Advocacy

  • CompTIA HSITAG Hears from the West Coast at the APHSA Policy Summit

    by Jennifer Saha  | May 10, 2018
    Part of CompTIA’s monthly Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) meeting strategy is to co-locate with popular industry conferences in order to draw speakers that are not easily accessible. Fortunately, that is just what happened this week when HSITAG hosted Pankaj Bhanot, Director of the Hawaii Department of Human Services and Adam Dondro, Agency Information Officer for the California Health & Human Services Agency.
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  • A Look at 2018 Federal Tech Policy and Tech Spending

    by Lana Sansur  | May 01, 2018
    Last week, the CompTIA State & Local Government and Education (SLED) Council hosted its first SLED Summit of the year at the Verizon Tech & Policy Center in Washington DC. We heard from government and public sector leaders, the federal government and other local leaders who dove into issues relevant to our SLED Council membership. One of our speakers was Charles Cooper, executive vice president of the Signal Group who provided a federal tech policy government outlook with a deep dive into the current administration and how federal policies will affect policy and tech spending at the state/local level.
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  • Update on FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

    by David Logsdon  | April 27, 2018
    On Thursday, The House of Representatives began consideration of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 – a bipartisan, five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, invest in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation. There were a number of amendments offered, focusing on drones. CompTIA submitted comments on the amendments, supporting one amendment while voicing our dissent with another.
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  • CompTIA Testifies in Support of California After School Coding Grant Program

    by Kara Bush  | April 27, 2018
    On Wednesday, April 25th CompTIA testified before the California State Assembly Committee on Education in support of AB 2098 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). CompTIA and TechNet are co-sponsoring the measure which would establish a three-year pilot for a 21st Century After-School coding grant program within the After-School Education and Safety (ASES) framework.
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  • California SGA Meeting and Second Annual Capitol Cup in Sacramento, CA – April 18, 2018

    by Kelly Hitt  | April 19, 2018
    The CompTIA California State Government Affairs Committee held its in person meeting on Wednesday, April 18th in Sacramento, CA. Every April is a very busy time in the California Legislature with policy deadlines around the corner. The Committee reviewed and took positions on a robust legislative agenda which can be found here.
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  • CompTIA’s April HSITAG Meeting Teams Up with the Healthcare IT Connect Summit

    by Jennifer Saha  | April 05, 2018
    For the first time, CompTIA’s monthly Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) meeting on April 4 teamed up with a widely attended industry conference, the Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore, MD.
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  • Change to One of the Most Important Laws of the Internet Could Have Unintended Consequences

    by Matthew Starr  | March 15, 2018
    On February 27, the House passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) by a 388-25 vote. Given the overwhelming support for the bill reflected in the vote, you might think this bill was largely non-controversial, but you’d be mistaken. Despite FOSTA’s vital goal of curbing online sex trafficking and protecting its victims, the bill has been opposed by groups like the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as many tech companies and trade associations, including CompTIA.
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  • Mission Economic Development Corporation Receives Grant for CompTIA Cybersecurity Training

    by Sarah Matz  | March 01, 2018
    After a successful first year of the Mission Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) boot camp, the organization announced last week they are continuing their boot camps after receiving a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. During a press conference held at the Mission Center for Education and Economic Development recently, the MEDC accepted a $496,120 grant to continue providing CompTIA cybersecurity training to Rio Grande Valley residents.
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  • Day at the Arizona State Capitol Included Coding Event and Legislative Meetings

    by Kara Bush  | February 28, 2018
    Earlier this week, CompTIA hosted a "Preparing the Future Workforce though Computer Science Education and Coding" in Phoenix, Arizona. CompTIA in partnership with Apple held a two hour training/education session for legislators and staff to better understand the industry and need for computer science. A hands-on coding session was introduced to legislators and staff in a new, fun and interactive coding experience called "Everyone Can Code using Swift Playgrounds."
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  • An Informative Overview of Government Priorities Shared during Capitol Hill Speakers Series at Fly-In

    by Lana Sansur  | February 19, 2018
    On the morning February 14, we held the Capitol Hill Speaker Series at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. It featured high-ranking officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security and provided Fly-In attendees with an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. It also gave attendees added knowledge of tech issues before hitting the halls of Congress for Fly-In meetings.
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