White House Creates Office to Promote Efficiency, Spur Jobs

By Cheryl Bolen

President Donald Trump established an Office of American Innovation within the White House to focus on implementing policies and to promote proven, private-sector models to spur job creation.

The office, which will be headed by Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president and Trump’s son-in-law, was created through a March 27 presidential memorandum.

The mission of the office is to make recommendations to the president on policies and plans that improve government operations and services, spur job creation and improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future.

“One of the things that Jared’s looking at is some of the procurement, the technology aspects,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Outdated Technology

According to the memorandum, the office will launch initiatives with a focus on innovation, coordinate implementation of any resulting plans and create reports for the president with policy recommendations.

It is charged with gathering information and ideas from the government, the private sector and other thought leaders and experts outside of the government.

“And if you’ve ever really dealt with the government and recognize how outdated and un-modernized some of this is, it is not serving the American people, it is not serving the constituents that many departments have,” Spicer said.

In some areas, such as buying prescription drugs in bulk, the government does really well, Spicer said. But in other areas, such as keeping records, serving veterans and lending money, there is likely a better way, he said.

Government Not a Business

“Government is not business, right?” Spicer said. “We recognize that there are certain things that business would never do in terms of what government has to do because we serve all of our people.”

But there are certain practices that can be put in place that can help the government deliver a better product and service to the public in some key areas, Spicer said.

Kushner will have 10 White House officials working in the office, and was directed to consult with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and the yet-to-be-nominated director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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