Kushner asks large tech firms to help upgrade federal agencies: report

Kushner asks large tech firms to help upgrade federal agencies: report
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President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is considering a system where leading tech engineers would serve a "tour of duty" advising the government on how to upgrade its digital infrastructure. 

Kushner and other top Trump advisers said in a private call with tech industry leaders on Thursday that the government is establishing "centers of excellence" — teams focused on moving federal agencies to cloud-based computing that could make more government data available for public use — according to a report by Recode.

Sources told Recode that the private call included executives from Apple, Google, IBM, Intel, MasterCard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

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Tech leaders reportedly pressed the Trump administration to release more data from regulators to the private sector and to make it easier for companies to sell technology to the federal government.

Kushner's Office of American Innovation asked tech leaders for help with this, potentially with leading engineers serving "tours of duty" where they would advise various agencies on modernizing their systems.

Trump's son-in-law is tasked with modernizing information technology systems across the federal government, and in June invited the CEOs of Apple and Amazon to the White House to discuss how to begin this process.