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Obama’s Tech Surge Is One Effort Trump May Not Reverse

Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Trump, tells Obama team that modernizing government tech is a “mission critical task.”
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Trump Seems Ready to Embrace ‘Obama Tech Surge’

As Silicon Valley girds for a possible rollback of net neutrality, the H-1B visa program and other prized policies, here’s a bit of potentially favorable news: The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be ready to embrace the “Obama tech surge,” the organized insertion of technologists and modern digital tools into the highest branches of the federal government.

Early this month, leaders of the U.S. Digital Service and other tech teams under Barack Obama met with three members of the Trump transition: Reed Cordish, assistant for intragovernmental and technology initiatives; Gerrit Lansing, chief digital officer at the Republican National Committee; and Dirk Eyman, the RNC’s director of network operations. The Obama techies presented their efforts and reported back that the meeting went well, according to a person briefed on the discussion. Then about two weeks ago, Todd Park, an Obama tech advisor and former U.S. chief technology officer, received this e-mail from Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner: