President Obama has named Aneesh Chopra the U.S. Chief Technology Advisor. Aneesh is (or, rather, was) Gov. Kaine’s CTO, and I worked with him on a project earlier this year. I’d hoped to work with him on many more in the months ahead, but if that’s not going to happen, this is certainly a really great reason why. He’s not a technologist, but he’s the next best thing—a guy who works with bright people, with a serious commitment to open government, who is willing to try new things, fail fast, and iterate through improved development based on those lessons. Here’s hoping we end up with somebody who is more than a placeholder to act as the state’s CTO between now and January.