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NY Times: White House Starts IT Infrastructure Updates

WhiteHouseThe White House has started to update its information technology systems following the appointment of former Facebook Engineering Director David Recordon as director of White House IT in 2015, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Michael D. Shear writes President Barack Obama’s development efforts on the U.S. Digital Service incited Anita Decker Breckenridge, White House deputy chief of staff for operations, to tap Recordon to spearhead IT upgrade works.

Recordon installed new computers, color printers and digital phone systems at the White House after his team discovered and pulled out 13,000 pounds of unused cables.

Other IT updates at the White House include the introduction of an online system designed to manage visitors’ admission to the West Wing and updates to the Roosevelt Room’s Wi-Fi connection.

Breckenridge told the Times that the White House has eliminated duplicate contracts and used existing IT funds to fund the updates.

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