March 13, 2009 / 4:10 PM / 11 years ago

Obama's chief information officer on leave-W.House

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s chief information officer has taken a leave of absence until officials learn more about an FBI raid on the office where he previously worked, a White House official said on Friday.

Vivek Kundra, 34, who was named by Obama last week as the federal government’s chief information officer, is on leave until further details of the investigation become known, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The FBI raided the office of the District of Columbia’s chief technical officer on Thursday and arrested two people as part of an investigation into employee corruption there, a spokeswoman for Washington’s mayor said.

Kundra, who formerly held the post of D.C. chief technology officer, was not a target of the investigation, the spokeswoman said.

Yusuf Acar, who works in the city’s technology office, and another man, Sushil Bansal, were arrested on bribery and other charges, according to court documents.

The documents said Acar was accused of conspiring to commit bribery, fraud, money laundering and conflict-of-interest violations while Bansal was accused of conspiring to commit bribery and money laundering.

They allegedly took part in a variety of schemes, including billing for so-called “ghost employees,” that involved stealing money from the government of the District of Columbia, the documents said.

Editing by Eric Beech

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