UPDATED: Steven VanRoekel, CIO, U.S. Government speaks

There are no white gloves and gowns at this debut but it still marks an important coming-of-age story for America.

Steven VanRoekel makes his first public appearance as since being named by President Barack Obama as the federal government’s chief information officer. The former Microsoft executive and FCC managing director succeeds Vivek Kundra, the first federal CIO in the nation’s history.

According to GovFresh, VanRoekel inherits a portfolio north of $80 billion dollar in federal IT spending. Projects include overhauling IT spending priorities, cloud computing mandates for federal agencies, data center consolidation, government transparency, cybersecurity and IT workforce issues.

The broadcast of VanRoekel’s speech is courtesy of the Churchill Club Open Forum and program co-hosts TechAmerica, TechNet, and PARC.