ITIF Event: The COMPETES Act and the Future of American Competitiveness

April 30, 2013

WASHINGTON (April 30, 2013) - Congress enacted the America COMPETES Act in 2007 with the goal of enhancing the science and innovation enterprise that underpins U.S. economic growth. While the act has been successful in improving federal innovation programs, more can be done to enhance the implementation, coordination and overall success of science and technology policy and further its impact on the economy. With the COMPETES Act up for reauthorization in 2013, policymakers have an opportunity to specifically address areas of need and improve the overall effectiveness of U.S. innovation policy.

In an effort to further this discussion, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will host a distinguished panel of experts for a Capitol Hill briefing on the past, present and future of the America COMPETES Act. The event will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 7 in the Russell Senate Office Building, Rm. 253.

It will include a discussion of ITIF's recently released report 25 Policy Recommendations for the 2013 America COMPETES Act Reauthorization, which offers a series of reforms designed to revamp the U.S. innovation system and spur additional investment in science and technology.

"If the United States wants a globally competitive economy going forward, federal policy must play a more active role in spurring R&D, innovation, and technology transfer," says Stephen Ezell, a senior analyst with ITIF and coauthor of the report. "Through this event, we hope to present a roadmap for how policymakers can enhance our federal innovation enterprise, spur economic development and improve overall quality of life."

Event speakers include Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF, Scott Doron, Director of the Southern Technology Council, Kathleen Kingscott, Director of Strategic Partnerships for IBM Research, and Morgan Reed, Executive Director, ACT.

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at