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Todd Park is the new federal chief technology officer, the White House announced March 9. Park, currently CTO at the Health and Human Services Department succeedes Aneesh Chopra, who left the post on Feb. 8.

"[Park has] the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the Federal government work better for the American people," wrote John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology policy, in a White House blog post.

In his more than 2 years at HHS, Park led the agency's move to a comprehensive HealthCare.gov website which integrated the department's siloed component websites.  

Open data has also been a core focus for Park, who endorses the early release of data, versus subjecting data sets to a lengthy cleaning process. The department opened much of its data on data.gov/health and launched the Health Data Initiative which aims to link data suppliers and the data users to provide a feedback loop on data quality.

Under Park's guidance, HHS also took an active role in data promotion-hosting numerous challenges, codeathons, meet-ups, conferences and even something called "health datapalooza."

For more:
- read the blog post

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