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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2) Reforming America’s outdated high-skilled immigration system;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

Our 8-Point Plan to Advance Semiconductor Industry Priorities in 2016

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SIA has long championed federal policies that promote U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Now that the 114th Congress has reached its midpoint and lawmakers have resumed legislative work in the new year, it’s a good time to assess the progress made in 2015 on some of the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities and the work that remains for 2016. [DOWNLOAD SIA'S 2016 POLICY PRIORITIES HERE] 

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Topics: IP, tax, trade, research, environment, anticounterfeiting, export, anti-counterfeiting, exports

NDAA Provision is Key Step Toward Export Control Reform

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Feb 7, 2013 5:00:00 AM

On Jan. 2, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013, legislation that, among other things, permits the Administration to return commercial satellites and related items – including radiation-hardened (or “rad hard”) semiconductors – to the jurisdiction of Export Administration Regulations administered by the Commerce Department after Congressional notification. This marks a reversal of a statute that had been in place since 1999 mandating that exports of commercial satellites and related items be controlled as military items. SIA has long argued that rad hard semiconductors should not be subject to the same export controls as military items. The NDAA provision is an important milestone for the semiconductor industry, and SIA will work with policymakers to implement the provision expeditiously and appropriately. 

As one of America’s top exporters, SIA is critically affected by export control reform. One of SIA’s key policy objectives for 2013 is to encourage policymakers to streamline export control regulations to allow U.S. semiconductor companies to effectively compete in the global market while protecting national security. In addition to ensuring the proper administration of the satellite decontrol provision in the NDAA, SIA will work to secure relief on troublesome rad hard requirements and advocate for comprehensive reform of IC controls, among other initiatives. Enacting common sense export control reform will help the U.S. semiconductor industry continue to create jobs, drive economic growth, and boost America’s global competitiveness.  

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Topics: export

SIA's 2013 Policy Roadmap Strengthens U.S. Semiconductor Industry, Boosts American Innovation

Posted by Brian Toohey, SIA President and CEO on Jan 22, 2013 4:00:00 AM

With the new year upon us and the 113th Congress now underway, SIA is focused on advancing the U.S. semiconductor industry’s key policy objectives for 2013. Our industry is critical to America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. SIA’s 2013 Policy Roadmap – outlined below – will help keep America at the forefront of innovation and ensure the long-term success of the U.S. semiconductor industry:

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Topics: immigration, tax, trade, research, environment, patents, export, anti-counterfeiting