Advocacy Blog

  • Governor Rauner Proclaims IT Month in Illinois

    by Alexi Madon | Mar 28, 2017
    For the first time, Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 2017 as Information Technology throughout Illinois! In celebration of this new designation, organizations across the state are hosting a variety of events to demonstrate the importance of this great industry and encourage students of all ages to explore a career in this growing field.
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  • 3-D Printers and Virtual Reality Headsets: Tech in Focus at the World Customs Organization Meeting in Brussels, Belgium

    by CompTIA | Mar 24, 2017
    This week, CompTIA’s Ken Montgomery, vice president of international trade regulation and compliance, and Stefanie Holland, director of international government and regulatory affairs, attended a meeting of the Harmonized System Committee at the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels, Belgium.
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  • CompTIA Supports Smart Cities and Communities

    by CompTIA | Mar 17, 2017
    On March 7, CompTIA hosted the first ever hill briefing on smart cities and communities. On March 16, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held the first ever hearing on smart cities and communities.
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  • CompTIA Joins the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Coalition to Modernize American Infrastructure

    by David Logsdon | Mar 17, 2017
    CompTIA has joined the recently created Bipartisan Policy Center’s Coalition to Modernize American Infrastructure. CompTIA has stated that a 21st century infrastructure ecosystem includes transportation (roads, bridges and airports), water (public utilities) and energy (electric grid) that is layered by cross-cutting, secure, smart technology and enabled by ubiquitous broadband connectivity and sensors.
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  • What are the Implications a Negotiation on NAFTA Could Have on the Tech Industry?

    by Stefanie Holland | Mar 16, 2017
    This week, the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) hosted a lunchtime panel discussion on the implications a negotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could have on the tech industry.
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  • Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Build State Cybersecurity Resiliency

    by David Logsdon | Mar 16, 2017
    Earlier this month, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to help state, local and tribal governments more effectively counter cyber-threats.
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  • What is the State of Cybersecurity for the Satellite industry?

    by David Logsdon | Mar 10, 2017
    With the growing and insatiable demand of data and connectivity from government and consumers, satellite solutions need to have information assurance. We are in an era of increased threat from elaborate data breaches and denials of service; these threats to information assurance are on the rise and are increasing in sophistication.
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  • What to Expect on Trade Policy in the New Administration?

    by Stefanie Holland | Mar 03, 2017
    Get a broad, deep and quick overview on the Trump Administration’s actions on and approach to foreign trade.
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  • CompTIA Fly-In Attendees Get an Excellent Overview of 2017 Government Tech Priorities at Capitol Hill Speaker Series

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    Wednesday morning began with the Capitol Hill morning speaker series featuring members of Congress and high-ranking officials from the executive branch. We received an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. The information shared allowed attendees to increase their knowledge of issues before hitting the halls of Congress for an afternoon of Fly-In meetings.
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  • Honoring CompTIA’s 2017 Tech Champions at Fly-In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    On February 14th, we honored our technology policy champions at the CompTIA Tech Champion Awards dinner at 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. This year’s CompTIA Tech Champions are New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Texas Representative Will Hurd, and North Carolina businessman Ron Culler the 2017 CompTIA Tech Champions.
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  • 2017 CompTIA Fly-In Tech Policy Summit: Cybersecurity Workforce, IoT and the 2017 Federal Tech Policy Agenda

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    Following a working lunch, the CompTIA Tech Policy Summit got underway, which featured panel discussions on the cybersecurity workforce, Internet of Things (IoT), and a glimpse at the federal tech policy agenda for 2017.
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  • 2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In: Kicking it Off with a Working Lunch on How to Advance the Tech Workforce

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    This week, CompTIA held its sixth annual 2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In. Joined by our Fly-In Partner, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and some 20 different state tech councils, there were more than 140 technology executives and business owners representing 29 states who attended the two-day event on February 14 and 15.
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  • Trade Policy Impact Calculator for "What if" Scenarios

    by Stefanie Holland | Jan 30, 2017
    CompTIA member BPE Global developed a free calculator that allows you to take your company's import data and with the push of a button, get a fact-based data sheet that shows the impact of the President's proposed trade policies to your company.
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  • Olympia Lawmakers Return for 2017 Session

    by Kara Bush | Jan 17, 2017
    Washington State legislators will convene today in Olympia for the 2017 legislative session. The regular session is scheduled to run 105 days through April 23, however special session extensions are likely.
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  • Governor Brown Proposes 2017-18 State Budget

    by Kara Bush | Jan 17, 2017
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a balanced state budget that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in education, health care expansion and other core programs.
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  • 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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