Thursday, March 12, 2009

White House Got Heads Up: FBI Arrests Two in Raid of Former Office of Obama's Pick for Chief Information Officer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it got a heads up before FBI agents raided the former offices of a new Obama administration technology official.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the Department of Justice told the White House on Thursday morning of its planned raid at the offices of the District of Columbia's chief technology officer. Vivek Kundra recently left that post to take a job in the White House. Gibbs declined to say if administration officials knew about the ongoing investigation of the D.C. technology office when they hired Kundra.

Kundra earlier this month was hired to oversee federal government computers as the administration's chief information officer. Kundra is also in charge of security for the vast federal information databanks.

Gibbs declined to comment on the investigation, calling it a serious matter.

The Associated Press