Vivek Kundra, the first-ever federal chief information officer and InformationWeek's CIO of the Year, has been tasked with boosting transparency in government data, improving security and creating online public-engagement opportunities. Kundra "has put the feds out in front of many private sector companies in the move to cloud computing," J. Nicholas Hoover writes, citing such initiatives as Data.gov and the government's IT Dashboard project tracker.

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