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Chris Padilla

IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs is a globally integrated corporate function providing worldwide public policy and government relations expertise. Our execution supports IBM’s growth and business operations. With dedicated resources in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, we are driven by the mutual objectives of global consistency and local relevancy. We work with governments on key economic, governmental, and societal issues; helping them solve problems and create strategies for the future.

Chris Padilla
Vice President, IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs

News

IBMer to Congress: Info Sharing is Key to Managing Cyber Risks

Andrew Tannenbaum

19 March 2015 — With national attention focused on high-profile cyber attacks, IBM’s top cybersecurity legal expert today spoke to members of Congress about the importance of sharing cyber threat information, and how legislation can be shaped to help promote that sharing.

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IBM Welcomes LEADS Act Reintroduction

Chris Padilla

12 February 2015 — IBM today welcomed reintroduction of the LEADS Act, an important measure that would expand the scope and strength of privacy protections for individuals who store data in digital form.

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IBM Letter of Support for Supercomputing R&D Funding Legislation

Chris Padilla

11 February 2015 — IBM today sent a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL), commending their bipartisan, bicameral effort to strengthen U.S. leadership in supercomputing innovation.

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IBM Welcomes Introduction of the Innovation Act

Chris Padilla

5 February 2015 — IBM today issued a statement welcoming introduction of the Innovation Act, which would advance patent litigation reform.

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IBMer Testifies Before Congress on Future of Supercomputing

David Turek

28 January 2015 — David W. Turek, VP of Technical Computing OpenPOWER, with IBM Systems today testified before a U.S. Congress subcommittee on the scientific, economic and social benefits of sustained investment in homegrown supercomputing R&D.

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IBM Applauds Presidential Cyber Security Initiatives

Chris Padilla

21 January 2015 — IBM today expressed support for President Obama's efforts to expand and accelerate the sharing of cyber threat data between businesses and government.

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IBM Letter of Support for the Immigration Innovation - "I-Squared" - Act of 2015

Chris Padilla

13 January 2015 — IBM today issued the following letter of support for the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015, citing its potential to accelerate economic growth, create new opportunities for U.S. Workers and drive skills training investments.

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2014 statements

IBM Applauds Passage of Cybersecurity Bills

12 December 2014 — IBM released the following statement on S. 1353 or the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, a combination of bipartisan, consensus-based cybersecurity bills, which was passed by both chambers of Congress:

“IBM applauds the passage of S. 1353 the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, a compromise package of two key cybersecurity bills that will keep the National Institute of Standards and Technology centered with the private sector on advancing voluntary, industry-led standards and best practices for cybersecurity. The combined bill will also support increased prioritization of federal cybersecurity research, workforce development and public awareness — all areas that are critical to our ongoing efforts to defend and protect against cyber threats.”

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IBM Applauds Passage of FISMA

11 December 2014 — IBM released the following statement on the passage of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 or FISMA (S. 2521) in both chambers of Congress:

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IBM Welcomes Introduction of the MEDTECH Act

4 December 2014 — IBM today expressed support for the MEDTECH Act which, by fostering advancements in health IT, would enhance the patient experience while improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of care.

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IBM Statement In Support Of LEADS Act

18 September 2014 — IBM released today the following statement of support for “The Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act).”

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IBM Statement on the U.S. House Passage of the American Super Computing Leadership Act

8 September 2014 — IBM released the following statement welcoming passage of the American Super Computing Leadership Act, H.R. 2495.

“IBM applauds the U.S. House for passing the American Super Computing Leadership Act. This bill will usher in a new era of high-performance computing to ensure America continues to compete on the global scale. As a long-standing U.S. leader of high performance computing, IBM recognizes the importance of increasing research on exascale computing, enabling America to discover break-through solutions to meet our healthcare, energy and security needs. We urge the U.S. Senate to pass companion legislation to make this critical initiative a reality — our ability to lead in this area depends on it.”

