Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior is in the frame to be appointed the US' first CTO by president-elect Barack Obama.
The 46-year-old was formerly CTO at Motorola, where she worked for 23 years. She has been at Cisco for 13 months.
Obama is also said to favour Julius Genachowski to run the US Federal Communications Commission.
Genachowski is already an adviser to Obama on the use of technology.
Genachowski has web business experience with the likes of Expedia and Ticketmaster.
Washington DC's city CTO Vivek Kundra is said to be challenging Warrior for US CTO job.