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Obama Picks New IT|Director From Facebook

WASHINGTON (CN) - President Barack Obama picked a former Facebook software engineering director to serve as the Director of White House Information Technology, the White House announced.

The White House created a team of technologists last year called the U.S. Digital Service, which aims to modernize the executive branch's technology in the wake of a number of IT problems in unveiling the Affordable Care Act.

Obama announced Thursday that he was creating a new position to head White House Information Technology, and picked David Recordon, who previously worked as an engineering director at Facebook.

No official connection was made between changes in White House information technology and the scandal over former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account for state business.

The new IT director will converge disparate information systems and information resources for the Executive Office of the President, while eliminating duplication and overlapping services, Obama said in directing the move.

Recordon's new duties include establishing and coordinating policies and reviewing the White House's information systems to ensure they are safe and efficient. He also will be responsible for keeping collaborative software updated and modernized.

Obama's memo also establishes an executive committee for the Presidential IT department, which includes the executive secretary of the National Security Council and the directors of the Secret Service and White House Military Office.

The Secretary of Defense will be responsible for appointing a technology liaison for the Secret Service.

The directive noted that Obama will continue to have exclusive control over information resources and systems provided to the White House.

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