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  • This Week In Tech Policy

    • Congressman Joe Neguse Introduces Legislation to Modernize Federal Labs in Colorado
    • The Federal Lab Modernization directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a report every two years on the status of federal labs infrastructure, and it amends the America COMPETES Act to strengthen reporting requirements for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director.
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    • Bennet, Colleagues Urge FCC to Prioritize Rural Broadband
    • Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet this week joined U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and 45 of their Senate colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize sustainable rural broadband networks as the FCC considers new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding.
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    • Crow Introduces the Small Business Innovation Voucher Act to Ensure Small Businesses Stay Competitive with R&D Efforts
    • he bill would establish an innovation voucher program at the Small Business Administration (SBA) which would allow small businesses to partner with an institution of higher education or research lab for resources so they can better compete for federal funding grants on research and development and commercialization of new technologies. Specifically, the bill authorizes $10 million per year for five years to establish an innovation voucher program at the Small Business Administration.
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    • House Democrats and the White House have a deal to move forward with USMCA trade agreement
    • The deal as signed last year made a few key changes from NAFTA, which took effect in 1994. U.S. farmers got better access to the Canadian dairy market, rules of origin for auto parts became more strict, nearly half of automobile parts had to be produced by workers who make at least $16 an hour and digital trade and intellectual property rules were updated, among other provisions.
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    • Citing 'skills gap,' state releases workforce report
    • In its sixth annual report released on Tuesday, the Colorado Workforce Development Council noted that while 64% of in-demand occupations require more than a high school diploma, “our labor force is not adequately prepared for these top jobs, with just 57% of Coloradans holding a credential beyond high school.”
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