in announcing the appointment.
The guy has no actual qualifications in technology. He has a couple of generic public health/service degrees, and is “business-friendly”. How it hell does that qualify him to direct major IT improvements to the Federal government? The FBI still can’t manage to put together a working solution to their requirements after decades of trying, because they have no on-staff technical resources to write a decent RFP, they have to rely on contractors. Depending on contractors is how the government gets into these megabuck disasters.
This is a major demonstration of disrespect for the professionals in technical fields in this country. There are a lot of superbly qualified individuals who could have done something important in this position and it went to a guy who wanted to be a hospital administrator, and then became a venture capitalist.