IBM Letter of Support on Cyber Information Sharing Tax Credit legislation S.2717

28 July 2014 — IBM released a letter of support for the “Cyber Information Sharing Tax Credit Act”.

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IBM Statement in Support of Bipartisan EXPIRE Act

19 May 2014 — IBM released a statement in support of EXPIRE Act of 2014.

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Labor Law Discussions at the Bundestag

Berlin, 6 May 2014 — David Barnes and Silke Steltmann from IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs met with German officials in Berlin to discuss trends in contemporary employment and labor law.

David Barnes and Silke Steltmann from IBM Governmental Programs met with German officials in Berlin to discuss trends in contemporary employment and labor law. The Coalition Government has plans for new restrictions on the use of temporary agency workers and contractors that would reduce business competitiveness in Germany. Labor reforms adopted by the Schroeder Government created the foundations for Germany’s competitiveness today, and the proposed changes would roll back some of these reforms.

IBM Statement on NIST Cybersecurity Framework

12 February 2014 — IBM released a statement in support of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

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IBM Statement in Support of Bipartisan PROTECT Act

10 February 2014 — IBM today released the following statement of support for the Preventing Regulatory Overreach to Enhance Care Technology (PROTECT Act of 2014).

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IBM Statement on The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014

9 January 2014 — IBM today released the following statement on The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014.

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2013 statements

IBM Statement on the Digital Trade Act of 2013

11 December 2013 — IBM released the following statement in support of the Digital Trade Act of 2013.

“IBM applauds Senators Thune and Wyden for their introduction of the Digital Trade Act of 2013. The Internet, cross-border information flows and digital trade are critically important to promoting growth in all sectors of the U.S. and global economies. IBM looks forward to working with Senators Thune and Wyden to pass legislation to establish the strongest possible negotiating principles to guide U.S. efforts to create “21st Century” trade agreements.”

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, IBM Governmental Programs

IBM Statement on House Passage of the Innovation Act

5 December 2013 — IBM released the following statement welcoming passage of the Innovation Act.

“IBM strongly supports the Innovation Act and welcomes its passage today by the House of Representatives. This important bipartisan legislation will help to curb abusive patent litigation practices while also making important improvements in the patent system to protect innovation and strengthen American competitiveness.” “IBM thanks Chairman Goodlatte for his leadership and salutes the common-sense, bipartisan approach the House has taken to this vital issue. We look forward to working with the Senate on a similarly balanced and measured approach to patent reform.”

IBM Statement on the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013

19 November 2013 — IBM released the following statement in support of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013.

“IBM strongly supports the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013. This important legislation would curb abusive practices in our patent litigation system while also protecting innovations that keep the United States competitive and spur economic growth.” “IBM thanks Senator Leahy for his leadership in taking a balanced and measured approach to patent reform. We look forward to working with him and other Members of Congress to enact legislation that curbs abuses in patent litigation while preserving the strong protections that make the U.S. patent system the envy of the world.”

—Tim Sheehy, Vice President of Technology Policy, IBM Governmental Programs

IBM Letter of Support for the Innovation Act

18 November 2013 — IBM released the following letter of support for the Innovation Act, important bipartisan legislation that takes a serious step forward to curb abusive practices in the patent litigation system while also protecting innovations that keep the United States competitive and spur economic growth.

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IBM Statement on the SOFTWARE Act of 2013

22 October 2013 — IBM today released the following statement of support for the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

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The Prime Minister of Romania visits IBM’s Governmental Programs in Washington D.C.

21 October 2013 — Romanian Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta visited IBM’s Governmental Programs headquarters in Washington, D.C. During his meeting with IBM Vice President Global Workforce Policy David Barnes, Prime Minister Ponta discussed Workforce and Data Protection policies, as well as IBM’s commitment to skills development in Romania.

IBM Letter of Support on Senate Cybersecurity Legislation

1 August 2013 — "IBM letter of support for S.1353, the Cybersecurity Act of 2013 that passed Senate Commerce Committee on July 30, 2013."

