President Obama's tech czar is back at his desk this week after taking a leave of absence from the White House following an FBI probe into his former office.

Former Washington, D.C., CTO Vivek Kundra, who was recently appointed Federal CIO, has not been implicated in the FBI's corruption investigation, which centers on a city employee and a technology consultant.

The Washington Post reports that Kundra returned to work Tuesday following his five-day hiatus, easing tech sector worries about the possible impact on Obama's long-term IT strategy.

Despite his brief retreat from the spotlight, Kundra was embroiled in his own unrelated mini-scandal earlier this week, regarding a run-in with the law more than a decade ago. In 1996, the then 21-year old pleaded guilty to theft, according to Maryland court documents, and received a $500 fine.

Documents from the Montgomery County District Court list the value of the theft as less than $300. After gaining access to Montgomery police records, the Associated Press reported that Kundra shoplifted four dress shirts worth $134 from J.C. Penney.

"Thirteen years ago, Vivek Kundra committed a youthful indiscretion," Moira Mack, a White House spokeswoman, told "He performed community service, and we're fully satisfied that he resolved the matter."

The precise circumstances surrounding Kundra's leave of absence are still unclear, however, although the White House is keen to have the one-time D.C technology chief help drive the federal IT agenda. Obama, who has seen so many of his key appointees become mired in controversy, is desperate to drag U.S. government IT into the 21st century.

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