Park leaves role as White House chief tech of­fi­cer

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Who: Todd Park, 41

Pre­vi­ous po­si­tion: Park has been the White House chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer since March 2012. In that role, he was cred­ited with help­ing save Health­Care.gov after its rocky roll­out. Be­fore mov­ing to his White House po­si­tion, he had been HHS’ CTO since 2009.

New roles: Park will be mov­ing to Cal­i­for­nia to help the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­cruit tech­nol­ogy tal­ent, which some ex­perts see as a crit­i­cal void. They ar­gue the feds don’t have enough highly skilled tech­nol­ogy staff to support key gov­ern­men­tal func­tions.

His startups: Be­fore en­ter­ing gov­ern­ment, Park was a suc­cess­ful se­rial en­tre­pre­neur, hav­ing co-founded two health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies: Athenahealth, a firm that of­fers cloud-based elec­tronic-health records and other tech ser­vices; and Cast­light Health, which of­fers a price trans­parency tool that al­lows pa­tients to com­pare prices for health­care ser­vices. Park is no longer di­rectly in­volved with ei­ther company.

In his place: Last week, the White House named for­mer Google ex­ec­u­tive Megan Smith as its new CTO. Smith was in­volved in a va­ri­ety of ex­ec­u­tive roles with Google, but most re­cently with its Google[x] project, which fo­cuses on re­search and de­vel­op­ment for long-term tech­nol­ogy bets.

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