Several leaders of the tech industry, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, participated in Friday's kickoff call for the White House's Office of American Innovation.
The project is led by senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump's son-in-law. According to Politico, several high-profile members of the tech community talked with Kushner and other White House insiders about, among other topics, upgrading federal computer networks.
Politico reports that Zuckerberg, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and IBM CEO Ginni Rommety were among those on the call. Kushner was joined at the White House by several people, including senior adviser Stephen Miller.
Miller, reports the website, spoke about potentially changing the H-1B visa program, which brings highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S. tech companies that employ many workers in the program.
The White House announced the formation of the Office of American Innovation at the end of March, saying its mission will be to "make recommendations to the president on policies and plans that improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future, and spur job creation."
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