Tag Archives: Government Relations

Congress’s failure to reinstate the expired research and development tax credit for 2010 will significantly affect electronics companies

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries and over 1,300 other companies and organizations recently sent a letter to all members of Congress urging them to enact legislation seamlessly extending Research and Development (R&D) tax credits through 2010 and for as long as possible. If the lame-duck Congress does not reinstate the expired R&D tax credit […]

Changes to U.S and Indian export controls expected to increase trade of dual-use items

The U.S. and Indian governments announced changes to their countries’ export controls that are expected to affect manufacturers seeking to trade dual-use items, i.e. items that can be used for both commercial and military purposes, between the two countries. Electronics, including certain printed boards and their associated intellectual property (IP) such as chemical formulas, purchase […]

Is your company up-to-date on recent and proposed changes to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?

The U.S. State Department recently made changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which govern work with U.S. Munitions List (USML) items that are considered critical to national security. A new exemption to allow the “hand carrying” of ITAR regulated data was announced in the Federal Register on August 27, 2010. This exemption, […]

White House Announces Plan to Enact a Permanent Research and Development Tax Credit

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a detailed plan for economic recovery that includes asking Congress to expand and permanently extend Research and Experimentation tax credits, also known as Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. For many years, IPC has advocated for a permanent R&D tax credit. The R&D tax credit expired on December 31, […]

Changes to U.S. Export Controls are Good News for the Electronics Industry

Today, the White House announced plans to reform the U.S. export control system by updating and modifying export control lists, licensing policies, and export enforcement. U.S. export controls include the laws and regulations managing the sale or transfer of sensitive goods and technology, services, and expertise to non-U.S. citizens. The changes in export controls are […]

Director of DoD Industrial Policy announced as keynote speaker for upcoming IPC conference

Brett B. Lambert, Director of Industrial Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming IPC Conference for the North American EMS Industry: What it Takes to Supply the Military. Mr. Lambert serves as the principle advisor on all matters relating to the defense […]

IPC urges U.S. Department of Energy to act on applications for loan guarantees from U.S. companies seeking to develop or reopen rare earth facilities in the U.S.

Yesterday, IPC joined a dozen other trade associations in urging the U.S. Department of Energy to act expeditiously on loan guarantee applications from U.S. companies seeking to develop or reopen rare earth facilities in the US. Rare earth elements (REE) are composed of the lanthanide and actinide series. Rare earth oxides, metals, and alloys are […]

Obama Administration Seeks Modernization of Export Controls

Last week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates outlined the much-awaited Obama Administration’s plans to restructure the nation’s system of export controls. Bringing the Cold War-era system of export controls into the modern age is critical to the strength of the industrial base, and a goal of the IPC government relations committee. The Milken Institute found […]

Research and Development Tax Credit Extension Passes U.S. Senate

On March 10 the U.S. Senate passed by vote of 62 to 36 “The American Workers, State, and Business Tax Relief Act” (H.R. 4213) that includes a seamless one year extension of the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit through the end of December 31, 2010. IPC, and fellow members of the R&D Credit Coalition, […]

COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES NOW ELIGIBLE FOR TAX RELIEF IN 2008 AND 2009 IN U.S.

Net operating loss (NOL) relief, an IPC 2009 legislative goal, became a reality for electronics companies when the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548) was signed into law Friday. The NOL relief provision in the bill expands the NOL refund eligibility to medium- and large-sized companies that were previously excluded from […]