SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Security Industry Association (SIA) expressed its support and comments on S. 1260, the US Competition and Innovation Act (USICA), and HR 4521, the America COMPETES Act.

The SIA letter comes ahead of a Senate and House conference to reconcile the differences between the two bipartisan legislation, both of which will strengthen U.S. leadership in the development and adoption of innovative emerging technologies so that domestic companies remain competitive at globally against American adversaries.

In a April 11 letter U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Leader of House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), SIA made the following recommendations for consideration in the conference’s final report:

  • SIA supports USICA’s authorization of $190 billion for federal research and development (R&D) activities, $29 billion in National Science Foundation funding, and the inclusion of Sec. 2005 to invest in R&D, education and training, supply chain security, and the broader US innovation ecosystem.
  • The SIA supports USICA’s creation of an International Technology Partnership Office to harmonize key technology governance regimes with U.S. partners, coordinate priority research and development initiatives, and work with U.S. allies to pursue such opportunities in key emerging technologies.
  • SIA supports America COMPETES Act Sections 10226-10227, which includes National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reauthorization and biometric testing.
  • SIA supports sec. of the America COMPETES Act. 20201-20208, Supply Chain Resilience Measures that create an Office of Manufacturing Security and Resilience within the U.S. Department of Commerce to address supply chain shocks and provide 45 billion dollars in grant, loan and loan guarantee funds to manufacturers to assist in the production and shipment of qualified equipment.
  • SIA encourages participants to include Sec. 10522, which directs NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership to further engage with historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions to cultivate a diverse talent pool.
  • The SIA calls on participants to vigorously fund the CHIPS for America Act program, which supports the diversification, expansion, and resilience of the U.S. semiconductor supply chain.

“The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and the U.S. COMPETES Act promote valuable investments in supply chain resiliency measures and federal R&D in areas such as biometrics, AI, and machine learning. automation – emerging technologies that have a wide range of applications in safety and life protection,” said Don Erickson, CEO of SIA. “For some time, the SIA has placed a high priority on advocating for short- and long-term supply chain assistance. The SIA strongly supports the inclusion of an extraordinary level of financial assistance that will help address long-term supply chain challenges as well as potential advocacy for the manufacturing sector that could come through the new Office of Security. and manufacturing resilience soon after Congress passed final legislation.

“We encourage members of the House and Senate to reconcile some of the significant differences between these two pieces of legislation and work bipartisanly to produce the meaningful investments needed to strengthen the United States as a leader in the development of health technologies. cutting edge that have an impact on our society and security.

SIA previously expressed its strong support for the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act — formerly the Endless Frontier Act — when it was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Schumer (DN.Y.) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind. ). The bill aims, among other things, to strengthen U.S. leadership in critical technologies through research in key areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, high-performance computing, hardware and advanced computer software and robotics.

Additionally, before passing the Senate, the bill was amended to include “data storage, data management, distributed ledger technologies, and cybersecurity, including biometrics” as areas of concern. key intervention, an addition supported by SIA and proposed by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). Additionally, SIA applauded the passage of the Chamber of the America COMPETES Act in February 2022, encouraging bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to reconcile the differences between the two pieces of legislation.

The SIA noted that it is committed to promoting policies that support innovation in security and life protection technologies and supports U.S. leadership in key technology areas, including biometrics. The association recently sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris urging the administration and Congress to consider policies that allow the United States to lead the development of biometric technologies; sent a letter to the leadership of the Congress recommend how SIA members can build public trust around the use of facial recognition technology; Published political principles that guide the commercial sector, government agencies and law enforcement on how to use facial recognition responsibly and ethically; released a comprehensive public survey on support for using facial recognition in specific applications; and published a list of successful uses of technology.