Advocacy Blog

  • 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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  • This Holiday Season, Give someone the Chance to Launch their Tech Career

    by Lisa Fasold | Dec 01, 2017
    For two summers in a row, CompTIA and Creating IT Futures, working with Chicago Public Schools, secured summer internships for more than 100 high school students, including Azzaria Douglas.
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  • NASA Leadership Speaks at November CompTIA Space Enterprise Council Meeting about the Future of Human Space Exploration

    by David Logsdon | Nov 16, 2017
    At this month’s CompTIA Space Enterprise Council meeting this week, Jason Crusan, Director of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) presented an in-depth vision for both deep space exploration and technology innovation at the November 14th SEC meeting.
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  • CompTIA Space Enterprise Council Hosts the Brazilian Minister of Defense

    by David Logsdon | Nov 16, 2017
    During the week of November 6th, the CompTIA Space Enterprise Council sent letters to Scott Pace, Executive Secretary for the National Space Council and Landon Loomis, Special Advisor for Western Hemisphere and Global Economics, Office of the Vice President calling on the Administration to pursue a Technology Safeguard Agreement (TSA) between the US and Brazil.
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  • CompTIA, WIIT Partner on Trade Talk on Tech; Congressional, White House, and Private Sector Panelists Highlight Current Priorities

    by CompTIA Staff | Nov 03, 2017
    On November 2, CompTIA and Women in International Trade (WIIT) partnered on a well-attended Capitol Hill program on priority issues on the digital trade agenda. Congressman Dave Reichert, Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, opened the program, which included a government panel on the U.S. role in the digital economy and a private sector panel discussing challenges and opportunities for technology in trade.
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  • CompTIA Hosts Tax Roundtable with House Staff

    by Geoff Lane | Oct 31, 2017
    As tax reform deliberations begin in Washington D.C., CompTIA members had an opportunity earlier this month to sit down with key Congressional staff to discuss the issue. The hour-long roundtable gave members the chance to share their corporate tax priorities with staff, and learn more about forthcoming legislation that will reform our tax code.
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  • BlockChain and Cybersecurity - A Primer

    by David Logsdon | Oct 30, 2017
    Blockchain technology has a large potential to transform business operating models in the long term. The use of blockchain technology promises to bring significant efficiencies to global supply chains, financial transactions, asset ledgers and decentralized social networking. What is blockchain technology?
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  • Creating a 21st Century Workforce: Apprenticeships

    by Geoff Lane | Oct 30, 2017
    Since its inception, the technology industry has ushered in radical changes. It’s the driving force behind the transformative products and services that are making our lives healthier, more convenient, more productive, and frankly, easier. These products and services garner headlines and generate a ton of money – the technology industry in the United States alone is worth about $1 trillion.
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  • The Evolving Job Description of a Government CIO

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    In recent years, we have seen a growing trend of state CIOs serving as a broker of services as opposed to owning and providing the service themselves. This has involved a significant culture shift and a commitment to systems integration. Arizona has been a leader in this regard. In this final panel at the 2017 State Tech Summit, we learn what this shifting model has meant for government proficiency to meet constituent needs.
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  • Inspiring Tech Careers and Innovation

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The keynote speaker for the 2017 State Tech Summit was Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise, and Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Arizona State University, discussed the ingredients needed to build a talent pipeline for the 21st century economy.
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