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IBM Statement on the U.S. Senate Passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

27 June 2013 — IBM released the following statement on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

IBM applauds the U.S. Senate's passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, which further strengthens our economic competitiveness and includes significant provisions that help high-skilled workers. We believe this represents an important milestone in the process to create an immigration system for the 21st Century economy. We are grateful to all those in the Senate who supported this bi-partisan legislation and now look forward to working with the House to advance much-needed reform of the immigration system.

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, IBM Governmental Programs

IBM Statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

22 May 2013 — IBM released the following statement on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

“IBM welcomes the Senate Judiciary Committee's passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, which includes important amendments that address high-skilled workers. We are pleased with the bipartisan support for the package, and we particularly wish to thank Senators Schumer, Hatch and Durbin for defining a common-sense high-skilled framework that enabled final passage of the bill out of Committee. We look forward to supporting the bill on the floor and hope for bipartisan passage of this important legislation.”

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, IBM Governmental Programs

IBM Statement on House Passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

18 April 2013 — “IBM congratulates Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger for their work on the bipartisan Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that would help to ensure our country keeps its critical systems secure. This legislation would greatly improve the government and private sector's ability to mitigate cyber threats by supporting real-time information sharing, providing clear authority to defend networks, and enabling appropriate privacy protections. IBM encourages the Senate to pass a strong, bipartisan information sharing bill and looks forward to working with Congress on final legislation.”

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM

IBM Statement on Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act

17 April 2013 — “IBM welcomes the comprehensive immigration reform package and thanks the U.S. Senate's Gang of Eight for their bipartisan work on this critical issue. This legislation represents an historic opportunity to create real change. For IBM, immigration reform that allows employers to bridge the skills gap through greater access to high-skilled workers will play a pivotal role in how U.S. companies like ours can best serve clients while driving economic competitiveness and innovation. IBM looks forward to working with the sponsors as the bill advances through the legislative process.”

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM

IBM Statement on Reintroduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

13February 13, 2013 — IBM today released the following quote applauding Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger on the reintroduction of CISPA legislation:

“The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act would greatly improve the government and private sector’s ability to mitigate cyber threats by enabling better information sharing. IBM thanks Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger for their work on this critical, bipartisan legislation that will help promote security and reliability while safeguarding consumers’ rights and information.”

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM

IBM Statement on Introduction of Immigration Innovation Act of 2013

29 January 2013 — IBM today released the following statement applauding the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate:

“IBM strongly supports the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 and thanks Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio and Coons for their bipartisan legislation. The forward-looking I2 Act's provisions add much-needed employment-based visas and green cards for high-skilled workers, while creating an important funding stream to advance STEM skill development throughout the United States. These elements are critical for companies like ours so that we can support our clients and drive economic growth. We look forward to working with Congress to advance this important bill.”

—Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM

IBM Statement on U.S. Decision to Join Global Services Trade Talks in Geneva

IBM released the following statement on the USTR’s notification of intent to negotiate a new international trade agreement on services:

“IBM enthusiastically welcomes the U.S. decision to join global services trade talks in Geneva. Global markets present tremendous growth opportunities for IBM, and services are the largest component of IBM’s business. The United States stands to gain significantly from a new trade agreement that eliminates services trade barriers around the world. IBM looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration on this opportunity to continue driving innovation and economic competitiveness." - Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM


2012 statements

IBM President and Chief Executive Officer, Ginni Rometty met with Malaysia’s Prime Minister

Kuala Lumpur, 29 August 2012 — IBM President and Chief Executive Officer, Ginni Rometty, met with Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak at Putrajaya during a visit to Kuala Lumpur. Prime Minister Najib and Rometty discussed Malaysia’s plans to transform to a high-income nation by 2020 and the role of the innovative technologies in the process. Rometty reconfirmed IBM’s commitment to work with the Malaysian Government and local businesses to foster innovation and help develop skills required to drive growth in the country.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet Visits IBM Boulder

13 August 2012 — U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, visited IBM Boulder to tour its Command Center where IBM manages and integrates a wide range of customer computing needs, its Green Data Center, and a new hardware training center. IBM Boulder's Senior Location Executive, Pete Lorenzen, and IBM employees joined Senator Bennet on the tour.

