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Worldwide public policy and government relations expertise

Chris PadillaIBM 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

 

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Data, Privacy and the Future of Economic Growth in India

Harriet Green11 September 2018 — India, as with many other countries around the world, is engaged in a national debate about how to strike an appropriate balance between using data to drive the innovation economy and the imperative to protect the privacy of the country’s citizens.

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IBM Statement on Equal Marriage in Northern Ireland

IBM11 September 2018 —IBM today joins business leaders and employers to show our support for equal marriage in Northern Ireland. Click here to read the full letter of support from the Businesses for Love Equality coalition. IBM’s statement is below:

As an organization that opposes discrimination in all its forms and has long fought for equal treatment for all, IBM believes that our employees in Northern Ireland should have access to the same rights, entitlements, responsibilities and freedoms enjoyed elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

Today, we openly express our support for the extension of civil marriage in Northern Ireland.

 

IBM Welcomes House Passage of the National Quantum Initiative Act

IBM13 September 2018, Washington D.C. — IBM today issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 6227 – the National Quantum Initiative Act – by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Today, America’s approach to quantum science is fragmented, but the National Quantum Initiative Act will change that – centralizing investment and launching a unified strategy to secure US leadership in this transformative technology. We applaud Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) for their leadership on this bill, and for recognizing that quantum computing can unlock an entirely new era of scientific discovery and economic opportunity. IBM strongly supports this bill, is delighted to see it pass the House and will be urging Senate leadership to bring it up for a vote as quickly as possible.”

— Timothy J. Sheehy, Vice President, Technology Policy, IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs

 

IBM Applauds Passage of Legislation to Modernize Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Jennifer Crozier25 July 2018, Washington, D.C. — IBM today released this statement following passage by the House and Senate of legislation to bring American career and technical education programs into the 21st century:

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IBM Statement on Israeli Surrogacy Law

IBM19 July 2018, Washington, DC — IBM issued the following statement today in response to Israel’s new surrogacy law:

IBM opposes discrimination in all its forms and has long fought for equal treatment for all. No one should be denied one of the most basic human rights – the right to start a family – for beingwho they are. We support IBMerswhowish to stand in solidaritywith the LGBT community in advocating for legislation that is inclusive of ALL.

IBM Applauds Senate HELP Committee Passage of Perkins Act Modernization Bill

David Barnes26 June 2018, Washington, D.C. — IBM today released this statement following a vote by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to advance bipartisan legislation thatwould update and modernize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

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IBM Statement on US Immigration Policy

IBM20 June 2018, Washington, D.C. — IBM today called for legislative action on immigration and an immediate end to the inhumane policy of separating children from their families.

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IBM’s Response to EU Agreement on Legislation Regarding the Free Flow of Data

Liam Benham20 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium — We understand the European Parliament, European Commission and EU Member States have reached an agreement on legislation thatwill enable the free flow of data across the European Union. Free flow of data is vital for European innovation, for the growth of businesses of all sizes and for achieving a Digital Single Market.

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An American Approach to Data Privacy

Chris Padilla14 May 2018, Washington, D.C. — In less than twoweeks, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)will go into effect in the European Union—solidifying the most expansive overhaul of privacy regulations in a generation. In addition to the risk of major data breaches, cybercrime and mismanagement of personal data, privacy is now front of mind for governments across the globe.

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IBM’s Unwavering Commitment to Protecting Client Data

IBM9 April 2018, Washington, D.C. — IBM takes seriously our obligation to preserve the trust of our clients. The Cloud Act in noway alters our stance on government access to client data.

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IBM Statement on Senate Action to Combat Online Sex Trafficking

IBM21 March 2018, Washington, DC — IBM released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of SESTA/FOSTA legislation to combat online sex trafficking:“Today thosewho knowingly help sex traffickers use the internet to commit despicable crimes are closer than ever before to being held accountable. Victims have been given new hope that justicewill be served.“IBM commends Senators Portman and Blumenthal for their steadfast leadership on this crucial issue, and looks forward to seeing SESTA/FOSTA signed quickly into law.”To learn more, read the letter to Senate leadership on this topic from top U.S. companies here

 

Letter from Business Leaders to McConnell, Schumer Urging Passage of Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation

