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  • Blog Post: Hiring America’s Heroes: Microsoft testifies on helping veterans transition to civilian careers

    Posted by Bill Kamela Policy Counsel, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On Tuesday, Microsoft will present testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives committee highlighting best practices in hiring and retaining veterans in private sector jobs. Sean Kelley, senior staffing director, Cloud...
  • Blog Post: The Dodd-Frank Act and Corporate Governance

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Earlier this week President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. While the legislation is focused primarily on overhauling the U.S. financial regulatory system, the Act contains eight...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer Statement on Passage of the Colombia, South Korea and Panama Free Trade Agreements

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had the following statement in the wake of Congressional passage of the Colombia, South Korea and Panama Free Trade Agreements: "Microsoft applauds today’s passage of the bilateral U.S.-South Korea, U.S-Panama and U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreements. We see these...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Employers Together to Discuss Immigration Reform

    Posted by Karen Jones Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal, Microsoft Our country’s economic strength relies in significant part on the contributions of the best and the brightest talent from around the world. At Microsoft, we see this every day through the great work of our...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Top Talent for Our Economy

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft This has been an important week for immigration reform efforts in Congress. Reflecting the rising recognition that our country wins when we invite the world's best minds into the American...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lends Its Voice to ‘Fix the Debt’ Movement

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft The national debt is one of the most serious fiscal issues facing the United States today. It threatens to undermine our nation’s economic growth and competitiveness. The challenge is...
  • Blog Post: The Campaign Cloud

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Ravi Singh CEO of ElectionMall.com The 2008 presidential election showed how powerful the Internet has become in modern politics. From raising money to communicating with constituents to organizing staff, cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Using New and Existing Technologies to Advance Environmental Sustainability

    Posted by Steve Lippman Director of Environmental Engagement This Earth Day, I am in Washington, D.C. with colleagues from Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team responding to increasing requests from policymakers, customers, researchers and others seeking insights about how information technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Offers its Support for the Protect IP Act

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 – the PROTECT IP Act. We support...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Patent Quality

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released information on its Proposed Patent Fee Schedule . In announcing the Proposed Fee Schedule, Director David Kappos noted that the key principles...
  • Blog Post: White House CTO Talks Future of Tech in 2012 with Microsoft and Politico

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft and Politico hosted a conversation with White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra on the future of technology at Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The event...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft-hosted Congressional Debate Previews November Election

    Posted by Mike Egan Director of Government Affairs, Microsoft Yesterday, Microsoft Political Action Committee partnered with CityClub of Seattle to host a public debate on our Redmond campus among the candidates running for the 1st Congressional District seat in Washington. Because the district is...
  • Blog Post: Congress Considers Cloud Computing

    Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs Over the last 25 years, technology has enabled data to move from the desk drawer to the desktop, to networks, to the Web and now into the cloud. This rapid growth offers tremendous potential for efficiency, cost savings and innovations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Testifies on U.S. Senate Cybersecurity Legislation

    Posted by Paul Nicholas Senior Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Last week, Scott Charney testified at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs . The hearing was about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is Congress’s first comprehensive legislation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Continues the Consumer Privacy Dialogue on Capitol Hill

    Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Congress’ interest in privacy continued Wednesday at a hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. I appreciated the opportunity to share with the committee Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math ...
  • Blog Post: Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum: Creating a Nimble Framework for Our Economic Future

    Posted by Dan Reed Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft All of us have experienced the “spectrum crunch” when using our wireless devices. Dropped voice calls and slow data transfers are symptoms. The crunch is a consequence of both rising demand and spectrum management...
  • Blog Post: Annual H-1B Cap Reached, Depriving the U.S. Economy of Vital Talent

    Posted by Karen Jones Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal, Microsoft Yesterday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it had reached the statutory cap for H-1B specialty occupation petitions for fiscal year 2013, giving us a stark reminder of the continuing obstacles...
  • Blog Post: 'Fix the Debt' Campaign Visits Microsoft

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues More than 700 employees attended a town hall meeting today with Erskine Bowles, co-founder of The Campaign to Fix the Debt , to discuss the threats posed to our economy by the national debt. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement...
  • Blog Post: Commitment to consumer privacy in Windows Phone 7

    Posted by Andy Lees President, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft Many consumers and policymakers are asking important questions about how today’s phones are collecting and using information about a phone user’s location. The discussion has intensified over the past few weeks when...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Reforming the Electronic Communication Privacy Act

    Posted by Mike Hintze Associate General Counsel Last week, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I testified in Congressional hearings on the need to reform the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA). In our testimony, we explained how the statute has failed to keep up with advances in technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Testifies Before Senate Committee on the Future of Video

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft Media and Entertainment Group Corporate Vice President Blair Westlake testified before the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday regarding the future of video. The hearing was titled “The Emergence of Online Video: Is It the Future...