Advocacy Blog

  • CompTIA Hosts Successful NCSL 2017 Jobs Summit at Headquarters

    by Kara Bush | Sep 27, 2017
    On Tuesday, September 19th, CompTIA hosted the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for their 2017 Jobs Summit at headquarters in Downers Grove, IL. With over 65 legislators and staff in attendance from across the nation, CompTIA share insight about the tech industry as well as the great work and engagement by our member companies.
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  • The Feds Use Data to Improve Care Through HHS Agency

    by Jennifer Saha | Sep 26, 2017
    CompTIA’s Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) met with officials from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families and the federal Health and Human Services Agency on Sept. 21st to discuss how the agency is using data to help deliver better customer service and care to citizens.
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  • CompTIA to Host Trade Event on Capitol Hill

    by Stefanie Holland | Sep 19, 2017
    You are invited for a “Trade Talk on Tech” hosted by CompTIA and Women in International Trade (WIIT). Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, who is in his final term, will offer keynote remarks. Panels of industry and government officials will follow, with remarks to focus on the top digital trade issues of the day including, the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the bilateral relationship with China, among other hot trade topics. Lunch will be provided for all participants.
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  • Data Download at CompTIA September 12th Event

    by Alexi Madon | Sep 18, 2017
    On Sept 12, CompTIA held a signature event in Chicago at mHub titled “Data Download: Understanding Data Policy”. Our first panel titled “Advertising Adventures” discussed how data is used for advertising, how users can control what is used, and why keeping a free and open internet is so vital. Among the panel speakers, Sheila Colclasure, chief privacy officer of Acxiom was very helpful in laying out that trust is necessary in order for companies to continue using consumer data in a helpful and thoughtful way.
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  • New Department of Commerce Officials Address Export Advisory Committee

    by Ken Montgomery | Sep 13, 2017
    On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for Industry and Security, Mira Ricardel and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Rich Ashooh addressed the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC). The RPTAC which includes several CompTIA members advises the Department of Commerce on technical parameters for export controls applicable to dual-use commodities and technology and on the administration of those controls.
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  • Illinois Student Data Privacy Bill Signed

    by Alexi Madon | Sep 05, 2017
    On August 24, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1796, the student data privacy bill. Thanks to years of hard work Senator Michael Hastings brought together a working group including technology providers, school districts, and associated organizations to work on this important legislation that protects the data created by students in the classroom.
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  • FCC Needs Rules to Preserve an Open Internet

    by Matthew Starr | Sep 05, 2017
    In July, CompTIA filed comments with the FCC in response to its Restoring Internet Freedom NPRM. As you may know, the FCC released this NPRM in May, and its primary point of focus was a proposal to reclassify broadband internet access service (BIAS) as an information service.
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  • CompTIA Supports Apple CEO’s Tim Cook Workforce Development Announcement in Austin

    by Sarah Matz | Aug 29, 2017
    At Austin’s Capital Factory last week, CompTIA attended Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that the App Development with Swift curriculum will now be offered at Austin Community College (ACC), one of the nation’s largest higher learning institutions.
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  • Texas Education Agency Approves CompTIA Certifications for Public School Accountability

    by Sarah Matz | Aug 29, 2017
    Last week, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released their list of approved industry-validated certifications that will count toward the state’s public school accountability ratings, which includes CompTIA certifications A+, Network+, and Security+. The announcement follows the passage of House Bill 22 in which the Texas Legislature requires the state to adopt a set of indicators to measure and evaluate school districts and campuses.
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  • CompTIA CA SGA Committee Met this Week in California to Review Current and Pending Legislation

    by Kara Bush | Aug 25, 2017
    This week, CompTIA’s California State Government Affairs held its monthly policy meeting in Sacramento to review current and pending legislation. Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) joined CompTIA on Wednesday, August 23rd as a guest speaker. As a freshman member of the California State Assembly, CompTIA members were interested in hearing from the Assemblyman on his first full year in office.
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  • Packed House at the HSITAG Meeting at Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference in Baltimore

    by Jennifer Saha | Aug 18, 2017
    This month, CompTIA’s Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG) participated and held its monthly meeting at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) in Baltimore. Traditionally, HSITAG has been focused on Human Services programs such as social services, child care, child support, and temporary assistance for needy families (TANF).
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  • SGA Mid-Year Meeting at NCSL Well-Attended!

