Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

Susan Walsh, Associated Press

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner tries to quiet the audience so he can speak 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. The White House Office of American Innovation is hosting a series of working sessions to generate ideas to transform and modernize Government Services. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday urged technology CEOs to pitch in on President Donald Trump’s effort to modernize government.

“Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services to citizens, stronger protection from cyberattacks,” said Trump, adding that the possible changes could produce up to $1 trillion in savings over 10 years.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, were among those attending an afternoon of working groups on issues like technology infrastructure, cybersecurity and visas for foreign workers. Trump has spoken out against illegal immigration and signed an executive order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, a source of tension with technology firms.

“We’re working very diligently with everybody, including Congress, on immigration so that you can get the people you want in your companies,” the…

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