New York, NY, February 13, 2014 – This week, Angel Pineiro, SVP from ASI System Integration joined TechVoice to advocate for IT sector priorities on Capitol Hill during the organization’s annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C. TechVoice, a partnership of CompTIA and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), works to provide a voice to tech companies on Capitol Hill.
As a TechVoice participant, Angel Pineiro met with congressional representatives from three states including Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware. They included Senators Chuck Schumer (NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Chris Coons (DE) and Congressmen/women Robert Brady (PA), Tim Bishop (NY), Carolyn Maloney (NY), Paul Tonko (NY), Jose Serrano (NY), and Joseph Crowley (NY) to focus their attention on policies that support patent reform, develop skills for the 21st century workforce, champion the SMB tech entrepreneur, cyber security and data breach notification, high-speed broadband, and support emerging technology platforms.
“Tech sector innovation is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy and, Congress should prioritize issues that affect small and mid-size tech businesses,” said Pineiro. “These issues include patent reform to counter abusive patent litigation tactics by so-called ‘patent trolls’, and immigration reform that includes making it easier to recruit and retain the ‘best and the brightest’ of high-tech workers in an effort to close the skills gap and remain globally competitive.”
This is the third year that Pineiro has participated in the TechVoice Fly-In.
“As the tech sector grapples with the implementation of 2014 Congressional priorities, TechVoice will continue to facilitate open discourse between legislators and small and mid-sized tech businesses,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “Through a balanced, multi-policy approach that incorporates the needs of hiring businesses, Congress can boost economic growth nationwide.”
Throughout the course of 2013, there were anywhere from 300,000 to 600,000+ open IT and IT-related jobs in the U.S., according to Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights. “We remain committed to ensuring passage of workforce focused legislation that will help close the IT skills gap and drive students into STEM careers,”Angel added, “Creating a sustainable IT workforce though STEM education at all levels, stronger link between education and on the job training, greater articulation between K-12, post-secondary and private sector partnerships is critical to tacking this issue as well as the problem with long-term unemployment.”
The Fly-In took place on February 11-12, 2014. For more information on TechVoice’s advocacy efforts, visit www.TechVoice.org.
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