Report: White House Asks Tech Firms’ Aid in Federal IT Modernization Via ‘Tours of Duty’

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The White House has called on technology companies to perform short “tours of duty” to help the federal government carry out information technology modernization initiatives, Recode reported Thursday.

Jared Kushner, head of the Office of American Innovation, and other presidential advisers held a private call with representatives from Apple, Google, Amazon, Qualcomm, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Mastercard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss plans on the creation of small teams or “centers of excellence,” sources familiar with the matter said.

Such teams will work to reduce regulations and help agencies adopt cloud computing and leverage data for use in the private sector, the sources noted.

Reed Cordish, one of the Trump administration’s top tech aides, also briefed the firms about the White House’s efforts to advance computer science education, the report added.

President Donald Trump also met with executives from 18 tech companies in June to discuss strategies on how to modernize federal IT systems.

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