Google’s head of global public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, is joining the Obama administration as deputy chief technology officer, the NYT reports, citing sources. A Google (NSDQ: GOOG) spokesman confirmed to paidContent that McLaughlin was leaving, although he could not provide additional details. The NYT says McLaughlin will serve under Aneesh Chopra, who Obama appointed as the nation’s first chief technology officer in mid-April. McLauglin’s appointment should appease critics who were concerned that Chopra — the former secretary of technology in Virginia — was not from the Valley.
Google, of course, already has a prominent presence in the White House. Former business development exec Katie Jacobs Stanton was named the administration’s “director of citizen participation” in late January. And CEO Eric Schmidt is a member of the president