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Trump Commissions Tech Council To Modernise Government

Chloe Henderson

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President Donald Trump has commissioned the establishment of an ‘American Technology Council’, aimed at modernising the US government.

In an executive order signed yesterday, he said the council will ensure the development of a more modern system for delivering digital services to citizens.

It will further the interests of the US government by promoting the “secure, efficient, and economical use of information technology.”

“Americans deserve better digital services from their government,” it reads. “To effectuate this policy, the Federal Government must transform its information technology and how it uses and delivers digital services.”

The President will act as Chairman to a committee that includes the Vice President, the Secretaries of Defence, Commerce, and Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the US Chief Technology Officer.

Their principle function is to: “Coordinate the vision, strategy, and direction for the Federal Government’s use of information technology and the delivery of services through information technology.

They will also coordinate advice to the President for policy decisions and processes relating to the Federal Government’s use of information technology.

A White House source told Recode that former Microsoft executive Chris Liddell will lead the council, with the first meeting set for early June.

They also reported that the President’s team has reached out to companies including Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Google, and SpaceX for collaboration.

The executive order stipulates that: “All agencies are encouraged to cooperate with the ATC and provide such assistance, information, and advice to the ATC as the ATC may require, to the extent permitted by law.”

In February the UK Government announced the launch of the Government Transformation Strategy outlining their plans for digital transformation.

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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