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03/09/2018, 22:37:24

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Jared Kushner is quietly tackling Washington's swamp

Kayleigh
McEnany is the national spokesperson for the Republican National
Committee. Prior to joining the RNC, McEnany was a CNN political
commentator. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School and BSFS
from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. The views expressed here
are solely the author's.

(CNN)President
Donald Trump set out to drain the Washington swamp, and perhaps no one
has aided him more effectively than senior adviser Jared Kushner.

As
Kushner continues to make government accountable to the people, the
Washington swamp -- including the media and DC bureaucracy -- has
retaliated with a Kushner takedown effort, hiding or downplaying his
accomplishments while engaging in character assassination.

Kayleigh McEnany
With
little fanfare, Jared Kushner is quietly tackling Washington's slow,
outdated modus operandi while simultaneously engaging in high-level
diplomacy that promotes America's interests on the world stage.

This week alone showcases the meaningful difference Kushner is making.

Tuesday
began with Kushner standing alongside Administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma, who was announcing a plan
to improve Americans' access to their medical records -- a vexing,
longstanding problem that has left millions of people in the dark about
their health. "America needs better patient access to data and
interoperability now," Kushner stated resolutely. The White House Office
of American Innovation, which Kushner leads, will direct the MyHealthEData initiative.

The next day, Kushner changed gears, traveling to Mexico City for a high-stakes meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto covering a panoply of issues -- immigration, trade, and security among them.
The meeting comes as the Trump administration seeks to make good on its
campaign promises of building a border wall, renegotiating NAFTA, and
leveling tariffs to remedy our trade imbalance. Alongside National
Security Council and State Department efforts, Kushner's meeting was
part of a push to transform those promises into action.

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But
you would be hard-pressed to find much positive media coverage of these
or Kushner's other achievements. A barrage of contrived smear stories
about Kushner's interactions with CEOs or security clearance dominate --
attacks clearly fueled by those who resent Kushner's plans to change
Washington.

The White House's Office of American Innovation was set up to bring "new thinking and real change" to the country's toughest problems. By working with our nation's brightest tech CEOs, Kushner's office
is modernizing federal government in order to effectively serve the
people. His work at streamlining government is starting to take shape.


For example, the Obama administration left behind a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) long plagued by scandal, delays, and other issues. When Kushner met with VA administrators, he asked them
what it would take to make a "quantum leap." Work by Kushner and his
team led to a multi-billion dollar computer system for the VA and, as
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin described to Politico,
"ditching its decades-old electronic records system... [which
contained] a flaw that can leave new veterans without help right when
they're likely to need it the most." The work is ongoing, but this is a
very promising step forward.

Kushner noted
on Tuesday, "I could not understand why medical records from the
Department of Defense could not be seamlessly transferred to the
Veteran's Administration... Our military is
the most advanced on Earth, yet we cannot get the medical records from
DoD to VA." The new system will help ensure that our nation's heroes do
not fall through the cracks.

Kushner's
work to help the VA innovate its technology is part of a more systemic
and ongoing effort to bring government technology into the 21st century.
In December, the American Technology Council, which Kushner's office oversees, released 50 recommendations
to address the so-called "plumbing" issues in government -- the slow
and defunct way that government agencies operate, often hindering the
ability to serve the American people. According to
Federal News Radio, 71% of the government's budget is spent on old,
"legacy" technology. Kushner and the teams he oversees are already
working to change that.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in particular need. As a part of the technological innovation plan developed by the American Technology Council under the direction of Kushner's Office of American Innovation, the USDA would reduce the number of chief information officers from 22 to just one. In line with this, the USDA would also reduce
its data centers from 39 to one. The streamlining and consolidation of
the USDA has a focused goal: "improv[ing] the USDA customer experience"
and making its programs "easy-to-use" for the American people through
online customer portals.

In explaining the repercussions of these efforts, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky said
back in December, "[R]ather than each agency within a mission area
having their own human resources people, their own procurement, their
own property, their own IT officers, we are rolling that up to the
business centers, which we think it's a much [more] effective way to be
organized."
Though the announcement
was a great first step toward making an agency accountable to its
taxpayers, it was sure to disgruntle the swamp because with streamlining
and "consolidation" comes "some title changes" for bureaucrats, as Censky acknowledged.

And
who better for a forlorn federal bureaucracy or for the media to attack
than Jared Kushner, the head of the office tasked with government
modernization?

Though you may not
have heard much about it, Kushner is working with steadfast focus on
advocating for the American people, bringing government and its
technology into alignment with the people's needs and finally ending the
Washington swamp's status quo.





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