Advocacy Blog

  • Colorado Reconvenes for 2017 Legislative Session

    by Kara Bush | Jan 17, 2017
    Lawmakers gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the 71st General Assembly. Outgoing Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) and Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) presided over the opening of session and then turned over their gavels to new leaders. The House of Representatives elected Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) as the new Speaker, a historic moment as she is the first Latina woman to hold the office. The Senate elected Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) as President of the 71st General Assembly.
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  • Distinguished Guests Join the PxB Annual Gathering

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Jan 09, 2017
    During a Policy Executive Board (PxB) dinner in December, we were honored to have Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President and CEO of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), and Jeff Lambert from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) join us for a lively discussion on what the next several months may hold for tech policy and larger geopolitical considerations.
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  • CompTIA Policy Agenda Set for 2017

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Jan 09, 2017
    At the beginning of December, the CompTIA Policy Executive Board (PxB) met to review and finalize CompTIA’s 2017 policy priorities. This group is charged with ensuring all policy committees are aware of policy positions and initiatives, seek consensus for those positions, and provide guidance on the growth and direction of CompTIA advocacy activities.
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  • CompTIA Introduces Cyberseek to States

    by Alexi Madon | Dec 20, 2016
    CompTIA recently released Cyberseek, an interactive heat map that provides data on the supply and demand of cybersecurity employment throughout the nation. This tool allows policy makers to see the true impact of the educational pipeline and how the talent gap impacts their state or metro area today.
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  • What are the Top 25 Legislative Priorities for 2017 in Texas?

    by Sarah Matz | Dec 19, 2016
    Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released this month his top 25 legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Several of these priorities have a specific tech component and others will likely have a significant impact on the broader tenor of debate in the upcoming legislative session Texas. These priorities include:
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  • What is the Future of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Under a New Administration?

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 19, 2016
    Coming off a surprising federal election in December, the Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG) heard from national association leaders about their predictions on the future of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under a new administration. While a lot is still unknown and much to be revealed in the New Year, the one thing that the group agreed on (and has been publicly stated) is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as we know it will go away – at least in part.
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  • Tech Leaders Strategize on How to Improve Civic Engagement

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 16, 2016
    Sacramento State University recently hosted a series of events to examine what is possible when government and technology interface. CompTIA’s SLED Council is a big supporter of the Sac State Policy and Politics program and even sponsored a $5,000 scholarship for a graduate student in 2016.
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  • A New Congress, Administration and Tax Code?

    by Geoff Lane | Dec 07, 2016
    One of the great things about the American political system is the chance to hit the reset button. For better or worse, every two years a new Congress is sworn in. New members come to Washington with new ideas –some more sensible than others– but nevertheless, this biennial tradition brings with it renewed hope. That’s why we’re so excited for 2017 and the soon-to-be-sworn-in 115th Congress.
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  • Talking Politics: How the New Administration Will Shape Future Policy Decisions

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    Immigration, the economy, security, health care, gender and race relations, and the Supreme Court all played a big part in the 2016 election. How will the incoming administration affect future policy decision and the IT industry?
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  • FAA Successes and Challenges: A Look into the UAV Market

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    What does the new administration mean to the drone market? And how does the state play a role in UAVs? PrecisionHawk and AirMap executives provide insight into their experience with the FAA and the UAV market.
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  • How New Trends in Data Are Dramatically Changing the World As We Know It

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    More data, cheaper data and new technical feasibilities are placing us at the cusp of a world where humans and machines are natural, seamless and meaningful extensions of one another – a world that has both incredible promise and incredible danger.
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  • CompTIA’s 2016 National State Government Affairs and State and Local Government and Education Meeting Addresses Open Data

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    Each year, CompTIA advocacy members meet to network and hear from speakers on emerging federal and state policy and governance issues impacting the U.S. tech industry. CompTIA’s 2016 National State Government Affairs (SGA) and State and Local Government and Education (SLED) meeting was held November 15 to 16 in Nashville and offered a range of sessions.
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  • Restrictive Terms and Conditions on Tech Contracts in the State of Idaho Need to be Examined

    by Jennifer Saha | Nov 04, 2016
    Last week, I testified in front of the Idaho Legislature’s State Procurement Laws Committee on the need to modernize IT procurement. Idaho, like many states around the nation, has modeled IT procurements according to legislative direction but that direction is intentionally broad and allows considerable policy-setting flexibility to the procurement oversight agency within the state. The state agency and administrators set the standard terms and conditions that dictate which companies will bid on contracts and thus, influence the technologies implemented within the state.
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  • CompTIA Submits Report on Foreign Barriers to Tech Trade

    by Stefanie Holland | Nov 03, 2016
    On October 27, CompTIA submitted a report to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as it works to compile the annual National Trade Estimate (NTE) on foreign barriers to trade. CompTIA used this opportunity to provide the federal government with information on the foreign barriers member companies face when exporting their products and services.
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  • SXSW Panel: Apprenticeships and Solving the IT Skills Gap

    by Preston Grisham | Oct 28, 2016
    We are very excited to announce our panel 'Apprenticeships and Solving the IT Skills Gap’ has been selected to present at the 2017 SXSW Conference in Austin. The panel will be moderated by Charles Eaton, CEO of the Creating IT Futures Foundation. We are extremely fortunate to have United States Senator Orrin Hatch joining him on the panel.
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  • Cloud-Based Tech CEO Calls on Congress to Approve the TPP

    by Stefanie Holland | Oct 28, 2016
    ClikCloud founder and CEO Dan Shapero joins companies across the U.S. on encouraging Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in an effort to promote high-tech trade throughout the world.
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  • FCC Passes New Privacy Rules for Broadband Internet Access

    by Matt Starr | Oct 28, 2016
    This morning the FCC passed its long-awaited data security and privacy rules for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers on a 3-2 party line vote. While we won’t have the final language of the rules for several more weeks, Chairman Wheeler released a fact sheet earlier this month outlining what we should expect from the upcoming order. Unfortunately, albeit not surprisingly, the Commission has decided to move forward with its ex ante prescriptive approach and will not follow the FTC’s case-by-case framework.
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  • Small Tech Companies Urge Congress to Support the TPP

    by Stefanie Holland | Oct 17, 2016
    Indyme joins list of small technology companies urging Congress to support the passage of TPP. The negotiated TPP will remove 18,000 tariffs on U.S. exports, including those on information and communication technology (ICT) goods. Under TPP, expanded market access to key countries will be possible, including to Japan, which is a market with real growth opportunity for Indyme. Other TPP countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand and Vietnam will slash ICT tariffs as well.
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  • CompTIA’s Public Sector Practice and Jennifer Saha Named Finalist for Route Fifty’s Navigator Award

    by Pete Kaminskas | Oct 14, 2016
    CompTIA is proud to announce that its public sector practice and Jennifer Saha, director of CompTIA’s public sector councils, were named a finalist for Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards in the category of the Government Allies and Cross Sector Partners category.
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  • CompTIA Plays a Key Role in the National Smart Cities Week

    by David Logsdon | Oct 06, 2016
    The Smart Cities Council and federal government kicked off Smart Cities Week with announcements of $80 million dollars in new investments to help cities leverage smart cities technologies. CompTIA is playing an integral role in these investments, offering a host of products and services through the Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants.
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