IBM13 March 2018, Washington, D.C. — Leaders from top U.S. companies, including IBM Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, 21st Century Fox, Oracle Corporation, Walt Disney Corporation and The Home Depot, today sent the following letter to Senate leadership urging passage of anti-sex trafficking legislation:

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IBM Statement on House Action to Combat Online Sex Trafficking

IBM27 February 2018, Washington, DC — IBM released the following statement on House passage of FOSTA legislation,which included Representative Mimi Walters’ amendmentwith key provisions of SESTA to combat online sex trafficking:

“IBM applauds the House for passing critical protections to prevent online sex trafficking. This powerful legislationwill enable policymakers, prosecutors and victims to combat despicable crimes taking place on the Internet and ensure those facilitating online sex traffickingwill be held accountable. We encourage the Senate to pass SESTA swiftly and send a bill to the President’s desk.”

– Christopher A. Padilla, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM

 

IBM, Oracle and HPE Urge House Leadership to Pass Critical Provisions to Online Sex Trafficking Bill

IBM27 January 2018, Washington, D.C —IBM, Oracle and HPE urge House leadership to pass the Walters Amendment,which contains key provisions of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA),when considering legislation today to combat online sex trafficking.

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IBM Statement on Filing an Amicus Curiae Brief in the United States Supreme Court

Michelle_Rowdy"20 January 2018, Armonk, NY — IBM issued the following statement on filing an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court:

“Changes in technology move faster than changes in the law, andwhen the law addresses new technology it must consider not only the immediate facts of the case at bar, but also the potential implications that a legal decision may have more broadly.”

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IBM Letter to House Judiciary Committee on Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill

Chris_padilla12 December 2017, Washington, D.C — IBM today urged leadership of the House Judiciary Committee to align its anti-sex trafficking legislationwith a parallel Senate bill.

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2017 statements

IBM Statement on the European Parliament’s “EU Digital Trade Strategy” Report

IBM23 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium — “Today’s ‘EU Digital Trade Strategy’ report adopted by the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee is a clear sign of the strengthening political will to have an ambitious Digital Trade chapter in EU Trade Strategy.”

“The European Parliament now joins the majority of EU Member States in supporting data flow provisions in trade agreements. We commend the International Trade Committee and the report’s rapporteur, Marietje Schaake, on their call for the European Commission to finally develop a position. Given that Free Trade Agreements without data flow provisions risk damaging the global competitiveness of European business, we hope the European Commission will respond positively to these clear positions from the Council and Parliament.”

– Liam Benham, Vice President for European Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM

IBM Position US Government Industry Days

IBM16 November 2017, Washington, DC — Here is IBM’s position as provided to Reuters on US Government “Industry Days”:

“IBM has a large federal contracting business, and routinely attends “industry day” listening sessions where government agencies brief multiple vendors on initiatives or projects they may be considering. These informational sessions are the very earliest stage of the federal procurement process and, in some cases, the concept being discussed does not mature into an actual bid opportunity. With no bid details yet released, it is premature to speculate whether IBM would even pursue an opportunity or concept.

“IBM would not work on any project that runs counter to our company’s values, including our long-standing opposition to discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.”

IBM Statement on Joining Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Case Challenging Revocation of DACA Program

IBM1 November 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM released the following statement on joining an amicus curiae brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in support of several states, local governments and others challenging the revocation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

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Data Responsibility @ IBM

IBM 10 October 2017 — Data is the phenomenon of our time. It is the world’s new natural resource, growing exponentially not only in quantity but more importantly in form. Every action and interaction, every decision and relationship, every event occurring in any of the world’s complex systems, natural and human-made, is now being expressed as data.

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IBM Applauds Bold Proposal to Reform U.S. Tax System

IBM 27 September 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM today welcomed the Trump Administration's bold proposal to reform the U.S. tax system, spur economic growth and drive job creation.

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IBM Statement on Privacy Shield Review

IBM13 September 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM today expressed its support for a positive result in the first annual review of Privacy Shield, a deal vital to both the EU and US economies.

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IBM Applauds Defeat of Texas Bathroom Bill Legislation

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre16 August 2017 Austin, Texas — IBM today commended the Texas legislature for adjourning its Special Session without having passed discriminatory bathroom bills.

