Policy Watch from CompTIA
August 2012, Issue 25 Connect with us: Twitter LinkedIn FaceBook
Breakaway 2012
U.S. Presidential Candidates Need to Address Innovation
Addressing InnovationIT industry executives want both U.S. presidential candidates to increase their focus on key policy priorities impacting the industry, according to a new national survey commissioned by CompTIA. Noted pollster John Zogby unveiled the results of the JZ Analytics survey at Breakaway 2012. The survey also is permeated with a sense of disengagement by the IT channel with the current political process and a significant plurality undecided with respect to which candidate would address various IT issues more effectively. How do your own political views stack up with the IT channel overall? Find out. Missed the session? Check out the webcast.
Breakaway 2012 Concludes, 2013 Conference Set for Orlando
Breakaway 2012 ConcludesThe information technology (IT) channel’s premier education event, Breakaway 2012, concluded its four-day run in Las Vegas early this month. Top executives from technology hardware and software vendors, distributors, service and solution providers and other companies in the IT channel participated in more than 60 educational sessions, panel discussions, community meetings and other gatherings. Read more.
Tech Entrepreneurs
Small Business Provisions Included in Extenders Legislation
Legislation has been voted out of the Senate Finance Committee that would extend a number of popular tax provisions, including small business expensing, 100 percent exclusion on gain of small business stock, and the research and experimentation (R&E) tax credit. The small business expensing provision would allow small businesses to immediately expense many asset purchases on their current-year tax return, as opposed to depreciating the purchase over a period of years.  Read more.
Tech Workforce
Taking the Next Step with STEM
Next steps with STEMWith only a few legislative days left on the calendar, we are not likely to see much action from the House or Senate for the rest of the year.  This is the perfect time to reflect on what the last Congress focused on and to make an action plan of where we want to see Congress focus its energies in the next term.  Improvement to the quality of and access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the K-12 range should be high on our list. Read more.
CompTIA, Washington Technology Industry Association Team Up to Support STEM Education
STEM EducationThrough our TechVoice partnership with the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Creating IT Futures Foundation made a $5,000 grant to support education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in Washington. The Technology Access Foundation (TAF) has been designated the recipient of CompTIA’s grant as it is a nonprofit leader in STEM education geared toward students of color. TAF partners with public education, businesses and the community to engage these students in STEM–related activities. Read more.
Cybersecurity Reform Gets Close, But Fails at the Last Minute
Last month there was a huge momentum led by Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Lieberman to secure passage of a comprehensive cybersecurity legislation. The effort failed to with 52-yeas and 46-nay outcome. Since then, Congress has adjourned for recess and it now appears unlikely the cybersecurity reform will come to fruition prior to the November election. In the meantime, there have been a few developments that are worth noting. Read more.
Grassroots Advocacy
CompTIA Supports the Launch of TechFirst Political Action Committee
TechFirstThe IT industry is made up of many voices, but in Washington, D.C. the voice of the small–and medium–sized IT firm is still too quiet. During Breakaway, CompTIA is hosting the launch of TechFirst, a new bipartisan political action committee dedicated to making the voice of tech SMBs heard. The health of the entire industry — and its collective ability to innovate, grow and contribute to our nation’s global competitiveness — depends on the well-being of VARS, MSPs, start–ups, innovators and dreamers like you. Make your voice heard. Contribute at www.techfirstpac.org.
Rep. Robert Dold to Speak at Illinois Tech Networking Mixer
Congressman DoldHosted by CompTIA and Partnership for a New American Economy, our next TechVoice Networking Mixer will launch our Illinois chapter. Join us at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Illinois Technology Association headquarters in downtown Chicago to hear Congressman Dold and an expert panel discuss how public policy can jumpstart business innovation. During the mixer, you’ll also learn about TechVoice, its new Illinois chapter, and how you can get involved. Online registration is free, or pay $25 at the door. Register.
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Internet Tax Wars: Big vs small; Amazon vs. eBay
The Hill:
Small-Business Confidence Declines in July
Daily Caller:
Online Sales Tax Divides Republicans

TechVoice Fly-In
Public Policy Contacts
Workforce Education
Elizabeth Hyman
Vice President, Public Advocacy

Tech Entrepreneurs
Lamar Whitman

IT Security
David Valdez

IT Workforce
Randi Parker

PAC and Grassroots Advocacy
Matthew L. Evans

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