Trump initiative to bring business ideas to government

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner (© AP Images)
President Trump named Senior Adviser Jared Kushner (right) to lead an office to improve government efficiency. (© AP Images)

President Trump’s newly created White House Office of American Innovation will seek to overhaul government functions by using ideas from the business sector.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, will lead the office.

“One of the primary reasons I ran for president was the need for new thinking and real change, and I know the office and its team will help us meet those challenges,” Trump said March 27.

Among those working on the effort are National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn; Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives; and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives.

More than 100 private-sector CEOs and others have already discussed the initiative with White House officials.

Topics the new office will tackle include these:

  • Modernizing government services and information technology.
  • Creating transformational infrastructure projects.
  • Implementing regulatory and process reforms.
  • Creating manufacturing jobs.
  • Developing “workforce of the future” programs.