Policy Watch from CompTIA
February 2012, Issue 31 Connect with us: Twitter LinkedIn FaceBook
Tech Entrepreneurs
CompTIA Supports Senate Proposal for Tax Benefits that Incentivize Growth and Innovation
Senete ProposalCompTIA supports the Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013 because it would assist startup businesses to grow and innovate. The legislation will allow startup businesses to apply their research and experimentation (R&E) credit as an offset to payroll taxes, thus providing an immediate economic benefit to these businesses. This will support continuing economic recovery, providing greater support for high-paying and high-skilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read more»
Tax Policy Remains Key Factor in IT Sector Job Growth and Investing
Tax PolicyA new white paper from CompTIA finds support among IT executives for simplifying the tax code, reducing tax burdens on small businesses and creating incentives for growth and innovation. Smart Tax Reforms for the IT Industry examines the policy priorities of small- and medium-sized IT businesses. The survey found that specific tax code provisions and policies, such as payroll tax and the corporate tax rate, constrain potential growth of SMBs. Read more»
CompTIA Opposes Retroactive Denial of Small Business Tax Incentive in California
Small Biz CAAccording to the Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, employ half of all private sector employees and create more than half of the non-farm private GDP. It is essential to our national growth that we continue to encourage investment in small businesses, which are critical to our national economy. Learn about CompTIA's opposition to the recent retroactive tax collection efforts following the decision of the California Court of Appeals in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board. Read more»
Tech Workforce
CompTIA & TECNA Support Startup 3.0 Legislation
$3.6-trillion global industryCompTIA and Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represent thousands of IT firms, many of which are small and medium-sized businesses. These companies are competing within a $3.6-trillion global industry because of a strong workforce and their ability to constantly innovate. Providing real support for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce will certainly further our national efforts to create and sustain high-paying tech jobs. Read more»
President Obama’s State of the Union – Focus on Job Preparedness, Creation and Retention
CompTIA welcomes the focus of the Administration on the relationship of job preparedness, creation and retention to our knowledge-based economy. The IT industry and small and medium-sized IT firms in particular, can be a key engine for these outcomes. CompTIA is invested in STEM education with a particular emphasis on the role of career and technical education. We have a skills gap in this country and it’s not just a gap related to computer sciences. Read more»
Internet Governance
The President’s Cyber EO Released As Cyber Attack Reports Emerge
Last week the New York Times reported, citing credible sources, that a link has been established between cyber attacks against U.S. companies and firms that provide a variety of services, including firms that provide services to critical infrastructure owners and operators. This is an alarming development that has been years in the making. To make matters worse, the report cited numerous security experts that expect the Chinese military to become increasingly more sophisticated and adept at launching cyber attacks. Read more»
IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum
Supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the ITSEF brings early stage and emerging growth companies and executives from both industry and government together in one collegial setting. Join in March 19-20 in Palo Alto, Calif., as attendees advance innovation, lead change and build trusted global communities of interest and trust between the public and private sectors. Register here»
IT Innovation on the First Responder Platform on the Agenda at CompTIA Tech Policy Summit
Support for Technology Priorities TechVoice D.C. Fly-In participants had the opportunity to hear Jeff Cohen, chief counsel for law and policy with APCO International, paint a picture of the rudimentary public safety communications landscape of our nation’s first responders at the CompTIA Tech Policy Summit. Cohen discussed the policy initiatives in place to promote a national safety broadband network, including FirstNet, a congressional mandate for a broadband wireless network. Cohen was joined by a total of 10 other panelists to discuss Internet governance and other important issues for the tech entrepreneur. Read more»
Grassroots Advocacy
IT Industry Leaders Urge Support for Technology Priorities at TechVoice D.C. Fly-In
Advocacy As part of the 2013 TechVoice D.C. Fly-In, organized by CompTIA, more than 65 leaders of the IT industry gathered in the nation’s capital to discuss technology policy priorities. The IT executives met with more than 60 Congressional representatives from districts across the country, representing 20 states, including Massachusetts, North Carolina, California and Illinois, and heard from leaders in the White House and key Executive Branch agencies.  Top priorities included urging support for innovation-intense technology policies, tax reform and IT security workforce development. Read more»
Policymakers, Industry Leader Honored for Advocacy of Technology Policies
CompTIA, through its TechVoice partnership, presented the inaugural TechVoice Champion Awards to Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to recognize their leadership and advocacy on behalf of the country’s IT industry. Longtime IT industry executive and activist Dan Shapero, founder of ClikCloud, also was honored for his ongoing commitment to policy and advocacy on behalf of the industry. The TechVoice Champion Awards were presented as part of the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In. Read more»
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Obama Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order at SOTU
The Hill:
Senate Judiciary Highlights Call for High Skilled Immigration Reform
National Journal:
President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Speech

CompTIA Fly-In
Public Policy Contacts
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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