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Come to the CompTIA Washington D.C. Fly-In

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau once said, “The essential ingredient of politics is timing.” While he certainly has a point, we also believe it is a matter “of” time … how much time you have to get your message across. Elected officials make decisions everyday, many of which directly affect your business. It is the remembrance of a constituent’s face and the message that they sharply delivered that can make the difference in how a vote is cast or a policy developed.

Come to Washington, D.C., November 1-3 to have your time with your elected officials. The CompTIA public advocacy team is holding the CompTIA Washington D.C. Fly-In, November 1-3. Mark your calendars today!

This Fly-In will give CompTIA members and partners the opportunity to meet with legislators, their staff and other government officials, and participate in the advocacy process first hand. We also will provide a briefing on the direction of CompTIA advocacy efforts, and we are in the process of developing terrific networking opportunities to truly get a taste of D.C. Whether you are focused on privacy, data breach notification, health IT, cybersecurity, workforce development or access to capital, the Fly-in allows you to address these issues with both CompTIA and elected officials.

Activities will kick off with a reception late on the afternoon of November 1st and will wrap up mid-day on November 3rd. If you have any questions, contact Matthew L. Evans, manager of public advocacy, at 202-465-7781 or MEvans@comptia.org.

IT SECURITY

Mobile App Security Report
It was standing room only at CompTIA’s Tech Summit earlier this month in Washington, D.C., as channel members, business owners and reporters crowded into the Washington Hilton for a Q&A and panel discussion around two topics: cloud computing and mobility. Since then, one of the panelists, Andrew Hoog, chief investigative officer at viaForensics, released a mobile app security report.

Senators Introduce Data-Security Bill
Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced data security legislation meant to combat identity theft, reports The Hill. The Data Security Act would require financial establishments, retailers and federal agencies to protect sensitive information and to notify consumers after a data breach. Although most states already have laws requiring companies to protect private information, the requirements vary between states and there is no federal standard.

TECH ENTREPRENEURS

Congressional Support Grows for Repeal of 3% Withholding
Support for H.R. 674 in the House is growing, and its companion legislation in the Senate, S. 89, now has 11 co-sponsors. Read more.

SBA Announces New Loan Fund for Small Businesses
Enacted last year, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 established an ”Intermediary Lending Pilot Program” to provide direct loans to non-profit intermediaries for the purpose of making loans to small business. Twenty lending organizations are slated to receive funds in 2011. Read more.

Main Street Fairness Act Introduced
Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate that would require sellers to collect and file sales tax returns on all interstate sales. As written, this legislation could require small businesses that do not qualify as a “small seller” to collect and remit sales taxes for out-of-state sales. Read more.

HEALTH IT

Small IT Firms a Remedy for Health IT Transition Challenges
Small and medium-sized technology businesses have the expertise, knowledge and skill sets to help the U.S. healthcare industry advance its use of new IT tools, but barriers may keep many of them on the sidelines, according to a new CompTIA white paper. The white paper calls for the IT industry to be included as a partner in the implementation of health IT.

Dr. Clancy, Director from HHS, Headlines Health IT Summit
During the CompTIA Tech Summit this month, Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), gave a health IT keynote address and outlined the agency's plan to focus on better care, healthy communities and affordable care. Read more.

GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY

More CompTIA Members Become Politically Active
During this year’s Breakaway conference in Washington, D.C., we saw a large number of members participate in the first-ever CompTIA Tech Summit. These members heard from expert panels regarding healthcare IT and cybersecurity. The summit provided members with critical insight into the future of the industry and how what happens in Congress affects it all. Via the Tech Summit and other mediums, members seemed eager to become involved. Read more.

COMPTIA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

What Do Customers Want in the Cloud, MSP and SMB Space?
On August 31, at 1:00 p.m. CST, join our market research team for its quarterly research round-up webinar to get an in-depth look at the state of cloud computing, a deep dive on the SMB space and a pulse check on the managed services market. Our data reflects the perspectives of both the channel and the end-user community to paint a comprehensive picture of some of the most critical areas of the IT industry today. Register.

Can You Prove Your Security Expertise?
With IT security critical to nearly every business, professionals with this expertise have a greater value and the opportunity to become one of their clients’ most trusted business partners. While many solution providers can provide security services, it’s not always easy to communicate the benefits to customers. The CompTIA IT Security Trustmark helps skilled professionals increase their marketability, efficiency and productivity with an industry business credential. Read more on how we recently upgraded this sought-after credential and if you’re ready to prove your expertise.

Global IT Workforce Council Launched
We’re launching a new initiative to bring together industry, academic and government leaders to address the global need for skilled technology workers. Our Global IT Workforce Council will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors.

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August 2011, Issue 13
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IN THIS ISSUE
TOP STORY
IT SECURITY
TECH ENTREPRENEURS
HEALTH IT
GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY
COMPTIA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
LEGISLATION IN THE NEWS

Politico:
Small Tech Companies Have New Caucus

New York Times:
White House Names New CIO

Nextgov.com
Debt Deal Could Be a Blow for Cybersecurity

CONTRACTING & GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

DLA Information Operations at New Cumberland, PA site at Jacksonville, FL, needs IT support services for on-site hardware, software, and technical support.

The Department of Transportation issued a solicitation under a “service disabled veteran-owned small business set-a-side competitive action” for non-personal services for IT support services.

UPCOMING EVENTS
SecureWorld Expo
September 13-14
St. Louis, MO


Why It Pays to Be Certified: A Primer on VAR Certification Programs
September 15 at 11 a.m. (ET)
Free VSR webinar


Tech Data Fall Channel Link
Featuring CompTIA Quick Start Session to Healthcare IT
September 15-16
Los Angeles, CA


(ISC)² Security Congress
September 19-21
Orlando, FL


SecureWorld Expo
September 21-22
San Francisco, CA


ASCII SMB IT Success Summit
September 22
Boston, MA


CompTIA Healthcare IT Channel Training Workshop
September 30
Downers Grove, IL


SMB Nation Fall Conference
September 30 - October 2
Las Vegas, NV


CompTIA Unified Communications Channel Training Workshop
October 28
Downers Grove, IL


CompTIA Washington D.C. Fly-In
November 1-3
Washington, D.C.


EMEA Member Conference
November 9
London, U.K.


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Key CompTIA Public Policy Contacts

Workforce Education
Elizabeth Hyman
Vice President, Public Advocacy

Tech Entrepreneurs & Health IT
Lamar Whitman
Director, Public Advocacy

IT Security
David Valdez
Senior Director, Public Advocacy

PAC and Grassroots Advocacy
Matthew L. Evans
Manager, Public Advocacy

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