Mohana Ravindranath | Nextgov | April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here are the People Likely to Make Up Trump's Office of American Innovation

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President Donald Trump has created a new White House office dedicated to applying business practices to government operations, to be headed up by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

The new Office of American Innovation, codified in a presidential memorandum, is described internally as a sort of “SWAT team” of consultants who bring business practices into government, according to The Washington Post. Its mission is to “improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future and spur job creation,” the memorandum stated—including by fixing problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and modernizing federal IT.

That group will make policy recommendations directly to the president and publish periodic reports about the “information, ideas and experiences from other parts of government, from the private sector and from other thought leaders and experts outside of the federal government,” the memorandum said.

It’s currently unclear who will officially be participating in that effort. The Post, which first reported on the office, wrote Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff would be among the advisers from prominent tech businesses, but he subsequently told Politico that “I have no role with them. ... I think there might have been some confusion about that, but I’m not involved with them at all.”

Spokespeople for the Gates Foundation and Tesla had no comment about whether Microsoft Founder Bill Gates or Tesla CEO Elon Musk would participate, according to Politico; Apple spokespeople also didn’t respond to requests confirming the participation of Apple CEO Tim Cook. The Post had noted the Office of American Innovation was working with all four.

Here's who is likely staffing the Office of American Innovation, based on the presidential memorandum, which listed participants by their titles, and reporting from Politico: