WASHINGTON Aug 28 The White House announced on
Thursday that Todd Park, a technology and innovation policy
adviser to President Barack Obama, is relocating to California
to advise the president on technology from there.
Park, who had built a reputation as a successful information
technology entrepreneur, was thrust into the public spotlight
during the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the
fall of 2013.
While not in charge of the technology behind the flawed web
portal that crashed when thousands of Americans tried to sign up
for health insurance, he was one of several administration
officials summoned to Congress to explain the breakdown.
Park was deeply involved in efforts to fix bugs in the
website, which eventually began to function smoothly. The rescue
operation allowed enrollment to surpass expectations by topping
8 million people.
Park's focus in California will be on recruiting skilled
technology experts into government roles, the White House said.
"From launching the Presidential Innovation Fellows program,
to opening up troves of government data to the public, to
helping spearhead the successful turnaround of HealthCare.gov,
Todd has been, and will continue to be, a key member of my
administration," Obama said.
Park was named in 2012 to be U.S. chief technology officer
in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Reports of his departure for California, which the White
House said was due to his family's desire to return to their
home in time for their children to start school there, first
surfaced last week but were not officially confirmed.
(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)