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David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

David Isaacs is vice president of government affairs at SIA, where he is responsible for all aspects of the association’s work related to government policy and advocacy before the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and international organizations. Before joining SIA, David was senior vice president, government relations of Solazyme Inc., a leading renewable energy startup based in South San Francisco, California. In that capacity he was responsible for securing government support to advance Solazyme’s commercialization and research objectives. He previously served as director, government affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company, where he led the D.C. office and directed a global team on HP’s technology, environmental, energy policy, and other priority policy matters. He was an associate at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C., and started his career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. David is a graduate of Tufts University, and received a law degree at Columbia University. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

Recent Posts

Sen. Hatch’s Innovation Agenda Would Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Feb 16, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, today unveiled his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress during an event at the U.S. Capitol. Many of the initiatives highlighted in Sen. Hatch’s plan align closely with the U.S. semiconductor industry’s policy priorities, including reforming America’s corporate tax system, investing in basic research, protecting intellectual property (IP), strengthening America’s tech workforce, and promoting the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Advancing these initiatives would strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. We applaud Sen. Hatch for his longstanding leadership on tech priorities.

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, research, STEM, IoT

Secretary Clinton’s Tech Platform Highlights Key Semiconductor Priorities

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiled a set of policy initiatives aimed at bolstering U.S. technology and innovation leadership. SIA welcomes attention from the presidential candidates on policies to strengthen the semiconductor industry and the broader tech sector. Secretary Clinton’s plan embraces a number of the semiconductor industry’s longstanding priorities, including the following:

1) Increasing the research budgets of federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and DARPA;
2) Reforming America’s outdated high-skilled immigration system;
3) Rebuilding U.S. leadership in high-performance computing;
4) Continuing key reforms of the U.S. export control system; and
5) Expanding investments in STEM education programs.

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Topics: immigration, trade, research, export, STEM, exports

Senate Committee Considers Risks of Counterfeits

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Apr 27, 2016 4:30:00 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee today convened a hearing to assess the risks to public health and safety posed by counterfeit products. The hearing covered the full range of counterfeit products, including consumer products, health and personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. While counterfeit semiconductors were not a focus of the hearing, the risks posed by counterfeit semiconductors, including infiltration of counterfeits in the military supply chain, were referenced by Chairman Grassley (R-IA) and the Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Topics: IP, anti-counterfeiting

Senate Votes to Protect Trade Secrets; House Should Follow Suit

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Apr 4, 2016 6:00:00 PM

The Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen the protection of trade secrets. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property critical to continued growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and across the U.S. economy. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890) would provide owners of trade secrets with new legal tools to prevent the theft of trade secrets. SIA commends the Senate for passing this needed legislation and urges the House to promptly pass its bill (H.R. 3326).  

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Topics: IP, patents, trade secrets

Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets Would Strengthen Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM

SIA this week endorsed bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the protection of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890 and H.R. 3326) would create a federal civil cause of action that would empower U.S. companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court. The lead sponsors of the Senate bill, Sens. Hatch (R-UT) and Coons (D-DE), spoke on the Senate floor yesterday in support of the legislation. The lead sponsors of the House bill are Reps. Collins (R-GA) and Nadler (D-NY). 

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Topics: IP, patents

Congress Has Historic Opportunity to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 7, 2015 10:30:00 AM

On Oct. 11, 1976, the primary federal law pertaining to federal oversight of the production and use of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was enacted. The law has not been updated since, and there is widespread consensus from a wide range of stakeholders that the law needs to be reformed. In the coming weeks, the Senate may have a chance to approve legislation (S. 697) that would modernize federal chemicals law. SIA supports this legislation and urges its swift approval. 

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Topics: environment, chemicals

House Approves Needed Updates to Federal Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 24, 2015 9:27:40 AM

The House of Representatives last night approved the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576), legislation that would enhance the protection of health and the environment, while also providing the semiconductor industry and other sectors with certainty in the selection and use of chemicals. We applaud the House for passing this legislation and urge the Senate to approve companion legislation (S.697) in short order.  The House and Senate would then need to reconcile the two bills before sending the legislation to the president.

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Topics: environment, chemicals

SIA Supports Efforts to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The sound regulation of chemicals essential to semiconductor manufacturing is a key issue for the continued success of the U.S. semiconductor industry. SIA is encouraged that both houses of Congress have developed bipartisan bills (S. 697; House Discussion Draft) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including positive reforms on many issues of interest to the semiconductor industry.

TSCA was enacted in 1976 and has not been updated since. Updates to this law are long overdue, and we hope Congress will approve legislation this year that achieves targeted reforms to the law.

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Topics: environment, chemicals

Myths vs. Facts: Setting the Record Straight on Immigration

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Mar 17, 2015 1:30:00 PM

When it comes to the immigration debate in Washington, too often the facts get lost in the rhetoric. To set the record straight on immigration, SIA and a group of 18 other industry leaders have developed a document titled "Debunking the Myth that Immigration Harms America." The document, which was presented today at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, examines and discredits a series of common misconceptions about immigration. 

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Topics: immigration, workforce

UN Should Not Prohibit Use of Chemicals Vital to Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

At a meeting in Vienna, Austria this week, a United Nations commission will decide whether to restrict the use of two chemicals of critical importance to the semiconductor industry under an international drug control agreement. In comments to the U.S. government, SIA outlined its strong opposition to the restriction of these chemicals and urged U.S. representatives to vote against it. SIA also has urged other governments to oppose this listing, and we have received support from the other semiconductor associations that are part of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC).

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Topics: environment, materials, chemicals