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    Updating Congress on Conflict Minerals Reporting
    Earlier this afternoon, I testified before a congressional subcommittee on what policy insiders refer to as Dodd-Frank Section 1502. Translated, that’s a provision in the 2010 financial reform law that requires publicly traded companies to disclose through a Securities and Exchange Commission report whether they source specific minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Supply Chain Responsibility, Regulatory Compliance
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    Apple CEO: Fixing the Broken Tax Code = Jobs, Investment
    Apple's Tim Cook is testifying in front of a Senate subcommittee on what Apple sees as a vastly simpler corporate tax structure to replace the outdated, overly complex structure that the U.S. has today.  Listen to what he had to say in his opening statement. We'll have updates later this afternoon.
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    ICYMI: Dean Garfield Talks Tax Reform on the Kudlow Report
    Tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook will put forward the tenets of a reform plan that could fix the broken, antiquated U.S. tax code.  His testimony before a Senate panel will focus on shaping a competitive, market-based tax code that has a lower rate and enhances American innovation.  We need to responsibly modernize our tax structure, to help American companies create jobs and new opportunities here at [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Donilon Talks Asia-U.S. Challenges in Cyber, Trade
    This morning, many media accounts look at remarks from Tom Donilon, the President's National Security Advisor, on the challenges facing the U.S. relationships with many Asian nations.  Among the topics he covered:  the priority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and the ongoing dialogue with China on cybersecurity.  For the full context, you can read Donilon's remarks to the Asia Society in New [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Trade & Investment
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    Lew Confirmation Hearing Zeroes in on Tax Reform
    The President’s nominee to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, testified at the Senate Finance Committee today and faced questions from Democratic and Republican Senators on the importance of corporate tax reform to job creation.  (You can watch the archived hearing on the committee’s site.) Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., set the tone with his opening statement, underscoring that the [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Honoring Innovation and Discovery at the White House
    With the greatest “collection of brainpower we’ve had under this roof in a long time,” President Obama at the White House today bestowed the nation’s highest honors for invention and discovery – the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation – on an incredibly talented group of men and women.  The President noted that the accomplishments of these women and men are [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM
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    Kerry on Cybersecurity
    At his confirmation hearing today to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., was asked about cybersecurity.  Here’s what he had to say in his question-and-answer round with Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.   Senator Durbin:  I think you may have attended the briefing, the classified briefing for members of the Senate, Democrats [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    The President’s Inauguration: Giving New Priority to Familiar Challenges
    In his Inaugural Address today, President Obama combined poetry and prose as he spoke about the priorities that he will bring to his second term in office.  For many of these issues, the technology sector has put forward ideas with backing from both Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.  The challenge consistently has been building broader support to move policies from good proposals to new [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Environment & Sustainability, Tax Policy, Skills/STEM, Energy
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    ITI Participates in EU Forum on Conflict and Raw Materials
    This past Wednesday in Brussels, the European Union (EU) hosted a “Workshop on a possible comprehensive ‘EU initiative on minerals originating from conflict areas’.” This particular forum was limited to EU officials and invited experts from the OECD, academia, civil society and the business community. The EU will likely advance the initiative in 2013, first with a public consultation and subsequently [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Environment & Sustainability, Regulatory Compliance
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    ITI’s Team: Best in Class
    At ITI, we pride ourselves in the quality of our work.  Our ethos is reflected in our brand:  “Innovation.  Insight.  Influence.”  We strive to match our members’ breakthrough innovations with cutting-edge approaches to help people and governments better understand our members and the work they do in Washington, D.C., and in key markets and capitals around the world.  And, today, two of our top advocates [...]
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