“We have challenged ourselves to pursue change that will provide utility to Americans far beyond our tenure here”, Kushner said.
President Trump has given Kushner a wide range of responsibilities in the White House, ranging from bringing peace to the Middle East, to solving the opioid crisis, to reorganizing the entire executive branch of the United States government. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that their political differences wouldn’t hinder their working together.
In May, Trump created an “American Technology Council”, the latest in a series of efforts to modernise the United States government.
He said the administration was scrapping unneeded regulations for government computing systems, such as a rule on preventing Y2K issues. The government has more than 6,000 data centers and spends $86 billion a year on technology, figures that are “orders of magnitude” higher than the private-market equivalents, Liddell said.
The meeting with almost 20 chief executives comes as the White House pushes to shrink government, cut federal employees and eliminate regulations.
Numerous tech executives are eager to get White House help in dealing with regulatory and other policy issues such as visas for highly skilled workers.
Kushner was speaking to tech leaders about how modernizing government technology can make agencies more efficient and services easier to use for everyday Americans. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – who has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past – called on the USA government to take advantage of commercial technology, much like those provided by his own company and others sat at the table.
The CEOs and White House also planned to discuss Trump’s review announced in April of the US visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country.
The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud.
Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord was also widely criticized by tech executives, with some withdrawing from advisory positions as a result. 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.