Tech CEOs visit White House to talk about modernizing government

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

Another tech meeting is also scheduled later for this week, though that is expected focused more on new technologies such as the IoT, and drones.

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, made some of his first public remarks since joining the administration when he spoke Monday at an event for the American Technology Council.

The effort is part of a broader plan to shrink government, cut federal employees, and eliminate regulations.

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner leaves a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 22, 2017. Those using abusive language or negative behavior will result in being blacklisted on Disqus. Trump, who said in Israel on May 23 that he was convinced both sides are "ready to reach for peace", has also met with other key stakeholders, such as the leaders of Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Most of the government's 6,100 data centers can be consolidated and moved to a cloud-based storage system.

Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said he wanted the Trump administration to make use of commercially available technologies, worker retraining, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Ivanka Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House in Washington.

The top tech companies have lambasted the president for signing a second executive order targeting refugees from majority-Muslim countries, and many fear that Trump might seek to limit high-skilled immigration, citing his comments on the campaign trail.

Kushner will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu in Jerusalem and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah as a Trump envoy, along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to the President and special representative for global negotiations, the official told The Washington Post on Sunday night. IBM was prominent last week during the White House's push for apprenticeships.

The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud.

The goal of the council, which includes 18 leadership officials from various agencies, is to "transform and modernize" federal IT and provide the president with tech policy advice, according to the executive order establishing the council. "We're going to change that with the help of great American businesses like the people assembled".

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