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IBM’s Message to Employees on Texas Bathroom Bills

Diane Gherson17 July 2017 Austin, Texas — IBM SVP of HR Diane Gherson today outlined IBM's opposition to proposed bathroom bills in Texas, citing negative impacts on communities and the workforce.

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IBM’s Open Letter to Congress on Artificial Intelligence

David Kenny27 June 2017 — IBM SVP David Kenny today sent a letter to Congress outlining policy priorities to help harness the potential of artificial intelligence.

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IBM Congratulates House on Passage of Perkins Act to Modernize Career and Technical Education

IBM22 June 2017, Washington, D.C. – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today issued this statement on the House passage of the bipartisan H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act: “IBM applauds today’s House passage of H.R. 2353.

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IBM Applauds Executive Order Expanding U.S. Apprenticeship Programs

IBM15 June 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM today issued the following on a Trump Administration Executive Order designed to expand apprenticeship programs:

“Apprenticeships are a proven and effective way to prepare more students for successful careers, including New Collar roles where a Bachelor’s degree is not always required. IBM welcomes the Trump Administration’s focus on helping more students and workers build the in-demand skills these roles require, and to closing the skills gap that impacts American businesses of all sizes across all industries.”

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IBM Statement on United States Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

IBM1 June 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM today issued the following on the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement:

“IBM has stated its position on climate change publicly since 2007: Climate change is a serious concern that warrants meaningful action on a global basis to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gas emissions.”

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IBM’s Ginni Rometty Joins Texas Business Leaders in Opposing Discriminatory Legislation

IBM LGBT27 May 2017 — IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty this weekend joined CEOs from other major U.S. technology companies in penning an open letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott opposing anti-LGBT legislation in the state.

“We are writing to express our steadfast opposition to the introduction and passage of any discriminatory legislation in Texas,” the letter reads. “Such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business.”

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IBM Statement on Potential Discriminatory Legislation in Texas

IBM LGBT26 May 2017, Austin, Texas — IBM today issued the following statement:

“IBM has a longstanding commitment against discrimination in any form and believes that an inclusive and welcoming environment is the best way to attract talented individuals to our company.

As a major employer in the state, we urge the Texas legislature and Governor Abbott not to pass or enact laws that will allow for the discrimination of any person based on who they are. These laws do not reflect IBM’s values of diversity, acceptance and inclusion that we have upheld for decades, and they have no place in the 21st Century.”

IBM Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Modernize Federal Government Technology

IBM18 May 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM today issued this statement on the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of legislation to bring federal government IT systems into the 21st century:

“IBM has proudly contributed to some of the U.S. government’s most impressive leaps forward in technology – from managing data at the dawn of Social Security to putting Americans on the moon. We commend Representative Will Hurd’s push to revolutionize federal technology yet again for the era of cloud and artificial intelligence. His Modernizing Government Technology Act accelerates the transformation of government agencies’ IT infrastructure, reduces costs, promotes shared agency services, and will ultimately provide more effective services for the American people.

The Senate should move swiftly to pass this bill, and IBM will continue lending its full support to make that happen.”

IBM Statement on U.S. Cybersecurity Executive Order

Chris Padilla11 May 2017, Washington D.C.— IBM today issued the following statement in response to a U.S. executive order on cybersecurity:
“IBM welcomes the administration’s focus on cybersecurity as a national priority.”

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IBM Welcomes Introduction of the Perkins CTE Act Reauthorization

IBM4 May 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM today released the following statement welcoming introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would modernize career-oriented skills education:

“IBM is pleased that today, with bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This is a vital step towards better preparing American students with the skills needed to succeed in New Collar careers across our nation’s fastest growing industries.”

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IBM Welcomes Administration Proposal to Reform the U.S. Tax System

Chris Padilla26 April 2017, Washington D.C. — IBM today issued the following statement:

“We welcome the President’s tax reform proposal. It contains many features of a competitive corporate tax system that IBM has advocated for years, including a more competitive U.S. corporate tax rate to level the playing field for American companies, and a move to a permanent territorial system that would allow more overseas profits to be invested in America.

We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to enact meaningful tax reform that will promote investment, create the jobs needed for future growth, and make America more competitive.”

