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In Coalition Effort, BSA Urges Joint Committee to Leverage IT Innovation for Deficit Reduction

Letter proposes tax reforms, targeted investments, steps to stabilize debt

Washington, DC — October 27, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance today joined five other leading technology associations in urging the bipartisan Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to embrace a series of recommendations to stabilize the federal debt while simulating economic growth and promoting US competitiveness.

In a letter to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), co-chairs of the so-called “supercommittee” on deficit reduction, BSA and its fellow technology associations — TechNet, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and TechAmerica — proposed a series of tax reforms, targeted investments, and debt-stabilizing measures.

“The task before the Joint Committee represents an inflection point — an opportunity to focus federal spending on things that maximize return on investment while minimizing waste,” said Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The government’s use of information technology is a perfect example: Accelerating federal use of cloud computing solutions can help transform the way agencies do business and save billions of dollars. It will also position America as a leader in the global cloud arena. As an early adopter, the US government can better shape international rules on important issues such as cross-border data transfers, privacy, and security. That is how to ensure there is a level playing field for US cloud providers to succeed in this critical new market.”

Click here for a copy of the letter. (PDF)

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