Kvamme as Ambassador

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-07-23 Print this article Print

Kvamme as Ambassador

Kvamme, who frequently extols the Presidents approach to the technology meltdown — tax relief, energy, education and free trade — has accompanied the president on several stops in California to meet with high-tech executives and attend product demonstrations. "When [the president] goes through the demos, he gets very engaged, he asks very hard questions of the CEOs. Everyone has really enjoyed it quite a bit," Kvamme said.

During those meetings, Kvamme insisted, the topics of most concern to technology and Internet executives are the ones the president is pursuing full-force: energy, education and taxes.

Like Kvamme, Mehlman, 32, views himself as an ambassador to the technology industry.

"When it comes time for the government players to go into the room and close the door, we are the advocates for the technology community," said Mehlman, an attorney who worked as a lobbyist and as a Republican Party operative before joining the administration.

His job is all about collaboration with other agencies, and during his two months in office, he said, he has spoken each day with people in the White House and with officials sprinkled throughout the federal government.

Technology is "big-time on the front burner of the administration," he said, trumpeting the presidents focus on education, energy, taxes and free trade as evidence of his commitment. All of the issues, he said, are prized by the technology community, making Bushs focus "dead-on the high-tech agenda."


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