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Update 2: The Associated Press is reporting that Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is on leave “until further details of the case become known” following the raid of his former office this morning.

While the raid was going on Kundra spoke at an IT conference today. He set out bold plans for reforming federal IT by opening up more information to the public for review and feedback.

During today’s White House press briefing, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs declined to comment on the investigation into Kundra’s old office.

Stay tuned.

Update 1: The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia released some court documents related to today’s raid at the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

The documents accuse D.C. employee, Yusuf Acar of conspiring with a contractor, Sushil Bansal, to steal from city taxpayers. Both Bansal, president of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation, and Acar were arrested today.

According to the documents, Acar, acting chief security officer for the D.C. government, allegedly approved work orders for products and services from Bansal’s company that were in excess of what the city actually received. The difference between the actual cost to Bansal’s company and what the D.C. government paid was split by the two defendants, according to the documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Until February, the office where Acar worked was led by the new Federal Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra. Kundra is not mentioned in the court documents and sources said he is not under investigation.

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The FBI raided the Office of the District of Columbia’s Chief Technology Officer today, the Associated Press is reporting.  Two D.C. officials and a third man were arrested in a bribery sting.

A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington, D.C. field office told Federal Times arraignments will be held this afternoon. The U.S. Attorney for D.C. is expected release more information following the court hearing.

Vivek Kundra, President Obama’s newly minted federal chief information officer, led that office until Feb. 4. He has not been linked to the raid, according to WTOP, a local radio station.

More as it comes.

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    March 18th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    [...] New York Times reported last night that Kundra, who was placed on leave following an FBI raid of his former offices last week, was reinstated by the White House Tuesday. Kundra was not a target of the FBI [...]