White House names Todd Park as U.S. chief technology officer
Source: Wash. Post
The White House on Friday named Todd Park as U.S. chief technology officer, a post that came with high expectations when it was created in 2009, but has produced questionable outcomes, analysts say.
Park, who oversaw technology for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, replaces Aneesh Chopra, the first to hold the post.
Park launched healthcare.gov at HHS, a site that allows consumers to compare health insurance plans. In his new role, Park will work to reduce bloated IT budgets and push for initiatives that use technology to make government information more easily available to the public.
Park is a former entrepreneur who in 1997 founded Athenahealth, an electronic health records provider. He also worked as a health-care industry consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.
The article mentions "breakthrough iniatives" but doesn't elaborate. I don't get how his background qualifies him to be CTO - because he launched a website? I've launched at least 50 - which would mean I'm 50 times more qualified than him!