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The President has named the former engineering director for Facebook as the White House’s new IT director.

A White House blog post credits David Recordon with leading teams at Facebook to implement productivity tools, as well as overseeing teams responsible for open source, engineering education, and the technology behind the company’s HR, video conferencing, and physical security efforts.

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Recordon most recently has been a member of GSA’s Digital Services agency, which evolved from the team assembled to triage the HealthCare.gov rollout. The White House said he would work on “converging overlapping systems, modernizing software used to collaborate, and bringing use of new technologies in line with private sector best practices,” which could become a blueprint of sorts for similar improvements throughout the federal government.

The new post was announced in a March 19 memo also establishing an executive committee for presidential IT. The committee is to include the assistant to the President for management and administration, the executive secretary of the National Security Council, and the directors of the Office of Administration, the Secret Service, and the White House Military Office.

It will be charged with recommending operational and procurement decisions to achieve reliable, secure, integrated information resources and information systems for the White House, the memo said.