February 13, 2017 – This week, Michael Drobnis from OptfinITy, LLC joined the CompTIA DC Fly-In to advocate for IT sector priorities on Capitol Hill during the association’s annual Fly-In to Washington, DC. CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, through its advocacy arm, champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large internet companies, equipment manufacturers, and communications service providers.
As a CompTIA DC Fly-In participant, Drobnis met with Senator Warner, Senator Kaine, Congressman Beyer and Congressman Wittman’s office to focus their attention on policies that develop skills for the 21st century workforce, advance tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation, lead in secure internet-based platform technologies, support new and emerging technology platforms through policies, address availability and delivery of broadband communications and expand markets and advocate for sensible rules of global trade. “Innovation in the tech sector is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy and Congress should prioritize issues that affect technology companies,” said Drobnis.
“One of the most important issues facing the technology industry today is the availability of a skilled workforce. We shared with our elected officials the importance of internships and apprenticeships as an avenue to train the next generation of IT workers and incentivize educators, students, and employers to adopt alternative education models that will spur economic growth. We look forward to the 2017 legislative agenda and remain encouraged by the conversations on Capitol Hill about issues critical to our membership,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “We will work closely with congressional leaders to push legislation that boosts the digital economy and fosters American innovation.”