The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) is a leading industry trade group for information technology companies. The Association's membership contains most all of the world's major ICT firms and accounts for over 90% of ICT goods and services sold in North America.
Former Under Secretary of Commerce Phil Bond became the association's President in August 2006. He replaced Harris Miller who resigned as President in January 2006 in order to run for the U.S. Senate in Virginia. Miller was defeated by James Webb in the June Democratic primary. Harris Miller was named CEO/President of the Career College Association in February 2007.
In March 2007 ITAA President Phil Bond expressed his desire in merging ITAA with another high tech trade association. On January 17, 2008, ITAA announced that it had agreed to so-called "merger of equals" with the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), and that the combined association would retain the ITAA name. [Hard times push IT associations to consider merger http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1107/110707n1.htm; http://www.itaa.org/newsroom/headline.cfm?ID=2504] Until earlier in the year GEIA had been an affiliate of EIA (a trade association formerly known as the Electronic Industry Alliance, http://www.eia.org.) EIA has been very financially successful, unlike ITAA. GEIA is slated to share in the distribution over $50 million in assets resulting in the break up of EIA . [The fall of EIA: What happened? http://www.edn.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA6474661&ref=nbsa; http://www.eia.org/news/pressreleases/2007-07-12.354.phtml] After the merger, the combined membership will grow back to 400.
With affiliates in 40 states through CRITA and its role as Secretariat of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) (Web site), a global network of 67 countries' IT associations, ITAA offers members access and influence across America and around the world.
On a policy front, the Association plays a leading role in issues of IT industry concern including information security, globalization, workforce, immigration, taxes and finance policy, digital intellectual property protection, telecommunications competition, workforce and education, immigration, online privacy and consumer protection, government IT procurement, human resources and e-commerce policy.
ITAA membership is open to any company with operations situated in the U.S. and offering IT products and services. Companies eligible for full IT membership include firms with headquarters, division offices, or branch offices located in the U.S. as well as foreign firms with subsidiary operations in the U.S. In addition, ITAA offers affiliate membership to firms that sell business products and services to IT companies.
Hank Steininger, managing partner of Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector practice serves as ITAA's Chairman of the Board of Directors.
As managing partner of the global public sector at Grant Thornton, Steininger is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of Grant Thornton International’s government business worldwide. He first joined the firm in 1994 and has held several jobs, including COO. Before joining Grant Thornton he held leadership positions at Ernst and Young in information technology, management consulting, accounting and auditing.
Steininger has been president of ITAA’s Public Sector Group Board of Directors. He is currently chairman of the Association of Government Accountants Corporate Partners Advisory Board and a member of the Washington Federal City Council.
As President of ITAA's Public Sector group, Hank was instrumental in elevating the association's focus on the State & Local IT marketplace and in enhancing the IT industry's collective voice on public sector policy issues such as procurement reform.
Before joining ITAA in August 2006, Bond served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Monster Worldwide. From 2001 to 2005, Bond was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, served as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. Bond's position at the Department of Commerce was eliminated after he left.
Bond served as Director of Federal Public Policy at Hewlett-Packard Company in 2001 and, between 1998 and 2001, was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). From 1993 to 1998, he was Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) and, from 1992-1993, was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense to Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.
Bond is a 1978 graduate of Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon. Offers hospitality industry professionals the critical information they need to meet the needs of the fastest-growing segment of the American population: people ages 65 and up. Identifies the special physical needs and preferences of seniors and shows designers how to integrate those requirements into the design of various types of hospitality facilities, including restaurants, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, and more. Addresses design challenges related to sight and hearing impairment as well as limited strength, mobility, and accessibility and offers solutions to these problems through clear, illustrated examples.
ITAA has actively lobbied on behalf of the funding for the Real ID.
Some have asserted that Real ID will turn state driver’s licenses into a national identity card and impose numerous new burdens on taxpayers, citizens, immigrants, and state governments – while doing nothing to protect against terrorism. As a result, it is stirring intense opposition from many groups across the political spectrum. Critics have claimed that ITAA supports the national ID card because its member companies would benefit from financially from implementing the card.
ITAA publishes a series of electronic newsletters. The ITAA E-LETTER covers the issues of the networked economy. These include coverage issues such as information and telecommunications public policy, as well as pertinent news about the businesses of electronic commerce, Internet service and enhanced telecommunications service providers. The ITAA E-LETTER is distributed exclusively by electronic mail and available for free
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