    by Kevin Callahan | Aug 17, 2017
    The CompTIA State Government Affairs (SGA) National Committee convened its annual mid-year meeting on August 7th at the Aloft Seaport Hotel in Boston. The meeting was held in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Legislative Summit. The meeting kicked off with a session on several key activities that the overall CompTIA organization is undertaking, including an overview of the CompTIA Association for IT Professionals (AITP).
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  • SXSW Panel Picker: Help us get back to Austin

    by Preston Grisham | Aug 15, 2017
    The CompTIA staff have pulled together six great panel submissions for the 2018 SXSW Conference in Austin Texas. We need your help to ensure our panels are selected for next year's show. With more than 70,000 attendees at the festival, SXSW provides a great opportunity for CompTIA to showcase our expertise and thought leadership on a number of topics that are pertinent to the technology industry.
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  • To Fill U.S. Tech Jobs, We Must Experiment

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Aug 09, 2017
    CompTIA executive vice president of public advocacy wrote an op-ed for Morning Consult on June 19 and described how by 2024, there will be 1.8 million unfilled tech jobs, according to CompTIA. Given technology’s importance to the economy, ensuring that we can fill those jobs should be a national priority.
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  • An Easy Way for the FCC to Boost Wireless Competition

    by Elizabeth Hyman & Matt Starr | Aug 09, 2017
    CompTIA executive vice president of public advocacy, Elizabeth Hyman and director of public advocacy Matthew Starr teamed up to pen an op-ed for the Washington Examiner on July 31. Hyman and Staff emphasize that increased broadband competition will not just make the average consumer experience more gratifying; building a nimble infrastructure today will power the jobs and innovation of tomorrow by providing all industries with the technological tools they need to compete on a global stage.
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  • Texas Governor Signs into Law Texas Cybersecurity Act

    by Sarah Matz | Aug 04, 2017
    Cybersecurity continues to be a top focus of state CIOs, in fact, state legislatures and executives have made efforts to increase their states’ cyber preparedness. Large scale policy projects are under way through the National Governors Association Chair and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s initiative, “Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge” and the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Task Force on Cybersecurity.
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  • CompTIA’s Space Enterprise Council at the Center of Initial Discussions on US and Brazil Space Cooperation

    by David Logsdon | Aug 03, 2017
    A few months ago, the SEC was approached about being the US conduit for a US space company delegation to Brazil. The delegation would participate in high level meetings with both Brazilian space companies and government officials. My counterpart in Brazil Reeve Wolford and I have met with both Department of State officials and Trump Administration lead for Western Hemisphere issues Landon Loomis on the concept and all parties have been supportive.
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  • SLED Texas Procurement Committee Meets at CompTIA ChannelCon 2017 in Austin

    by Jennifer Saha | Aug 02, 2017
    The SLED Council’s TX Procurement Committee met at CompTIA ChannelCon 2017 to discuss the end of the Texas legislative session, updates to the state’s contract management manual, and vendor performance scoring. Jette Withers, newly appointed Chief Procurement Officer for the state walked the group through plans to roll out enterprise training and make improvements to how agencies contract with the vendor community.
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  • HSITAG and the changing federal funding landscape of IT Projects

    by Jennifer Saha | Jul 21, 2017
    On Thursday, July 20th, senior officials from the UDSA’s Food and Nutrition Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) came to talk to HSITAG members about the issues that keep them up at night as well as their outlook on the future of HHS IT funding and projects. With uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, as well as changes in federal administration priorities, members of HSITAG have been following closely any rumored changes to healthcare and the impacts on technology funding.
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  • Bipartisan Apprenticeship Bill to Shrink Skills Gap, Grow Economy Introduced in Congress

    by Geoff Lane | Jul 19, 2017
    Earlier this year, CompTIA published an eye-opening report on the skills gap. Titled “Assessing the IT Skills Gap,” CompTIA’s stellar research team surveyed 600 professionals to better understand the gap and its effects on the IT industry and the U.S. economy. Among the findings, CompTIA found that there is a widespread belief that the skills gap is growing, and that between now and 2024, approximately 800,000 IT workers will retire. Couple this with the more than 600,000 IT jobs that went unfilled in Q4 2016, and you see the problem – absent a big change, our economy might not have the human capital it needs to grow.
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