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Senator Warner Visits HP to Discuss Free Trade


U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) led a town hall event at HP’s Herndon, Virginia site on the importance of free trade. More than 250 attendees including HP employees joined the event to hear from Senator Warner and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Demetrios Marantis.


Dennis Stolkey, HP senior vice president of U.S. public sector, Enterprise Services, moderated the event and shared his insights on how trade issues affect HP.


Hear directly from Senator Warner and Dennis Stolkey regarding the town hall discussion by clicking here.


HP strongly supports the pending U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia and encourages Congressional passage as soon as possible. Each agreement helps HP and the U.S. remain globally competitive. 


Read Senator Warner’s blog about the event here.

Innovation and Policy: An Interview with Representative Kevin Brady (TX-8)


Serving as a Member of the House of Representatives since 1997, Congressman Kevin Brady is a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade.

Rep. Brady supports tax reforms that enhance the competitiveness of US-based global companies. He recently introduced the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011, which seeks to modernize the research and development tax credit in order to enhance the nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. The legislation would increase the “alternative simplified credit” from 14 percent to 20 percent and make it permanent, expanding opportunities for companies in the U.S. to compete worldwide. He held a news conference announcing the bill on March 9; Jeff Bergeron, chief technology officer for HP’s U.S. Public Sector, participated in the conference.

Rep. Brady also supports the pending trade agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama and South Korea and is a champion of policies that open markets abroad for U.S. workers and companies to sell more of their goods and services, strengthen intellectual property rights, and foster innovation.

HP interviewed Rep. Brady recently to discuss challenges faced by the technology sector and opportunities for the technology industry to support the nation’s economic growth.

HP: What are the greatest policy challenges for the technology sector in the United States?
Rep. Brady: One of the greatest policy challenges in my view is empowering the U.S. tech sector with the right tools to compete for and win customers anywhere in the world. We need a corporate tax system that encourages innovation and economic growth in the U.S.  Further, we need more trade agreements and R&D investment incentives that enhance our competitiveness, as well as intellectual property rights around the world that protect our country’s innovations.

HP: What role do you see the tech sector playing in driving the nation’s recovery?
Rep. Brady: I think the technology sector is critical because it is one of our strongest export sectors, helping us compete abroad while providing jobs at home. Promoting innovation fundamentally makes the U.S. more productive and successful, which in turn helps drive our competitiveness.

HP: What initiatives do you see for strengthening America’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education?
Rep. Brady: Before I ran for public office and as an elected official still today, I continue to support projects designed to get young people engaged and interested in math and science. We have seen many examples of public-private partnerships to support K-12 education, and we need to see better coordination of private and public programs.  We also need the strongest K-12 curriculum possible to prepare young people for college and attract them – especially young women and minorities – to study STEM subjects and become interested in these career opportunities.

Watch more of our interview with Rep. Brady here.

Innovation and Policy: An Interview with Representative Anna Eshoo (CA-14)

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
has served as a Member of the House of Representatives for nearly two decades, where she’s been a strong voice for consumers, American competitiveness and innovation. Rep. Eshoo helped craft the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included $8.3 billion in research funding — representing the largest annual increase in research and development in America’s history — and co-sponsored the Patent Reform Act of 2009, the first major reform to the patent system in more than 50 years. She has also supported the Data Accountability and Trust Act and the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, and co-authored language to require the Federal Communications Commission to develop a National Broadband Plan.


Rep. Eshoo has served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee since 1995 and is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, making her one of the most powerful voices on technology policy today. She also represents Silicon Valley and many of HP’s employees, including HP’s Palo Alto headquarters.


HP sat down with Rep. Eshoo recently to discuss the impact of public policy on the technology sector, and the role IT can play in the nation’s recovery.


HP: What role do you see the tech sector playing in driving the nation’s recovery?

Rep. Eshoo: There is no way the American economy can return without a robust high-tech sector. Even in tough times, the high-tech sector has retained itself as a robust employer, and it is a yardstick by which the nation is measured. Tech supports how we work, think and drives our commerce, and a robust, competitive tech sector will bring continued innovation.


HP: What initiatives do you see for strengthening America’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education?

Rep. Eshoo: I’ve led Congress’s innovation agenda. One effort, born at Stanford, brought CEOs from the high-tech industry, telecommunications, venture capital and leaders from academia together. MIT hosted a similar meeting, helping shape what became the COMPETES Act – which is innovative, promising legislation. Democratic leadership has several tactics related to immigration, research and development (R&D) and STEM with a goal of helping the country re-distinguish itself such that the 21st century will be written as the American century. There is no doubt that we have the capacity.


HP: What are the greatest challenges for the technology sector in Washington today?

Rep. Eshoo: To flourish, the technology sector depends on an educated workforce and the ability to attract skilled workers from overseas. It is imperative that we resolve the H1-B visa issue to make this happen. Federally, we have always been the driver for research & development, which means we need to reshape the R&D tax credit so companies can rely on it.


Watch more of our interview with Rep. Eshoo here.

HP Honored with Two Awards for Innovation in Global Health

Today, the Global Business Coalition (GBC) announced its Business Action on Health Award winners, recognizing companies that exemplify the spirit of innovation and dedication to outstanding achievements in global health. Honorees were recognized for results-oriented approaches to global health and wellness, using economically sustainable practices that can be easily replicated or expanded to multiply their impact.

GBC Business Action on Health AwardsHP was awarded for its application of core business competence to address a social challenge with its Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) program in Kenya. Working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), HP developed a technology system to capture, manage and return infant HIV test results in just one to two days after results are ready – a significant improvement from the previous paper-based system, which took two to three months. The turnaround time for test results is critical to infant health, as infants diagnosed with HIV must begin anti-retroviral treatment (ART) as quickly as possible to ensure survival.

For innovation in applying technology to health, HP was awarded for its work with social enterprise mPedigree to develop anti-counterfeit drug authentication programs in Nigeria and Ghana. Counterfeit medicine is a significant problem in developing countries, causing at least 700,000 deaths per year globally. The service allows consumers to verify the authenticity of their medication through a free text message from their mobile device.

More information on the award and honorees can be found here.

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