Policy Watch from CompTIA
February 2012, Issue 19 Connect with us: Twitter LinkedIn FaceBook
  TOP STORY
  IT SECURITY
  TECH ENTREPRENEURS
  SKILLS FOR A 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE
Top Story
 
You’re Invited to Chicago!
Please join us in the windy city for our third Annual Member Meeting (AMM) this April. If you’ve never attended our AMM before, this is a great year to start! Not only will you make valuable connections with other CompTIA members, but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn first-hand what we’re doing on Capitol Hill in the areas of security, small business, health IT and the tech workforce. The CompTIA Public Policy Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 11th at 9 a.m. Plus, we’ve just announced that Steven M.R. Covey, co-founder and chief executive officer of CoveyLink Worldwide, will give a keynote address on April 11th at 5:15 p.m. Don’t miss out!
 
IT Security
 
Predictably Unpredictable on Capitol Hill
The 2012 legislative session started off looking very promising for the passage of cybersecurity reform – then suddenly the landscape shifted. On privacy and intellectual property issues, we saw the Internet companies flex lobbying muscle in an unprecedented way. And, although 2011 saw more data breach incidents than previous years, data breach reform may be a long way off. Learn about the major security-related initiatives that CompTIA is tracking. Read more.
 
Tech Entrepreneurs
 
New Small Business Government Contracting Legislation Introduced
Three bills, introduced this month in the House, aim to increase and strengthen small business participation in government contracting – a goal CompTIA has always supported. We have reviewed this legislation and believe that a number of provisions would help to direct more government contracting dollars to small businesses. We need your input! Read more.
   
Senate Legislation: Small Business Tax Extenders
Senators Landrieu and Snowe, chair and ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee, have introduced legislation (S. 2050, the Small Business Tax Extenders Act of 2012) that would extend certain expired small business tax provisions though 2012.  Some provisions in the bill include:
•  Section 179 expensing limitation of $500,000:  Extended through 2012.
•  Temporary exclusion of 100 percent of gain on small business stock:  Extended through 2012.
•  Five-year carryback of general business credits for small businesses:  Retroactively extended for 2011 and through 2012.
•  Alternative minimum tax rules concerning general business credits for small businesses: Retroactively extended for 2011 and through 2012.
Read more.
   
SBA Updates Size Standards for Computer Services
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced its final rule concerning size standards for “Computer Systems Design and Related Services.” Generally, businesses classified under this category (NAICS 5415) will be considered a small business provided their annual receipts do not exceed $25.5 million, up from $25 million. The SBA size standard is the main criteria for determining whether a business qualifies for SBA and other government programs and benefits. Read more.
 
Skills for a 21st Century Workforce
 
Provide Workforce Training for 21st Century Jobs
In his State of the Union Speech, President Obama set a national goal of training two million Americans so they can transition to 21st century jobs. We applaud this goal and stand ready to work with the Obama Administration to meet this important challenge. There are more than 300,000 IT and IT–related jobs that are unfilled. A critical gap exists between the open jobs and filling them with skilled workers. Countless Americans will benefit from addressing this gap; and countless small IT companies will benefit from a better skilled workforce. Read more.
 
IN THE NEWS
Reuters:
Hacked Companies Still Not Telling Investors
 
National Journal:
House Panel Approves Bill to Increase DHS Cybersecurity Oversight
 
Government Health IT:
Will Health IT Bipartisanship Survive the Elections?

Public Policy Contacts
Workforce Education
Elizabeth Hyman
Vice President, Public Advocacy

 
Tech Entrepreneurs
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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