Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government
Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government
20 June, 2017, 00:35
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, leads the inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington. The President's relationship with Silicon Valley has at times been strained; many top tech executives disagree with his policies and supported rival candidate Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
Venture capitalist John Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, viewed the Monday gathering as part of a broader history of bipartisan efforts to use technology to modernize government and "improve the lives of all Americans", a company spokeswoman said.
Among those attending the meeting are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Safra Catz, co-chief executive of Oracle.
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There will also be a working session on H-1B visas and immigration.
The council also seeks to boost the cyber security of US government IT systems and wants to learn from private-sector practices. They are expected to discuss different issues including shrinking the government, reducing federal employees, improving government services, and eliminating regulations among others. Chris Liddell, the White House director of strategic initiatives, is the council's director. Kalanick is now taking an unspecified leave from the helm at Uber as the company looks to move past a tumultuous few months.
He said the administration was scrapping unneeded cyber compliance rules and should be able to consolidate and eliminate the vast majority of the government's 6,100 data centers and move to a cloud-based storage system.
Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to stop by, and the group will meet with Trump late in the afternoon to provide an overview of the discussions, according to one senior White House official.
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