USACM Encourages Deficit Reduction Committee to Remember the Value of Computing

By David Bruggeman
November 14, 2011

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is the formal name of the “Supercommittee” that is supposed to recommend at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. USACM sent a letter today to the supercommittee that notes the value of computing to the nation, a value that needs consistent investment in order to contribute to the nation’s recovery.

The letter notes how information technology and computing have contributed to U.S. economic prosperity over the last few decades. Besides providing a critical boost to the nation’s economy, computing and information technology also help the country maintain and improve its security and safety. This investment should be made in both education and research.

Recognizing the challenges facing the Committee, the letter argues for not injuring investments in innovation (including computing) in the cuts that it recommends to the full Congress. The final vote must take place in Congress by December 23, so time is running short.