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More Questions For Kundra

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is on leave while the FBI continues to investigate his former offices in the District of Columbia, after arresting an employee and charging him with bribery, money laundering, wire fraud, and conflict of interest.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is on leave while the FBI continues to investigate his former offices in the District of Columbia, after arresting an employee and charging him with bribery, money laundering, wire fraud, and conflict of interest.Law enforcement sources close to the investigation said that Kundra has not been implicated or accused of any wrongdoing, but Kundra took a leave of absence for an unspecified period of time as the charges became public.

For all we know, Kundra could have tipped off the FBI, but until we know for sure, the investigation and Kundra's leave create a cloud of uncertainty. In all fairness to Kundra, an ongoing investigation means that Kundra probably can't and shouldn't discuss the case. However, if and when he returns to his federal post, he should be prepared to answer a few questions and overcome some doubt.

After all, the federal CIO is supposed to oversee efficiency and security around the federal government's adoption of technology. Right now, it doesn't look like his former office was efficient or secure.

Court documents allege that the arrested employee inflated invoices, forged time sheets for ghost employees, and intercepted communication from the District of Columbia's Office of the Inspector General when someone questioned some of his transactions.

If the charges are true, then an employee under Kundra stole and wasted taxpayer dollars and lined his own pockets, while breaching the District of Columbia's security system. Unless Kundra was aware and tipped someone off, this doesn't look very good -- especially for a leader of an organization stressing accountability.

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