WASHINGTON, DC — February 13, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed policy priorities announced by President Obama in his State of the Union Address to grow human capital in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math; improve America’s cybersecurity posture; and expand global trade.
Immigration & Workforce Skills
“We applaud the President’s commitment to close the yawning skills gap that software and other high-tech companies face in the United States,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “There are thousands of unfilled research, product development, and engineering jobs in the software industry. Yet only 4 percent of the college degrees awarded in the US are for engineering. We need a two-pronged solution to these problems, coupling long-term improvements in STEM education with targeted, nearer-term, high-skilled immigration reforms.”
“BSA shares the President’s commitment to bolster national security and shore up the foundations of the digital economy by enhancing the country’s cybersecurity capabilities,” said Holleyman. “We look forward to partnering with the Administration as it implements the President’s executive order to ensure that cybersecurity measures continue to go hand in hand with technology innovation.”
“Completing negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership and launching talks on a comprehensive trans-Atlantic trade deal can provide a huge boost for the digital economy as we move further into the cloud era,” Holleyman said. “We need to foster the growth of a cohesive international marketplace where commercial data can flow easily across borders. Companies should be able to do business wherever there is a market for their products and services — and customers everywhere should be able to choose from the best solutions the world has to offer. That will require countries to embrace policy frameworks that promote innovation, provide incentives to build the infrastructure to support it, and foster confidence that using information technologies will bring the anticipated benefits without sacrificing expectations of privacy, security and safety.”