Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

Several of the executives complimented Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to Trump, and his wife, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a senior adviser, for helping to drive the initiative.

The White House on Monday urged technology CEOs to pitch in on President Donald Trump’s effort to modernize government.

A high powered meeting took place earlier today, that saw members o the tech community sit down with President Donald Trump and members of the USA administration. He said there was “a lot of room for optimization in the federal government”. IBM was prominent last week during the White House’s push for apprenticeships.

Though the CEOs from Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Oracle, Abobbe. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move Trump portrayed as a win for USA workers. It seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. 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. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from US government databases.

Trump’s May 1 executive order creating the American Technology Council called for the group of federal officials to over haul the use of technology across the government.

“While the government is responsible for providing services for citizens, private industry has the luxury of being able to provide truly specialized user experiences, ” the White House document said. A 2016 government audit found that in Medicaid alone, there was $29 billion in fraud in a single year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk left two of Trump’s advisory councils earlier this month after the president announced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. White House officials said the dispute had little impact and that they had to turn away tech leaders from Monday’s event because of lack of space.