The Senate has confirmed Michael Kratsios, previously the deputy U.S. chief technology officer and deputy assistant to the president, as the new federal CTO, The Hill reported Thursday.
Kratsios, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, was confirmed by voice vote and is now the fourth person to hold the position. He has been leading the Office of Science and Technology Policy on an acting basis since 2017 and spent almost a decade in the financial services industry.
Last month, Kratsios noted during his confirmation hearing that he hopes to focus on emerging industries such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and 5G technology. President Trump nominated Kratsios for the CTO role in March.