IBM Letter to the U.S. Senate regarding S.3414, The Cybersecurity Act of 2012

As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider cybersecurity legislation, IBM writes to express its opposition to S.3414 as currently drafted.

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IBM Center for the Business of Government Testifies on Cloud Computing

25 July 2012 — Discussing how government can best promote the efficient, secure and cost-effective use of Cloud computing, Daniel Chenok, Executive Director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.

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IBM Testifies on STEM Education and the Transition to Teaching Program

24 July 2012 — Testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Education & the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on July 24, 2012, IBM discussed how the company's Transition to Teaching program is helping address the critical need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Maura Banta, IBM’s Director of Citizenship Initiatives in Education, shared the company's experiences in helping students develop the STEM skills needed for the future.

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IBM executive management meets with the Mayor of Shanghai

Shanghai, 13 July 2012 — IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano and IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty meet with the Mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng, during a June 13, 2012 visit to the city. IBM’s Growth Market Unit, which is responsible for IBM operations in more than 100 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Central Europe, is headquartered in Shanghai. During the meeting with Mayor Han, Palmisano and Rometty discussed issues including tax and foreign exchange matters, the investment climate in Shanghai, and IBM’s global innovation model.

The Mayor of Shanghai visits IBM’s Growth Market Unit (GMU) in the city

Shanghai, 19 April 2012 — The Mayor of Shanghai, H.E Han Zhang visited IBM’s Growth Markets headquarters in Shanghai to review operations, explore partnership opportunities and discuss policy issues of mutual interest. Mayor Han was accompanied by Pudong Party Secretary Xu Lin and hosted by IBM executives HoonMeng Ong, Vice President General Business GMU, Scott Chang, General Manager, East/Central China, Jeffrey Rhoda, General Manager Global Government and Education and Stephen Braim, Vice President, Government Programs GMU.

IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano visits the China Development Forum in Beijing

Beijing, 19 March 2012 — IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during the China Development Forum, held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing in mid-March, 2012.

IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs organizes a high-level discussion in the Czech Republic

19 March 2012 — IBM Governmental Programs organized a high level conference on Czech Competitiveness and Economic Interests in the EU in Prague on March 19. Attending were the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, the Vice President of the European Parliament, the Czech Minister of Trade, and the Deputy Ministers of Regional Development, Education, Transport, Finance, Trade and several other Czech officials, along with 130 participants. The Czech business community was represented by the President of the Czech Union of Business and by IBM GP Executive Milena Jaburkova.

IBM top executive Ginni Rometty meets with President Obama

Washington, March 2012 — IBM President and Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty, joined by Chairman Sam Palmisano and other technology industry leaders, met with US President Barack Obama at the White House in early March, 2012. Rometty discussed issues including corporate tax reform, cybersecurity policy, trade, and the global economic situation with President Obama and his senior economic team. As CEO, Rometty represents IBM on the Technology CEO Council and the Business Roundtable, two leading business groups in the United States.

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty meets with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang

Beijing, 22 February 2012 — IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty met with the Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang in Beijing. Mr. Zhang briefed the new CEO about the current economic and social developments in China and hailed the existing cooperation between IBM and its Chinese partners, calling on the two sides to further such cooperation.

Ms. Rometty discussed with Vice Premier Zhang the importance of open, collaborative global innovation in the IT sector as a key differentiator for success. She reviewed IBM's plans for deepening relationships with key clients in China and for mutually beneficial cooperation.

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Features

IBM Brings the Brain Chip to Capitol Hill

IBM, together with the U.S. House of Representatives Science and National Labs Caucus, today hosted a briefing on ground-breaking advancements in supercomputing technology inspired by the human brain.

Innovation that matters to Europeans

We at IBM look forward to working with the leadership of the European Parliament, the European Commission and with Member States to contribute to a policy environment that drives Europe’s success.

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IBM Congressional Fly-in

In April IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs held its annual Congressional Fly-In on Capitol Hill. IBM leaders from across the United States shared with Congress how innovation can build a stronger economy and discussed key public policy issues.

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