The Federal government needs to set standards for cybersecurity and hold the proper people accountable, technology executives that gathered at the White House on June 19 told Rob Joyce, cyber coordinator for the White House.






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Despite disagreements about climate policy and immigration, the White House still managed to scrape together 18 technology executives who want to have a voice in the administration. Jared Kushner, head of the White House Office of American Innovation, said, “Many warned me bureaucracy would resist any change we tried to implement. So far I’ve found exactly the opposite. The goal is simple here, to improve the day-to-day lives of average citizens. That’s a core promise and we are keeping it.”






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Eighteen technology company CEOs are expected to attend the White House Tech Summit on June 19 to talk about modernizing the government’s tech infrastructure and keeping its computers safe from cyberattacks. The technology leaders could benefit if the government moves to modernize with the help of their hardware, software, and cloud-computing services.






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Much of the government has a fear of taking technological risks, and it is the role of digital services teams to snap agency leadership out of that way of thinking, according to Digital Services panelists at the AWS Public Sector Summit on June 13.






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Rob Joyce, cybersecurity coordinator for the White House, has the opportunity to heal tensions between the intelligence community and the technology industry in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack.






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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is the administration’s not-so-secret technology whiz. Kushner went from running Trump’s secret campaign data analytics operation to taking on the more public role of leading the White House Office of American Innovation.






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The White House on May 23 released an updated version of its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which gives a slightly more detailed look at the president’s budget priorities, including defense, border security measures, law enforcement, veterans services, school choice, and a nationwide parental leave plan.






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Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, gave an overview of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which focuses more on the taxpayer than the recipients of Federal programs.






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