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With the release of its objectives, the Trump administration is now ready to begin negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement in mid-August.
In an 18-page report released on Monday, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer highlighted the administration's objective to renegotiate the 24-year-old free trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Como ya lo informó La Política Online, la agenda de Luis Videgaray -quizás la más intensa desde que asumió como canciller- durante su viaje de trabajo por Estados Unidos tuvo como objeto reforzar vínculos con actores clave para la renegociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio, luego de la polémico reunión de Enrique Peña Nieto y Donald Trump en Alemania, durante la cumbre del G-20.
As the Senate grapples with health care legislation , an IT modernization bill that sailed through the House of Representative and enjoys White House support still awaits committee markup.
The Modernizing Government Technology Act, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and cosponsored by 18 bipartisan lawmakers, passed the House on a voice vote in May -- within three weeks of its 2017 introduction under a slimmed-down score from the Congressional Budget Office.
The White House Office of American Innovation has its crosshairs set on improving federal customer service, a major challenge because of the government’s "near monopoly" in providing poor service delivery.
The White House’s customer service effort is linked to modernizing government technology and will include long-term “strategic, multiyear projects,” according to Chris Liddell, assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives.
The federal government has been working toward finding ways to modernize its IT infrastructure for decades. The challenge has been that 75 to 80 percent of the federal IT budget is spent on operations and maintenance, leaving little for innovation and modernization.
Days after taking office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order with ambitious hiring goals to beef up the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — a key element of his get-tough pledges on border security.
The goals were high: 10,000 new agents for ICE to fight cross-border crime and immigration, and 5,000 for the Border Patrol to secure national borders.
In June, the Department of Defense ended the school year with an "F+" on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act's Scorecard 4.0 – a mark the DOD's CIO says the department is taking steps to boost.
Lawmakers chided the DOD for its grade – the lowest of the 24 agencies measured – which dropped from a D+ in December 2016. Representatives decried the "F" scores DOD received in three of the four measured areas: transparency, CIO authority and data center optimization.
The White House Office of American Innovation announced in March has been an object of fascination among the government community.
On the same day United States and Mexican officials announced the positive outcome of potentially contentious sugar trade talks earlier this month, a group of elite CEOs meeting in Washington, D.C. resolved to form a new organization ahead of negotiations that might alter the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement established in 1994.
When Silicon Valley executives arrived at the White House Monday to talk about modernizing federal computer systems, there was plenty of common interest at stake. The administration wants to cut redundancies and modernize the way Americans interact with their government, and tech companies see a $90 billion-a-year business.