—Christopher A. Padilla, Vice President, IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs

IBM Welcomes Texas Senate Passage of P-TECH Legislation

Kevin Nowka28 March 2017, Austin, Texas — IBM today issued the following statement:

“IBM is pleased by the Texas State Senate’s unanimous, bipartisan passage of this important legislation that will bring innovative six year high schools to Texas. P-TECH schools, designed by IBM, will equip Texas youth with the education and skills to succeed in higher learning and new collar careers – skilled positions in some of tech industry’s fastest growing fields. We’re excited that this groundbreaking education model has spread nationally. Given IBM’s strong ties in Texas, we are committed to help launch P-TECH across the state. We urge the House to pass this critical legislation.”

—Kevin Nowka, IBM Senior State Executive, Texas

The European Commission’s review must bring the Digital Single Market strategy back on track

Jean-Marc Leclerc15 March 2017 — As the European Commission reviews the Digital Single Market strategy, IBM's Jean-Marc Leclerc weighs in on implications for the Internet of Things.

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IBM Among the First Companies to Sign EU Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers

Christina Cabella13 March 2017 — I am pleased to announce that IBM today signed up to the EU Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers with our IBM SoftLayer and IBM Bluemix Infrastructure services.

We are one of the first companies to do so. Signing up our services to the EU Code declares that they go far beyond legal compliance in terms of privacy and security.

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Privacy Shield: a Good Deal for Transatlantic Digital Trade

Chris Padilla8 March 2017 — As U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross and E.U. Vice President Ansip meet this week, IBM is emphasizing the important role of Privacy Shield in digital trade.

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Values and Responsibilities for the Future of the Internet of Things

Erich Clementi2 March 2017 — IBM Europe Chairman Erich Clementi makes some recommendations to the European Commission about how good public policy can grow and drive the future of IoT.

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Data Protection in the Cloud – a new EU trust mark for Cloud is launched

Jonathan Sage15 February 2017 — A new Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers in Europe has been launched.

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Policy Considerations for the Honorable Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services

IBM10 February 2017 — IBM offers suggestions of ways that the incoming Secretary of Health and Human Services can take early action in three key areas to improve the American healthcare system.

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IBM statement regarding US Executive Order from January 27, 2017

IBM30 January 2017, Washington D.C. — IBM has long believed in diversity, inclusion and tolerance. As we shared with all IBMers this weekend, we have always sought to enable the balance between the responsible flow of people, ideas, commerce and information with the needs of security, everywhere in the world. As IBMers, we have learned, through era after era, that the path forward – for innovation, for prosperity, and for civil society – is the path of engagement and openness to the world. Our company will continue to work and advocate for this.

IBM Welcomes Bipartisan Bill to Update Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

Christina Peters9 January 2017, Washington, D.C. — IBM Welcomes Bipartisan Bill to Update Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

IBM today welcomed introduction of the Email Privacy Act, which would modernize digital privacy protections for the era of cognitive and cloud computing.

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2016 statements

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s Letter to the U.S. President-Elect

Ginni Rometty15 November 2016, Washington D.C. — IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty this week sent a letter to the president-elect of the United States.

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IBM Letter of Support for the 21st Century Cures Act

IBM29 November 2016, Washington, D.C. — IBM today released the letter of support for the 21st Century Cures Act.

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IBM Praises White House Report on the Future and Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

12 October 2016, Washington, D.C. — IBM, a pioneer in the advancement of artificial intelligence, today welcomed the release of a White House report on the future and promise of this exciting technology.

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IBM Commends House Passage of 21st Century Education Bill

13 September 2016 — IBM today released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:

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IBM Signs the White House Equal Pay Pledge

26 August 2016 — IBM today released the following statement in conjunction with the announcement that it has joined other leading American businesses as a signatory of the White House Equal Pay Pledge:
“In 1935, IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr. said ‘Men and women will do the same kind of work for equal pay. They will have the same treatment, the same responsibilities and the same opportunities for advancement.’”

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IBM Joins White House Call-to-Action on the Global Refugee Crisis

>30 June 2016 — Today, IBM announced its participation as a founding partner in the White House call-to-action for private sector engagement on the global refugee crisis. There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began collecting statistics.

