Working on building your Facebook friends? Well now there might be a new Facebooker that is anxious to get on your network: THE US GOVERNMENT.

Vivek Kundra has been appointed as the US federal government’s first CIO, and promises to move the government to adopt more consumer technology, as well as cloud computing. He sees cloud computing as an alternative to the “big IT” culture of federal agencies.

As reported by ComputerWorld’s Patrick Thibodeau, Kundra is also a big fan of social networking communities such as Facebook, which he sees as a potential model by which citizen-based communities can help drive policy. Facebook’s 140 million users have “been able to self-organize on issues, on policy, on problems and create a movement so people can be heard,” he is quoted as saying.

“We have the ability to run an open, transparent, participatory and collaborative government,” he also said.