Another top official heads to Silicon Valley

The former chief information officer at the General Services Administration is the latest government official to decamp from Washington and head out to Silicon Valley.

Sonny Hashmi, who stepped down from his post at the government management agency last week, will lead the government-focused efforts of cloud storage company Box, the Los Altos, Calif., firm announced on Thursday.


“Beyond the GSA, Sonny has been a change agent, leading a wave of government agencies adopting cloud and mobile platforms, as well as more agile approaches to technology delivery,” CEO Aaron Levie wrote in a blog post.

Box promises to securely store and share information online and claims that 275,000 companies use its services. After it went public in January, the company was reportedly valued at $1.7 billion.

Now, it’s looking for the government to hop onboard.

“Box has been used within government agencies for years as a secure platform for sharing and collaborating on critical information, and we see a significant opportunity to expand in this space,” Levie said, explaining Hashmi’s new role.

The hiring is only the latest in a growing trend of people jumping back and forth between the tech sector and the Obama administration.

Last month, former White House press secretary Jay Carney announced he was heading to Amazon to lead its worldwide corporate affairs. 

Before that, Obama’s former campaign chief David Plouffe announced he was taking a high-profile spot with ride-hailing company Uber. In 2013, Apple announced that it had hired former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. 

The trend goes both ways.

At the White House, both the chief technology officer and the head of a new digital strike team are Google alumni.