Advocacy Blog

  • 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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  • CompTIA Joins Tech Leaders For Meeting at the White House

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Jun 26, 2017
    On Tuesday, as part of the Administration’s “tech week”, CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux joined his fellow tech trade association leaders for a “listening session” at the White House on tax reform and government IT modernization. It was an intimate gathering of about 15 people in the Roosevelt Room and followed a well reported and productive meeting the day before with many of the leading global technology firm CEOs.
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  • HSITAG Met Out West...Big Success!

    by Jennifer Saha | Jun 23, 2017
    For the first time in the history of the Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG), the group convened in Sacramento to hear from State of California leadership earlier this month. While venturing this far west was quite the journey for our traditionally east coast membership contingent, over 50 people were in the room to hear from an extended half day of guests.
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  • BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold?

    by Lana Sansur | Jun 23, 2017
    This month, CompTIA held a webinar titled, “Blockchain What Does the Future Hold?” hosted by David Logsdon, senior director for Federal Advocacy at CompTIA who handles our New and Emerging Technologies portfolio.
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  • Shared Services, IT Modernization, and Innovation: A CompTIA June 14th Breakfast Briefing featuring Robert Wuhrman, USSM, GSA

    by David Logsdon | Jun 23, 2017
    On May 11th, President Trump signed off on the long-awaited cybersecurity executive order, promoting IT modernization and Shared Services. White House Assistant to the President for Homeland Security stated that " part of the enterprise view of the government is moving to Shared Services." The EO emphasizes the "strong preference" in procurement for shared IT services, which include email, cloud, and cyber services. Shared Services will also be one of the primarily focuses of the newly created American Technology Council.
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  • Minor Changes to Broadband Infrastructure Laws Can Have Huge Impacts

    by Matthew Starr | Jun 22, 2017
    Last week, CompTIA submitted comments in two different FCC proceedings focused on reducing barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment. The first focused on wireless deployment, and particularly on finding ways to speed up the process for deploying small cells. The second focused on wireline infrastructure and how to improve the processes for getting access to utility poles and local rights-of-way. Our proposed changes should help increase broadband competition, improve speeds, lower customer costs, and help pave the way for the next generation of wireless networks.
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  • Have Skills, Will Travel (If the Tax Laws Aren’t Too Confusing)

    by Geoff Lane | Jun 21, 2017
    The House of Representatives this week, passed the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 1393) by a simple voice vote. Passage of the bill with such broad, bipartisan support should send a message to the Senate that it’s now time for that chamber to act accordingly and deliver its own bill (S. 540) for the president’s signature immediately. Many in the IT industry have been monitoring the proposal closely, as it reflects a changing economic landscape and would streamline some of our tax collection laws.
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  • The Space Race to the Data Race: How Innovation is Helping Drive American Competitiveness

    by Lana Sansur | Jun 20, 2017
    Best practices and insights on government innovation in this digital age were shared in a recent closing keynote given by David Logsdon, senior director, public advocacy, new and emerging technologies at the Digital Nation Summit in Washington, D.C.
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  • CompTIA 2017 Excellence in Cybersecurity Awards Winners are Honored

    by Lana Sansur | Jun 16, 2017
    This week, CompTIA held its third annual Excellence in Cybersecurity Award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The ceremony recognizes members of Congress and federal agency program managers who are making important strides in using federal resources wisely to improve the cybersecurity skills of those who work for the U.S. Government.
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  • CompTIA Offers Assistance on Florida’s Terms and Conditions

    by Jennifer Saha | Jun 08, 2017
    The State of Florida’s Department of Management Services has recently proposed some changes to their standard terms and conditions for state contracts. The state’s Agency for State Technology recently survived an attempt to decentralize technology funding, estimated at more than $700m annually. The proposed changes to the state’s standard terms and conditions take the state in the wrong direction. CompTIA expressed some concerns with the proposed changes and, with $700 million on the line in technology spending annually, we are hopeful that Florida hears our concerns and takes them to heart.
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