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Trump places Kushner on task force to streamline the government


(CitizensOutpost) President Trump will be unveiling a new White House office on Monday called the White House Office of American Innovation.  It will be led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and given authority to overhaul federal bureaucracy in an effort to fulfill Trump’s campaign promises:

[It] will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.

“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

Kushner, 36, used to be in real estate as well as a media executive.  He has assumed many roles in the Trump administration thus far, assisting with foreign and domestic policy as well as an acting diplomat for relations with China, Mexico, Canada, and the Middle East.  He wants to create a mega team of talented officials to streamline the government:

“We should have excellence in government,” Kushner said Sunday in an interview in his West Wing office. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

Kushner’s initial goals include improving Veterans Affairs, the modernization of federal technology and data infrastructure, as well as workforce training programs.  One thing that stands out from how this office will be run is that there will be little to no political experience, relying on business-minded talent to get the job done.

Kushner’s team is being formalized just as the Trump administration is proposing sweeping budget cuts across many departments, and members said they would help find efficiencies.

“The president’s doing what is necessary to have a prudent budget, and that makes an office like this even more vital as we need to get more out of less dollars by doing things smarter, doing things better, and by leaning on the private sector,” Cordish said.

Recognizing the government’s current shortcomings and picking the brains of the private sector, Kushner will certainly have the talent and expertise to trim the fat of an overly amassed federal body that could be run more efficiently for less money.

Source: Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas – The Washington Post