President Donald Trump has signed an executive order creating a new technology council to “transfer and modernize” the U.S. government’s information technology systems, according to a press release by the White House on Monday.  The executive order establishes the American Technology Council (ATC).

“It is the policy of the United States to promote the secure, efficient, and economical use of information technology to achieve its missions,” stated the press release.  “Americans deserve better digital services from their Government.  To effectuate this policy, the Federal Government must transform and modernize its information technology and how it uses and delivers digital services.”

The principal functions of the ATC include:

  • Coordinating the vision, strategy, and direction for the Federal Government’s use of information technology and the delivery of services through information technology;
  • Coordinating advice to the President related to policy decisions and processes regarding the Federal Government’s use of information technology and the delivery of services through information technology; and
  • Working to ensure that these decisions and processes are consistent with stated policy set forth in section 1 of the executive order, and that the policy is being effectively implemented.

The executive order states that all agencies are encouraged to cooperate with the ATC and to provide such assistance, information, and advice to the ATC as the ATC may request, to the extent permitted by law.