Obama to meet with high-tech CEOs on HealthCare.gov, NSA

December 16, 2013
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President Obama will meet Tuesday with some of the nation's leading high-tech executives to discuss how to improve HealthCare.gov and the federal IT contracting system, along with his administration's approach to national security, a White House official said.

The 15 attendees include some of Silicon Valley's most prominent chief executives, including Apple's Tim Cook, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Dropbox's Drew Houston and Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. The group also includes representatives of traditional technology firms, such as Randall Stephenson, the chairman and CEO of AT&T, and Comcast's Brian L. Roberts.

The meeting comes one day after a federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s widespread collection of telephone records of millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional; several high-tech companies have complained about the extent to which that program infringes on Americans' right to privacy.

Obama privately told some high-tech leaders during a fundraiser in San Francisco last month that he wants to overhaul the nation's federal contracting system in the wake of HealthCare.gov's troubled rollout, according to attendees at the event.

The president plans "to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service," wrote the White House official, who asked not to be identified because the meeting had not taken place yet.

The meeting will also address "the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures" and how the administration can work "with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility," the official added.

The full list of attendees is below:

  • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
  • Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
  • Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
  • Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO, Netflix
  • Drew Houston, founder and CEO, Dropbox
  • Marissa Mayer, president and CEO, Yahoo!
  • Burke Norton, chief legal officer, Salesforce
  • Mark Pincus, founder, chief product officer and chairman, Zynga
  • Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and co-CEO, Sherpa Global
  • Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast
  • Erika Rottenberg, vice president, general counsel and secretary, LinkedIn
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  • Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google
  • Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel, Microsoft
  • Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO, AT&T

 

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