Jared Kushner delivers remarks at White House tech summit

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks at the opening session of the White House meeting with technology Chief Executive Officers to mark "technology week", Monday, June 19, 2017, in the Indian Treat Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.

In many ways, Trump's efforts during "tech week" continue the work of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, who spent eight years trying to modernize the US government.

Trump himself sat in on some of the sessions and offered remarks at the end of the day.

The effort is part of a broader plan to shrink government, cut federal employees, and eliminate regulations.

Federal agencies maintain more than 6,000 costly data centers, Kushner told tech executives, some of which are decades old and cost taxpayers great sums. The Trump budget seeks more than $95 billion for IT in fiscal year 2018. "Our goal here is simple", Kushner said in discussing the Council.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. "That is a core promise and we are keeping it". "The Department of Defense, for example, still uses 8-inch floppy disks on some of its legacy systems". "We have challenged ourselves to pursue change, empower interagency teams", Kushner said. "Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution". "This structure is unsustainable", Kushner said. He said the work the Trump administration has already done looks promising for technological advancements, citing Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin's efforts to digitize records.

Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, has been tasked with overseeing several Trump administration initiatives, including brokering peace in the Middle East, revamping the federal government, tackling the opioid epidemic, and heading the Office of American Innovation. The move led Elon Musk, the leader of SpaceX and Tesla, to skip the high-profile Monday summit, after sources said he previously planned to attend.

From industry, PayPal founder and long-time Trump supporter Peter Thiel was in attendance, along with CEOs from Accenture, Adobe, VMware, OpenGov, IBM, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, among others.

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