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  • Blog Post: Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues How can the private sector best help our nation’s veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? On Tuesday, leading experts and veterans gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington...
  • 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: Microsoft, MPAA & TIME to Host Creativity Conference

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Microsoft, along with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and TIME , will host the Creativity Conference on Friday. This conference will convene leaders from the...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Initiative Will Provide Skills Training to American Workers

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs With unemployment at 7.6% in January and thousands of additional layoffs since then, the economy and jobs are the key issues here at the National Governors Association meetings in DC this weekend. During a panel discussion...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Supports Introduction of Historic Immigration Bill in the Senate

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, the U.S. Senate took a significant first step toward reforming our nation’s broken and outdated immigration system with the introduction of comprehensive legislation by the ‘Gang...
  • Blog Post: Important Efforts Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Workforce

    By Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Our servicemen and women possess strong leadership and other intangible skills, but many do not have the formal education, technology training and industry recognized certification employers in the private sector seek. In fact, today...
  • Blog Post: Creating Opportunities for Washington’s Students

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft With Washington students heading back to school, September will see Microsoft build upon the many education-related investments the company has made to date in Washington state, and consider ways...
  • Blog Post: Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers

    Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director U.S. Government Affairs At Microsoft, we believe that equipping students and workers with the education and skills they need to compete in the 21 st century global economy is critical to U.S. economic and national security. Indeed, despite the economic downturn...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft joins Code.org ‘Hour of Code’ initiative

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post over on The Official Microsoft Blog on Monday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced Microsoft has joined Code.org , a nationwide campaign urging schools, teachers...
  • Blog Post: Paving the Path from Education to Employment

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft This is the second in a series of blog posts by Microsoft executives regarding the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Read the first blog post on the Citizenship blog...
  • Blog Post: The Local Economic Benefits of the Global Software Business

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President Creating jobs and speeding economic recovery are top of mind for everyone these days, including those of us in the information technology (IT) industry. A recently released study entitled “ Aid to Recovery: The Economic Impact of IT, Software...
  • Blog Post: Higher Education Task Force Presents Funding Strategy to Gov. Gregoire

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel This morning the Higher Education Funding Task Force presented its recommendations to Gov. Chris Gregoire. The governor created the task force last spring and charged it with developing a long-range funding strategy to provide Washington...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hails Senate Passage of Stimulus Package

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues If you’ve been reading this blog since we launched it last month, you’ve probably figured out that Microsoft is a big proponent of the stimulus package working its way through Capitol Hill. We have had one post highlighting...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring Young Women to Become Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

    Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, U.S. Federal Government Business Despite society’s best efforts, there is a huge disparity in the number of men and women majoring in IT fields and pursuing technology-related careers. In 1982, about half of the students majoring in science, technology...
  • Blog Post: Supporting Economic Stimulus Efforts in the Puget Sound Area

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel Like nearly every part of America, Washington State has been hard-hit by the current economic downturn. Yesterday was a hopeful moment, as Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced 138 transportation and infrastructure projects that will move forward as soon...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Applauds New Bipartisan Immigration and Education Bill

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Microsoft, issued the following statement on today’s introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013: “It’s critical that America address the shortage of workers...
  • Blog Post: Economic Hard Times and the Global Technology Workforce

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft is not sheltered from the unprecedented crisis battering the global economy. In response to challenges we are confronting in markets around the world, we announced last month that we would cut jobs and reduce our overall...
  • Blog Post: Hiring America’s Heroes

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Editor's Note: The following post originally appeared earlier today on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . This particular topic seemed relevant to readers of the Microsoft on the Issues Blog, so we have...
  • Blog Post: A Federal Stimulus for Science and Technology

    Posted by Dan Reed Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategist Microsoft Research My colleague Pamela Passman recently blogged about the importance of the workforce development components of the economic recovery package working its way through the U.S. Congress. As a scientist at Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: How Will Windows 7 Impact the Global Economy?

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President Given the large number of customers Microsoft serves around the world, and the many partners we collaborate with to maximize and deliver the benefits of our software, we have long sought to understand the economic impact of our work and our products...
  • Blog Post: Workforce Development and Economic Stimulus

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Given the constant flow of dreary news battering American workers – including today’s announcement that jobless claims soared to 524,000 in December as the unemployment rate jumped to a 16-year high of 7.2 percent...
  • Blog Post: Business, Government Must Resist the Impulse to Erect Barriers in Tough Times

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel While lots of attention in the U.S. has focused on governmental efforts in Washington to create jobs and economic growth, governments all over the world are grappling with similar challenges. The challenges to the global economy have been top of mind this week...
  • Blog Post: Creating Opportunities for 300 Million Young People in the Next Three Years

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today we are announcing Microsoft YouthSpark , a new company-wide initiative designed to help create new opportunities for 300 million youth in 100 countries over the next three years. ...
  • Blog Post: Strengthening American Competitiveness and Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft The United States faces a growing economic challenge – a substantial and increasing shortage of individuals with the skills needed to fill the new jobs the private sector is creating...