The New York Times reported late Friday that Google public policy executive Andrew McLaughlin was leaving the Internet giant to join the Obama administration as the deputy U.S. chief technology officer. The deputy CTO would report to the U.S. CTO, a new government post that likely will be filled by President's Obama's pick for the job, Aneesh Chopra, who is awaiting Congressional approval.
The NYT report has not been formally confirmed by the White House or Google, but if it's true, McLaughlin would be the third Google executive to join the Obama administration, a fact that concerns observers who are worried about undue influence of a major corporation in government matters.
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President Obama nominated Chopra for U.S. CTO in April