Tech CEOs to Visit White House; Kushner Speaks

A who's who of technology names is expected to attend, including Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. Topics may range from ways the federal government can better use information technology to policies on H-1B visas.

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. He signed a separate order in March to overhaul the federal government and tapped Kushner to lead a White House Office of American Innovation to leverage business ideas and potentially privatize some government functions. Each CEO was also invited to bring what the official described as a "plus one" to the event who has expertise on these topics.

Among those representing the government will be Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both White House advisers; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly; White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn.

"We're excited to engage", VMware Inc VMW.N CEO Pat Gelsinger told reporters as he headed into the meeting. In 2015, the US government made at least 7,000 separate IT investments and some agencies were using systems that had components at least 50 years old.

The council also seeks to boost the cyber security of USA government IT systems and wants to learn from private-sector practices.

Technology CEOs were urged by the White House on Monday to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government. "They'll discuss how to use technology to modernize government services; how to cut government cost by making government infrastructure more efficient; how to make government technology more secure against cyber attacks; and, of course, immigration", reports Issie Lapowsky for Wired. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from USA government databases.

"This working session will hopefully clarify what the goals are and then what the steps are that we think we can take to get things done administratively and also get things done legislatively and then chart out a course of action and then figure out how we can work together on that issue", a senior administration official said. But so far, the White House has indicated that it does not consider the situation to be urgent. The summit will kick off the White House's Technology Week, during which time it will pay special attention to technology issues. For example, Trump's decision to remove the US from the Paris Agreement, a pact to increase measures to control climate change, caused Tesla CEO Elon Musk to resign his positions on White House advisory boards.

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