Tech CEOs to visit White House

Todd Singleton
June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in May to establish the American Technology Council (ATC), which will coordinate how the Federal government should modernize its IT systems and how it delivers digital services.

Technology CEOS are expected at the White House Monday for an event focused on modernizing government.

"It turns out that federal agencies collectively operate 6,100 data centers, the vast majority of which can be consolidated and migrated to the Cloud, something a lot of you know a lot about", Kushner said.

The heads of Silicon Valley's largest companies are gathering at the White House today for the inaugural meeting of the new American Technology Council.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was focusing on technology this week. Facebook FB.O CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited but could not attend because of a conflict, the company said.

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Executives including Amazon.com Inc.

All of those companies declined comment to CNNMoney about Monday's meeting. Kalanick is now taking an unspecified leave from the helm at Uber as the company looks to move past a tumultuous few months. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move that Trump portrayed as a win for US workers.

"Many of our federal systems are decades old, with our ten oldest being between 39 and 56 years old", he continued. "This structure is unsustainable", Kushner said. They hope to build a working relationship with the White House on the bipartisan issue of modernizing government. CEOs in that session will be asked to address the question, "How can the H-1B visa program be modified to ensure that visas are issued to the highest-skilled and highest-paid workers, while also eliminating examples of the program's abuse?" Apple CEO Tim Cook threw a fundraiser for Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton previous year. It seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from USA government databases.

Kushner says the CEOS are working on some of the country's biggest challenges. IBM was prominent last week during the White House's push for apprenticeships. A 2016 government audit found that in Medicaid alone, there was $29 billion in fraud in a single year. Musk quit two of Trump's business advisory councils earlier this month after the president's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement.

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