“Competitiveness, Congress and You!”
Tuesday, May 4, 2011
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation
In the late 1990’s, the U.S. achieved an unprecedented level of innovation and competitiveness with the dot.com boom, growth of the Internet, and high performance computing. Then came the crash in 2001. Now here we are, a decade later. The COMPETES Act, promoting excellence in technology, education, and science, has been reauthorized and signed, the President has delivered the State of the Union address, and numerous articles and editorials have been written exhorting the nation to a “wake-up” call to confront international competitiveness and the challenges of innovation to “win the future.”
Many issues are vying for highest priority in Washington from banking to education to corporate welfare. However, with so many first-termers in Congress, the path forward is not clear. And with the election year approaching, what issues should you be concerned with? What can you do to make a difference in the evolving political and economic scene, to help our scientists and researchers?
Sue Fratkin is a public policy analyst concentrating on technology and telecommunications issues. In 1991, she founded Fratkin Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on these issues from the higher education perspective. The firm monitors and reports regularly on congressional and federal agency activities, as well as analyzes relevant legislation and regulations, and formulates and implements federal and state legislative and regulatory responses. She serves as the Washington liaison for the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), an association of more than 60 academic supercomputing centers in the United States. She has consulted with the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), EDUCAUSE and Internet2.
Previously, Mrs. Fratkin was the Director of Special Programs for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges where she was responsible for tracking a wide range of issues, including telecommunications and technology. She is the author of numerous articles on public policy and telecommunications and technology, the most recent published in the Educause Review. She has participated as a panelist at several national conferences and has served as a reviewer for federal education technology programs.