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IBM Governmental Programs

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IBM Governmental Programs 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.

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IBM Congressional Fly-in

IBM Governmental Programs held its annual Congressional Fly-In on Capitol Hill from April 7-8, 2014. More than 100 IBM leaders from across the United States shared with Congress how innovation can build a stronger economy and discussed key public policy issues. For more information, follow us on Twitter, @IBMpolicy.

IBM Statement in Support of Bipartisan EXPIRE Act

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

Download the statement (PDF, 130KB) or read more.


Labor Law Discussions at the Bundestag

Berlin, 6 May 2014 - David Barnes and Silke Steltmann from IBM Governmental Programs met with German officials in Berlin to discuss trends in contemporary employment and labor law.


IBM Statement on NIST Cybersecurity Framework

PadillaFebruary 12, 2014 — IBM released a statement in support of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. To read more click here (PDF, 140KB) or visit here.

IBM Statement in Support of Bipartisan PROTECT Act

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

Please click here (PDF, 166KB) to download statement or read more.

IBM Statement on The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014

Padilla January 9, 2014 - IBM today released the following statement on The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014  

Please click here (PDF, 162KB) to download statement or read more.

IBM Statement on the Digital Trade Act of 2013

Padilla December 11, 2013 - IBM released the following statement in support of the Digital Trade Act of 2013  



IBM Statement on House Passage of The Innovation Act

Padilla December 5, 2013 - IBM released the following statement welcoming passage of the Innovation Act  



IBM Statement on The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013

Padilla November 19, 2013 - IBM released the following statement in support of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013  



IBM Letter of Support for The Innovation Act

Padilla November 18, 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.

Please click here (PDF, 478KB) to read the letter.

IBM Statement on the SOFTWARE Act of 2013

Padilla October 22, 2013

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


Please click here (PDF, 14KB) to download statement.

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

October 21, 2013

Romanian Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta visited IBM's Governmental Programs headquarters in Washington, D.C.

IBM Letter of Support on Senate Cybersecurity Legislation

PadillaAugust 1, 2013

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

Please click here (PDF, 60KB) to read the letter.

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

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




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

Padilla May 22, 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

Padilla April 18, 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

Padilla April 17, 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

Padilla February 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

Padilla January 29, 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

Padilla 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

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

August 29, 2012 Kuala Lumpur. 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.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet Visits IBM Boulder

On August 13, 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 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.

Please click here (PDF, 121KB) to read the letter.

IBM Center for the Business of Government Testifies on Cloud Computing

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 on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

To read Mr. Chenok's testimony please click here (PDF, 119KB).

IBM Testifies on STEM Education and the Transition to Teaching Program

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.

To read the full testimony please click here (PDF, 76KB).

IBM executive management meets with the Mayor of Shanghai

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.


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

April 19, 2012 Shanghai. 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.

IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano visits the China Development Forum in Beijing

March 19, 2012 Beijing. 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 Governmental Programs organizes a high-level discussion in the Czech Republic

IBM Governmental Programs organized a high level conference on Czech Competitiveness and Economic Interests in the EU in Prague on March 19.


IBM top executive Ginni Rometty meets with President Obama

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.

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

On February 22, 2012, IBM President and CEO Ginni Rametty 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.

IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano leads multi-strand influencer program

Last week, Sam Palmisano visited Europe on a three day programme in Amsterdam/The Hague and Brussels to engage with Dutch Ministers, top clients, EU commissioners and senior officials — and the new Prime Minister of Belgium.

Chinese Delegation Visits IBM

On Friday, July 22, IBM hosted a high-level delegation from Jiangsu Province in China at 590 Madison Avenue. The delegation was in the U.S. for several important business meetings during the Jiangsu China-US Business and Trade Summit. Led by Jiangsu Party Secretary Luo Zhijun, the 30-strong delegation came to IBM to learn more about our Smarter Planet solutions and how we can help one of China's fastest growing provinces to successfully manage societal change.

IBM Italy hosts Centennial celebration

On June 23, IBM Italy celebrated its Centennial in Rome at the Modern Art Museum Maxxi. GP Italy helped arrange the event. Attending the celebration, among other Italian government leaders, were Vice Premier Gianni Letta, Minister for Innovation Renato Brunetta, opposition party leader for Public Adminsitration Hon Lanzitllotta, Aurelio Regina, Lazio Region President of Confindustria, the Special Advisor in the Ministry for Innovation, and the Vice Mayor of Rome. Some 50 key IBM cilents also attended the event.

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