President Donald Trump promised” embroiling changeover” in the federal government’s use of technology as he accepted top executives from many of the world’s largest tech companies to the White House.
The meeting Monday accompanied leaders of an industry whose key people have at times openly clashed with Trump. But nothing of the executives criticized the president in public discussions, and Trump projected a jovial feeling, touting the additions in technology broths since he took office and conveying confidence his government would overcome such long-running challenges as revamping the air traffic system.
He likewise offered a little bit of succour for tech administrations because of concerns his immigration policies would disavow service industries talent, saying he was working” extremely diligently” with Congress on immigration so” you can get the people you want .”
Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, who has chided Trump for his excursion forbidding and the U.S. pullout from the Paris climate treaty, responded with kudo for Trump’s senior consultant and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is leading the administration’s technology sphere outreach.
” The U.S. should have the most modern government in “the worlds” and today it doesn’t .,” Cook alleged.” It’s great to see the effort that Jared is putting in in working on occasions that will pay back in five and 10 and 20 times .”
The meeting Monday of the American Technology Council, which Trump commissioned in May and which is being shepherded by Kushner, knocks off a week of disposal events themed on technology.
The agenda featured labor hearings on issues including cybersecurity, big data, impostor observation, artificial intelligence and gloom computing, according to a White House document outlining the program.
A who’s-who of technology refers were in attendance, including Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos, Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz, Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and International Business Machines Corp. CEO Ginni Rometty.
Trump’s May 1 executive ordering generating the American Technology Council called for the group of federal officials to modernise the use of technology across the government.
” Americans deserve better digital assistances from their government ,” Trump wrote in the order.
The federal government spends more than $80 billion yearly on information technology, hiring about 113,000 IT professionals, in agreement with the White House. But many of the information systems used by federal agencies are outdated and ineffective, according to two senior administration officials who briefed reporters about the meet on condition of anonymity.
A recent decision by Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to contract with a private busines to manage the department’s electronic medical records is an example of the kind of changes the American Technology Council will seek, government officials said.
Much of the agenda for Monday’s meeting involves seeking ways for the Trump administration to adopt excellent practises from the private sector organizations, including spotting opportunities to draft talented individuals to join the government.
The officials too planned to discuss the H-1B visa program, which Trump has pledged to scale back despite the objections from Silicon Valley.
The meeting was also conspicuous for who didn’t accompany. Tesla CEO Elon Musk left two of Trump’s advisory councils earlier this month after the president was indicated that he would gather the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.
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