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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 7:26 AM

CEOs will bring a "plus one" from their company and connect a four-hour event with ten different working sessions, each focused on a technology problem the government wants to tackle.

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The White House Office of American Innovation, led by led by top Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the American Technology Council will convene a grouping of top technology CEOs for an elite-level brainstorming session on Monday afternoon.

CEOs will bring a "plus one" from their company and connect a four-hour event with ten different working sessions, each focused on a technology problem the government wants to tackle. Kushner and the Office of American Innovation are looking for input from top minds in the field.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to connect in some of the working sessions, and President Donald Trump will meet with the grouping once the sessions have finished, in order to hear some of their ideas.

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon. com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos, Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz and International Business Machines Corp. CEO Ginni Rometty will all be in attendance and are expected to partake in the day's events.

This comes after some of the same CEOs, and others from the technology industry expressed disappointment with President Trump'south decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Tim Cook tweeted that the decision was "incorrect for our planet." Microsoft posted a statement on LinkedIn by President Brad Smith, saying the company was disappointed. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he'd be leaving the presidential councils he serves on after the decision.

  • Trump supporters, opponents react to Paris climate agreement pullout

When asked about this issue on a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official who was involved with organizing Monday'south event said there was "virtually number fallback" from the president'south climate decision.

"Some liked the decision, some didn't love the decision, but they look a bigger relationship and they've been very pleased with the level of dialogue that comes out of this White House, and with the president," the official said.

The topics that'll be covered in Monday'south working sessions comprise the cloud, cybersecurity, analytics, huge data, contract reform, talent recruitment and future technology trends. Senior administration executive said there will be a specific focus on modernizing government IT systems.

"Before we can start doing a lot of the things that are very exciting, we actually have to obtain the government to a space where the technology is supportive of what a modern operation should see love and quite frankly it'south a long ways far from that," said one senior official.

But the questions CEOs will be asked to examine in the "Future Trends" session involve some of the most sophisticated technology being developed right now -- and clearly fall into the category of "exciting." The session includes one brainstorming question on drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). For example, "How can else can UAS be integrated into our operations to allow the highest quality government services?" Another question deals with machine learning and artificial intelligence (MLAI), asking CEOs to discuss how MLAI can be integrated into government services in the future.

There will also be a working session on H-1B visas and immigration. CEOs in that session will be asked to address the question, "How can the H-1B visa program be modified to ensure that visas are issued to the highest-skilled and highest-paid workers, while also eliminating examples of the program'south abuse?"

Senior administration executive said this was a special topic added to the afternoon because of anticipated interest. Executive said they believe there is alignment between the administration and technology CEOs on H-1Bs but wish to hear more.

"This working session will hopefully make clear what the goals are and then what the steps are that we think we can get to obtain things done administratively and also obtain things done legislatively and then chart out a course of action and then figure out how we can work together on that issue," a senior administration official said.

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