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IBM Welcomes House Bill to Better Prepare U.S. Students for Career Success

28 June 2016 — IBM today released the following statement welcoming bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that would better align U.S. education with in-demand career skills:
“This legislation reminds all of us that preparing America’s students with the skills to succeed in promising, high-wage careers is a priority that transcends partisan politics. There is no issue more connected to U.S. competitiveness than equipping our nation's youth with the academic and workplace skills needed for 21st century jobs. By updating and reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Congress has an opportunity to ensure our students achieve strong academic and career preparation in the nation’s fastest growing industries.”

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IBM Statement on United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership

26 June 2016 — IBM today issued the following statement:
IBM has proudly been a part of the British economy and society for over a century, with a substantial presence. In times of uncertainty, IBM’s core values, including the unwavering dedication to the success of all our clients, matter more than ever as a guide for our actions

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IBM Welcomes Enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act

11 May 2016 — IBM today released this statement following President Obama’s signing of the Defend Trade Secrets Act: “With the Defend Trade Secrets Act, Congress and the Administration have given U.S. businesses a powerful tool to protect their most sensitive innovations in a world where the threat of theft has never been more real.

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IBM Statement on Missouri Senate SJR 39

8 April 2016 — IBM urges the Missouri House of Representatives not to approve the passage of SJR 39 following its approval by the Senate because this proposed constitutional change will permit discrimination against people based on their marriage status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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IBM Position on Mississippi H.B. 1523

5 April 2016 — IBM is disappointed that Governor Bryant has signed H.B. 1523 into law. This legislation will permit discrimination against people based on marriage status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. Laws of this kind do not reflect IBM's values, and are bad for our employees and our business.

IBM will continue to follow its global non-discrimination policies in the workplace, and believes that an inclusive and welcoming environment is the best way to attract talented individuals to our company.

IBM Statement on Mississippi H.B. 1523

1 April 2016 — IBM is opposed to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age. We are therefore disappointed by the Mississippi legislature’s passage of H.B. 1523, because we believe this legislation will permit discrimination against people based on their marriage status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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IBM today issued the following statement on the passage of #HB2 in North Carolina

24 March 2016 — “IBM is opposed to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. Our company has had an explicit policy of non-discrimination based on gender identity or expression since 2002.”

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IBM Applauds Digital Security Commission Act

29 February 2016 — IBM today issued the following statement welcoming legislation to create a national commission on digital security:
“We commend Chairman McCaul and Senator Warner for taking this important step towards convening an open, transparent and inclusive national dialogue on striking the proper balance between privacy and security in the digital age.

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IBM Applauds Enactment of the Judicial Redress Act

25 February 2016 — IBM today welcomed enactment of the Judicial Redress Act with the following statement:
“The global data boom is transforming not only how people and businesses interact with each other, but how they participate in the global economy. Protecting individual privacy must be a front line priority as that transformation unfolds, and enactment of the Judicial Redress Act sets an important precedent — that people should not have to adjust their expectation of privacy based on which passport they carry.

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IBM Welcomes U.S. “Moonshot” Initiative to Wipe Out Cancer

13 January 2016 — IBM emphasizes how cognitive computing can help medical experts unlock new discoveries to make cancer a thing of the past.

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2015 statements

IBM Applauds Enactment of Landmark Cybersecurity Law

18 December, 2015 — IBM today welcomed a landmark cybersecurity law that will pool the best of public and private sector expertise and insights to strengthen America's digital defenses.

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IBM Reaction to New York Times Reporting on Sloppy Study of its China Initiatives

30 October, 2015 — IBM today responded to reporting of a misleading, sloppy and deeply-flawed study of its initiatives in China.

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IBM: Senate Cybersecurity Legislation a Win for Security & Privacy

27 October, 2015 — IBM today welcomed the Senate’s passage of legislation to strengthen America’s digital defenses, and urged leaders in Congress to send a final cybersecurity bill for the President’s signature.

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IBM Welcomes House Passage of the Judicial Redress Act

20 October, 2015 — IBM today welcomed passage of the Judicial Redress Act by the U.S. House of Representatives as a big step towards modernizing privacy protections for the age of data.

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IBM Statement on Limited Technology Demonstrations

16 October, 2015 — IBM today issued the following statement on limited technology demonstrations that comply fully with U.S. export control policy.

