Policy Watch from CompTIA
April 2012, Issue 21 Connect with us: Twitter LinkedIn FaceBook
  ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING NEWS
  TECH ENTREPRENUERS
  TECH WORKFORCE
  CYBERSECURITY
  GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY
Annual Member Meeting News
AMM 2012Thank You CompTIA Members
Thank you for joining us at our largest Annual Member Meeting ever! Your participation helped us become a stronger advocate and educational resource for the IT industry. You’re vital to our success and the industry’s growth. We hope you also found new opportunities at AMM to grow your own business. Read through our AMM blogs to get a great recap of the meeting. Read more.
 
John ZogbyWho Will be the Next U.S. President?
From now until November 6, CompTIA will provide special political updates, making note of interesting developments in the 2012 presidential race, as well as the all-important balance of power in the U.S. Congress. Hear how election results will directly affect tech policies which, in turn, may affect your business. Read more.
 
Tech Entrepreneurs
JOBS Act PassesJOBS Act Becomes Law
In a remarkable show of bi-partisanship, the House passed the Senate-amended version of H.R. 3606 “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act” by the wide margin of 380-41, and the President has signed this bill into law. This legislation will change SEC registration requirements to enable small businesses to raise limited amount of equity capital more economically. Read more.
 
SEC Requests Comments on JOBS Act
Departing from the usual order of requesting comment only after draft regulations are issued, the SEC is now requesting preliminary comments to aid in drafting regulations. CompTIA asks interested members to submit comments. Read more.
 
Tech Workforce
CompTIA Lays Out Principles for Reauthorization of Perkins Act
Arne DuncanU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a proposal last week to reauthorize the Perkins Act.  CompTIA agrees with the need for improvement and change for the Perkins Act and we are supportive of the Administration’s overall direction in the proposal. Nevertheless, CompTIA is concerned with the Administration's proposal to use some of the current Perkins funding for a new Innovation Fund, which could actually lessen funding for many states. Nor do we agree with their proposal to alter distribution of those funds from a formula to States to a competitive grant process. In addition, while we welcome focus on data collection and assessment we urge caution to ensure that this process is sound before action is taken that could create inequities with respect to access to Perkins assistance. Our goal is to work with the Administration, Congress and other key stakeholders to increase the quality of career and technical education (CTE). Currently we are leading the way to improve the ability for IT certifying bodies and state boards of education to share performance data on certification exams, and we are working with the Department of Education to increase awareness of these efforts and expand the model to other industries. Read more.
 
Cybersecurity
The Cybersecurity Whirlwind
This week, the House Republican Leadership plans to put up four cybersecurity bills for floor votes:  CISPA, FISMA, CEA and NITRD. In contrast to the Senate, the Republican Leadership in the House is pursuing a piecemeal approach to cybersecurity reform. In fact, Representative Thornberry issued a report last year stating that the best approach to cybersecurity reform was to allow each committee of jurisdiction to develop, vet and introduce cybersecurity legislation. Read more.
 
The Cybersecurity Whirlwind Continues in the Senate
In the Senate there are two competing cybersecurity bills: S. 2105, Cybersecurity Act and S.2151 Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information and Technology Act, (SECURE Act). S.2105 includes bill provisions authored by Senators Lieberman, Collins and Rockefeller, and incorporates cybersecurity recommendations for legislative reform provided by the White House. In opposition to S. 2105, Senator McCain introduced S. 2151, promoting a self-regulatory model to protecting critical infrastructures. Read more.
 
Grassroots Advocacy
All Politics Is Local
State of TechnologyCompTIA’s Matthew L. Evans, Manager of Public Advocacy, reflects on his experience at the North Carolina Technology Association’s annual “State of Technology” event this month. Learn how CompTIA’s advocacy efforts have led to a great working relationship with the House Small Business Committee and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to help tackle issues like cloud and data storage, both of which are important to the small- and medium-size IT entrepreneur. Read more.
 
IN THE NEWS
The Hill:
Under Pressure, House Committee Changes Cybersecurity Bill
 
The Washington Post:
Time to Protect against Dangers of Cyberattack
 
USA Today:
Community College Programs Help Fill Skills Gap in U.S.
 

Breakaway 2012
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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