Andy Halataei serves as ITI's senior vice president of government affairs. Andy came to ITI in February of 2011 as director of government relations and he is responsible for handling privacy issues, immigration and cybersecurity for the association. For the previous four years, Halataei was a government affairs consultant at the Stanton Park Group where he tracked and offered direction on legislative and regulatory developments in the areas of telecommunications, intellectual property, health care, immigration and energy.
Prior to joining the Stanton Park Group in November 2006, Andy Halataei spent nine years on Capitol Hill. He served for five years as Legislative Director to Congressman J. Randy Forbes of Virginia. As Legislative Director to Congressman Forbes, Andy oversaw the Congressman's legislative staff and agenda, focusing primarily on telecommunications, appropriations, budget, and tax issues. In addition, Andy managed Congressman Forbes activities on the House Judiciary Committee.
Before joining Forbes staff, Andy was Senior Legislative Assistant to Oklahoma Congressman Steve Largent where he also specialized in handling Largent’s work before the House Energy and Commerce Committee including health care, the environment, and financial services issues. During his time with Largent he helped to secure passage in the House of the Date Certain Tax Code Replacement Act, legislation that would sunset the internal revenue code. Prior to joining Congressman Largent’s office, Andy was a Legislative Assistant in the office of Representative Gil Gutknecht (R-MN).
Andy received a B.S. in Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University in 1997. He is a native of Arlington, Virginia and currently resides there as well.
Blog Posts by Andy Halataei
Limiting Green Cards for Skilled Workers Only Works to Hold Our Economy Back
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), along with Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Raúl Labrador (R-ID), are to be commended for introducing the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 213), a bipartisan bill [...]01/09/2015 - ITI Blog
Senate takes on Surveillance Reform: Restoring Public Trust
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first-published revelations in The Guardian about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance activities. A year can feel like a lifetime in Washington, [...]06/05/2014 - ITI Blog
ITI Letter to the House of Representatives on the USA Freedom Act
This evening, ITI sent a letter to the House of Representatives commending the House on the progress that has been made on the USA Freedom Act to date and identifying the areas where more work needs to [...]05/21/2014 - ITI Blog
Badgering Congress on the Economic Urgency of Immigration Reform
“The birthplace of the people who possess those minds is not a matter of great interest to us and neither should it be to anyone else. Bringing capable immigrants -- many of whom receive their educations [...]09/17/2013 - ITI Blog
Immigration Reform Can Write a Better American Economic Story
Local media always tout the addition of a handful of jobs in their communities. Just in the last few days, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel heralded, “Company's $2.3M Expansion to Create 10 Jobs in Woodburn.” [...]09/12/2013 - ITI Blog
Let’s Look to High Skilled Immigration to Stay Ahead
The tech sector’s seemingly exponential growth has increased our nation’s need for a highly skilled workforce. More than any other industry, our sector’s ability to grow depends largely on highly educated [...]05/17/2012 - TechElect Blog