Your Update from the White House Business Team
Thursday, January 2, 2014
As we head into the holidays, we
write with your update from the White House. This week, the President hosted
executives from the nation’s leading tech companies to discuss performance
improvements on HealthCare.gov, government procurement reform and other
topics.The President also announced that Kurt DelBene, former president
of the Microsoft Office Division at Microsoft Corporation, will lead our
ongoing efforts to improve HealthCare.Gov and the Health Insurance
Marketplace.Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the opening of
the application process to join a business development trip to the Middle East
in March, and Senior Administration Officials met with a broad range of CEO’s
to discuss ending commodity-driven tropical deforestation.
As always, contact us with any
questions or concerns at Business@who.eop.gov.From all of us here
at the White House, we wish you and your families a very Happy Holidays and New
The White House Business Team
Ari, Marisa, and Sam
President Obama Meets with the Country’s
Leading Tech Executives
On Tuesday, the President and the
Vice President met with executives from leading tech companies in the Roosevelt
Room. The group discussed a number of issues of shared importance, including
the progress being made to improve performance and capacity issues with
HeathCare.Gov. While discussing the challenges surround federal IT
procurement, the President made clear his continued focus on improving the way
we deliver technology to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,
and encouraged the CEOs to continue to share their ideas on how to do so.
The group also discussed the
national security and economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence
disclosures. This was an opportunity for the President to hear from CEOs
directly as we near completion of our review of signals intelligence programs,
building on the feedback we’ve received from the private sector in recent weeks
and months. The President made clear his belief in an open, free, and
innovative internet and listened to the group’s concerns and recommendations,
and made clear that we will consider their input as well as the input of other
outside stakeholders as we finalize our review of intelligence programs.
Review the highlights of the
meeting byclicking here.
President Obama meets with
tech leaders including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and AT&T chairman Randall
Stephenson.Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque, Reuters(December 17, 2013)
Kurt DelBene to Succeed Jeff Zients as Top
Manager of HealthCare.gov
In the meeting with the tech
executives, the President also announced that Kurt DelBene, who most recently
served as president of the Microsoft Office Division at Microsoft Corporation,
will succeed Jeff Zients as Senior Advisor to Secretary Sebelius. DelBene
will lead our ongoing efforts to improve HealthCare.gov and the Health
Insurance Marketplace starting this Wednesday.
Read more about Mr. DelBene’s
backgroundin Secretary Sebelius’ blog post.
Business Leaders Come to the White House in
the Month of December
Continuing the President’s effort
to engage with the private sector, The White House Business Council has brought
together regional business leaders for substantive briefings and policy discussions
at the White House since the first week of December. Large and small business
owners from across the country have been meeting in groups with Senior
Officials to discuss Administration efforts to speed up economic growth and
encourage hiring, the economic benefits of commonsense immigration reform, an
aggressive trade agenda, and the importance of working with employers to
address long-term unemployment.
Secretary Pritzker to Lead Business
Development Mission to the Middle East
Secretary of Commerce Penny
Pritzker will lead a senior-executive Business Development Mission to the Gulf
Cooperation Countries (GCC) of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar
March 8-14, 2014.
The trade mission is critical to
building on export growth and furthering the Obama Administration’s efforts to
help U.S. businesses compete and succeed in the global economy. It is also an
important component of the Department of Commerce’s "Open for Business Agenda,”
which prioritizes trade and investment.
This mission will highlight
export opportunities for U.S. businesses in three leading industry sectors with
an emphasis on project management and engineering (including construction,
architecture and design), renewable energy (solar, wind, waste-to-energy),
smart grid and energy efficiency, and environmental technologies (including
water/wastewater; air pollution control; and waste management).
Connecting U.S. businesses with
opportunities in new markets is a fundamental to the mission of the Department
of Commerce and its ‘Open for Business Agenda. This is a particularly exciting
time to be looking toward the Middle East and countries such as the United Arab
Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar as a destination for U.S. exports, especially
in the infrastructure sector. Exports now support nearly 10 million U.S. jobs,
up 1.3 million since 2009.
Businesses interested in
participating in the upcoming business development mission can apply here.
Partnering to End Commodity-Driven Tropical
In early December, Senior
Administration officials including Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Director
for Energy and Climate Change, Dan Utech, led a meeting with CEOs and top
executives from global consumer companies, including Unilever, Nestle, Walmart,
Coca-Cola and others. They discussed strategies for how we can work together to
improve the environmental sustainability of supply chains for top
companies.Nancy Sutley, Gayle Smith, USAID Administrator Raj Shah, and Drew
O’Brien, State Department Representative for Global Partnerships, joined the
discussion on notable and economically viable efforts in the private sector to
reduce the impact on global deforestation and climate change.
Read more about the meeting in
Dan Utech’s blog post.