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IBM Welcomes European Union’s “Trade for All” Strategy

14 October, 2015 — IBM today applauded introduction of the European Union’s “Trade for All” strategy, noting in particular its strong focus on enabling growth in the digital sector through strong provisions around the cross-border movement of data.

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IBM Reaction to Safe Harbor Ruling by European Court of Justice

06 October, 2015 — Following a ruling today by the European Court of Justice, IBM urged U.S. and E.U. leaders to act quickly to ensure data flows vital to trans-Atlantic commerce continue uninterrupted.

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IBM Statement on Close of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

05 October, 2015 — IBM today applauded the closure of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which includes landmark provisions intended to foster data-driven growth and innovation.

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IBM Letter of Support for Senate Cybersecurity Legislation

21 July 2015 — IBM today sent a letter to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to bring forward legislation that would strengthen America's cyber defenses.

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IBM Letter of Support for the Senate’s Judicial Redress Act

24 June 2015 — IBM today sent a letter commending Senators Orrin Hatch and Christopher Murphy for the leadership in advancing legislation that would give non-U.S. citizens greater insight into how their lawfully-collected data is being used and to address errors as they arise.

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IBM Applauds Final Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

24 June 2015 — IBM today marked final Congressional passage of trade promotion authority as a watershed moment in the history of U.S. trade policy, one that will position high-tech American businesses to expand into new markets and seize opportunities for growth in the worldwide digital economy.

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IBM Statement on House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

18 June 2015 — IBM applauded the House's passage today of trade promotion authority legislation, which establishes new protections for the worldwide digital economy and paves the way for new data-driven innovations.

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IBM Statement Urging Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

18 June 2015 — IBM today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to come together and pass trade promotion authority legislation that would empower U.S. negotiators to finalize trade agreements that will safeguard the digital economy, and create new opportunities for high-tech U.S. businesses.

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IBM Statement of Opposition to Extension of Covered Business Method Patent Program

11 June 2015 — IBM today expressed opposition to a proposed amendment of the Innovation Act that would harm the viability of software patents, which make significant contributions to America's economy and competitiveness.

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IBM Outlook on Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy

29 May 2015 — IBM today published a detailed outlook on Europe’s proposal for a Digital Single Market strategy. The paper touches on the strategy’s potential to drive growth and innovation in the continent’s digital economy, as well areas in which it could stifle much-needed investment.

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IBM Statement on Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

22 May 2015 — IBM today welcomed the U.S. Senate’s passage of trade promotion authority legislation, noting that its safeguards for cross-border data flows are vital to the future and growth of the digital economy.

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IBM Applauds Passage of House Supercomputing Innovation Bill

20 May 2015 — IBM today addressed the importance of legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would further America's technology leadership by advancing supercomputing research and development.

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IBM Statement on Trade Promotion Authority

13 May 2015 — IBM today urged the U.S. Senate to quickly pass trade promotion authority legislation, pointing out its importance to American businesses' ability to compete in the digital economy.

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IBM Statement on Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy

6 May 2015 — IBM today welcomed introduction of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy.

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IBM Statement on Introduction of Senate Patent Legislation

29 April 2015 — IBM today voiced its support for legislation introduced in the United States Senate that would curb abuse of America’s patent system while preserving innovation.

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IBM Letter of Support for House Cybersecurity Legislation

21 April 2015 — IBM today sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing support for two bills that would foster more sharing of cyber threat information, a crucial element of the fight against evolving online attacks.

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IBM Applauds Congressional Action on Digital Trade

16 April 2015 — IBM today voiced its support for the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities & Accountability Act, which includes provisions to protect the free worldwide flow of data as well as America’s technology leadership in the 21st century.

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IBM Letter Opposing Louisiana’s Marriage and Conscience Act

15 April 2015 — IBM today sent Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal a letter voicing the company’s strong opposition to a state bill that would legally protect discrimination based on same-sex marriage status.

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IBM Letter Opposing North Carolina’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

7 April 2015 — IBM today sent North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory a letter expressing the company's strong opposition to a state bill that would, if enacted, enable discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or identity.

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IBM Letter of Support for the Judicial Redress Act of 2015

3 April 2015 — IBM today expressed its support for a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that proposes to extend to non-U.S. citizens the right to know how their data is being used, and to correct any errors in the end use of that data.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 February 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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