White House tech adviser stops thief


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Geek by day — crime fighter by night?

Alvand Salehi, from the White House Office of the Federal CIO, stopped a robbery on his way to a meeting Monday by chasing a man who stole a woman’s purse, the Washington Post reported.

The senior adviser told the paper he ran head-on towards the thief when he saw him wrestling away a woman’s purse. As Salehi rushed towards him, the man dropped it and ran the opposite way, but Secret Service quickly caught up and arrested him.

When Salehi isn’t running head-on towards criminals, the former presidential management fellow works on developing the nation’s federal source code policy. He is even speaking speaking at Oscon May 16, an open source conference in Austin. Before the White House, he worked to expand internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa while at the State Department.

Pretty good, Alvand. If you ever want to get out of D.C., maybe Gotham needs a CIO. 

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Applications & Software, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Departments, Government IT News, open government, open source, State Department, Tech
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