Advocacy Blog

  • CompTIA’s April HSITAG Meeting Teams Up with the Healthcare IT Connect Summit

    by Jennifer Saha | Apr 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 | Mar 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 | Mar 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 | Feb 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 | Feb 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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  • 2018 CompTIA Tech Champions Honored at Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    On February 13th, we held our 7th annual CompTIA Tech Champion Awards dinner at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. The Tech Champion Award is given to one member of the House of Representatives, one member of the Senate, and one executive from industry who has exemplified leadership in the technology sector and have championed policies that advance the country's information technology (IT) industry.
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  • BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold? Discussed at Tech Policy Summit at Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    Blockchains have emerged as possibly one of the next big transformational technologies for government use in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to services and transactions. Blockchain technology is also at the forefront of many private industry sectors, including banking, real estate, and health care.
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  • Spectrum: The Fuel for 5G and IoT Discussed During the Tech Policy Summit at DC Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    Earlier this year, the FCC concluded its broadcast incentive auction, which repurposed 84 MHz of low-band broadcast spectrum for (primarily) licensed wireless use. While this spectrum will go a long way towards boosting wireless connectivity and capacity, it represents what is likely the last time such a large swath of low-band spectrum (below 3 Ghz) will ever be available at auction.
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  • Tech Summit at 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In Kicks Off with a Panel about Achieving a Skilled America

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    Our nation relies on a modern, highly-skilled workforce to remain competitive and innovative in today’s global economy. Yet current policies are inhibiting our ability to find and retain top-talent as well as cultivate a sustainable long-term talent pipeline that is required to achieve a strong 21st century workforce. At the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In, our Tech Policy Summit kicked off with a panel titled “Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieve a Skilled America” which examined high skilled immigration reform, improvement to STEM education curriculums, and job training.
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  • 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In Kicks off with a Working Lunch on the CHANCE in Tech Act

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    The annual 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In kicked off with a working lunch on Tuesday, February 13 to bring attendees up to speed on the CHANCE in Tech Act, (H.R. 3174 and S. 1518). The legislation was built from meetings and feedback from last year’s DC Fly-In and presents an important opportunity to create a stronger pathway for apprenticeships within the technology sector.
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  • CompTIA and Grant Thornton Partner to Unpack the New Tax Law

    by Geoff Lane | Feb 07, 2018
    The end of 2017 brought a slew of changes to our tax code. In December, Congress passed a package of reforms that overhauled much of the U.S. tax code for individuals and corporations. Many of these changes were enacted in January, leaving businesses wondering how the updated tax code will impact their operations.
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  • Drones and Smart Cities: Transforming the Lives of Citizens

    by Lana Sansur | Jan 26, 2018
    Last week, CompTIA hosted the first in a series of webinars for the newly established Emerging Technology Committee which represents the federal, state and local ecosystems. The webinar titled, “Drones and Smart Cities: Transforming the lives of Citizens,” examined drones and their ability to deliver services more rapidly and more efficiently to residents and how the influx of emerging technologies such as drones will help develop smart cities.
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  • California SGA Meeting and Decision Makers Dinner- Sacramento, CA - January 17, 2018

    by Kelly Hitt | Jan 18, 2018
    The California State Government Affairs Committee held its first policy meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 17th in Sacramento, CA. During the meeting we honored Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D- Thousand Oaks) with CompTIA’s 2017 California Technology Champion award.
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  • Congress Passes Tax Overhaul

    by Geoff Lane | Dec 20, 2017
    The United States Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this week, a package of tax reforms that will overhaul the U.S. tax code for individuals and corporations. Not since 1986 has our tax code undergone such a comprehensive renovation. Consider that in 1986, laptops weighed dozens of pounds, Sergey Brin and Larry Page were still a decade away from launching Google, Mark Zuckerberg was a toddler, and a young Democratic Senator from Tennessee named Al Gore introduced a bill to require the Office of Science and Technology to explore improvements to communications networks for supercomputers.
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  • States Gear Up for 2018 Sessions – Are you Ready??

    by Alexi Madon | Dec 18, 2017
    Have you noticed that states are passing laws impacting technology? Does your company operate in more than one state? Have you ever been taken by surprise when your company has a new compliance procedure because of a new regulation that went into effect? This is the time to consider CompTIA Advocacy!
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  • Reorganizing and Renaming the Cybersecurity Division of Department of Homeland Security

    by Randi Parker | Dec 14, 2017
    Earlier this week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. The legislation would rename the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
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  • USITO 2017 Fall Board Meeting in Beijing

    by Stefanie Holland | Dec 13, 2017
    On November 27-30, Liz Hyman and Stefanie Holland attended the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO) Board meeting in Beijing, China. The delegation of nearly 40 representatives from tech companies and associations met with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and the embassy team.
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  • Inaugural SLED Summit in Chicago Huge Success!

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 11, 2017
    Illinois has made some great progress in procurement reform over the past year and CompTIA’s State and Local Government and Education (SLED) Council membership gathered in Chicago last week to discuss the current business landscape as well as focus on some new innovative technologies being used in the state.
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  • The CompTIA HSITAG Council Meets in the Big Apple

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 05, 2017
    CompTIA’s Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) met in New York City at the end of November and a transition in leadership was the major focus. Mike Coulson of Deloitte, who has served as Chair for the past two years, turned over the leadership position to Paul Hencoski of KPMG. Elected as HSITAG Vice Chairs for the next two years were Jacque Gombach of Captuva and Kim Shaver of Northrup Grumman.
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  • “Restoring Internet Freedom” Means Ending Net Neutrality

    by Matthew Starr | Dec 04, 2017
    On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, the FCC released a highly-anticipated draft of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order its commissioners will vote on in the Commission’s December 14 open meeting. The order, which will likely pass on a 3-2 party line vote, follows through on Chairman’s Pai’s proposal earlier this year to reclassify broadband back to an “information service” and largely eliminates all of the net neutrality rules the Commission passed in 2015.
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