Jared Kushner speaks at tech event

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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, made some of his first public remarks since joining the administration when he spoke Monday at an event for the American Technology Council. The government has more than 6,000 data centers and spends $86 billion a year on technology, figures that are "orders of magnitude" higher than the private-market equivalents, Liddell said.

Kushner said that while he had been warned that government change could be slow, he has found "exactly the opposite" and praised the "talented civil servants" he is working with.

President Donald Trump met on Monday with the heads of 18 US technology companies including Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp, seeking their help to make the government's computing systems more efficient.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Oracle's Safra Catz and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, were among the attendees at the meeting.

The White House is seeking to shrink government, reduce the federal workforce and eliminate regulations. Many business executives are eager to work with the new administration as they face numerous regulatory and other policy issues.

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In May, Trump asked lawmakers to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in a budget that also boosted spending on defense.

Kushner kicked off the White House "Technology Week" as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to make progress on campaign promises. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move that Trump portrayed as a win for US workers.

Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, will oversee the event with Chris Liddell, a White House aide who directs the technology effort. In 2015, the USA government made at least 7,000 separate IT investments and some agencies were using systems that had components at least 50 years old.

Kushner also referenced the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act, which was created to make the government more efficient where it still has domain over every form online. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from USA government databases.

Following Trump's June 1 decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger stepped down from White House advisory panels.

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