Kushner Delivers Speech About Analyzing, Auditing Infrastructure

June 19, 2017

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Monday delivered a speech at the White House about analyzing and auditing infrastructure.

"We have challenged ourselves to pursue change that will provide utility to Americans far beyond our tenure here," said Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law. "Together, we have set ambitious goals and empowered interagency teams to tackle our objectives."

He then discussed the importance of the Trump administration analyzing and auditing infrastructure.

"It turns out that federal agencies collectively operate 6,100 data centers, the vast majority of which can be consolidated and migrated to the Cloud, something a lot of you know a lot about," Kushner said. "Many of our federal systems are decades old, with our 10 oldest being between 39 and 56 years old."

Kushner also referenced the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act, which was designed to make the government more efficient where it still has domain over every form online.

"This requires a six-month review and a rigorous interagency process to approve any changes that can be made on a government website regardless of how minor they are," he said.

"The [Department of Veterans Affairs] has 532 forms on, the majority of which are not accessible by modern browsers," Kushner added. "Most services still use paper forms, including 90 percent of health care applications and 86 percent of claims. Our veterans deserve better, and that's what we are going to deliver."

UPDATED 2:35 P.M.: This post was updated to include specific quotes from Jared Kushner's remarks.