TechAmerica Foundation : Competitiveness Series


Competitiveness Series

TechAmerica Foundation produces regular reports on the most timely and relevant issues to the tech industry and to U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. We combine rigorous data with careful analysis to educate industry executives, policymakers, and opinion leaders on the issues. To date, TechAmerica Foundation has produced over 30 installments on issues such as eHealth, high-skilled immigration, tax policy, emerging technologies, the rise of China, telework, energy efficiency, and high-tech trade.

Tech Industry Adds Nearly 119,000 Jobs in 1st Half of 2014
This mid-year employment provides a quick snapshot of the nation’s technology industry for the first half of 2014. October 2014
U.S. Tech Trade of Goods and Services Tops More Than $1 Trillion
Underscoring the importance of free-trade agreements, this whitepaper examines the latest data on the exports and imports of both tech goods and services, showing their significance to the U.S. economy.July 2014
CS Midyear 2011 Tech Industry Employment Up by Over 100,000 in 1st Half of 2013A midyear analysis of U.S. employment data through June 2013 shows a tech industry adding jobs across across all four major tech sec.October 2013
NAEP 2013 Math and Science Scores Improving, But Remain LowAn analysis of math and science proficiency scores at the 4th and 8th grade level shows improvement nationally and across many states.September 2013
CS Midyear 2011 Tech Industry Adds Nearly 100,000 Jobs in 1st Half of 2012A midyear analysis of employment data through June 2012 shows that the U.S. high-tech industry shows signs that the tech industry continues to add jobs, albeit at a moderate pace.October 2012
CS Midyear 2011 Tech Industry Adds 115,000 Jobs in 1st Half of 2011A midyear analysis of employment data through June 2011 shows that the U.S. high-tech industry shows signs of slowly coming out of the global economic downturn by adding jobs.October 2011
Attracting the Best and Brightest to the United StatesAmerica’s technological preeminence is at least in part based on the contributions to our economy of highly skilled foreign nationals.  They conduct cutting-edge research, launch innovative companies, and create millions of high-paying jobs.March 2011
Free Trade with Colombia and PanamaExpanding trade with Colombia and Panama would give U.S. tech companies a competitive edge in that region while strengthen free markets, enhancing stability, and fostering democracy.February 2011
South Korea is the Sixth Largest Market for High-Tech Goods from the United StatesSouth Korea remains an enormously important economic partner for the United States both in terms of trade and investment. A strategic Free Trade Agreement between the United States and South Korea would break down many of the tariff and non-tariff barriers, boosting trade and strengthening an already close relationship.February 2011
China Is the 3rd Largest Destination for U.S. Tech ExportsTechAmerica Foundation releases a report quantifying the technology trade and investment relationships between the United States and China.November 2010
Midyear Tech Employment 2010 Tech Industry Adds 30,200 Jobs in 1st Half of 2010TechAmerica Foundation releases a report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data that shows the U.S. high-tech industry added 30,200 jobs between January and June of 2010, a 0.5 percent gain.September 2010
The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade AgreementSouth Korea is an enormously important economic partner for the United States both in terms of trade and investment.  Our economies are intricately linked across many sectors and are becoming more interdependent every day — particularly in the production and sale of high-technology goods.October 2009
Free Trade Colombia Free Trade ColombiaThe region of Central and South America is a leading destination for U.S. high-tech goods exports with tremendous potential for further growth. The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement offers an opportunity to expand this regional market for U.S. high-tech merchandise exporters, manufacturers, service providers, and their employees.October 2009
Free Trade Panama Free Trade PanamaThe region of Central and South America is a leading destination for U.S. high-tech goods exports with tremendous potential for further growth. The U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement offers an opportunity to expand this regional market for U.S. high-tech merchandise exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees.October 2009
TechAmerica_CS_Midyear_Employment_2009 Tech Industry Sees Two Percent Job Loss in 1st Half of 2009The tech industry shed 115,000 jobs from January to June 2009, a 1.9 percent decrease, compared to the 72,900 tech jobs added in the same period in 2008.  As of June 2009, the industry employed 5.81 million workers.September 2009
CS Tax Deferral U.S. High-Tech Jobs Depend on Overseas InvestmentTechAmerica Foundation”s new report argues that recent proposals seeking to limit tax deferral and increase the tax burden on U.S. foreign affiliates in the name of encouraging domestic job creation risk achieving the opposite effect.June 2009
Green Tech 101: Enhancing Energy EfficiencyTo coincide with Earth Day, TechAmerica Foundation released a report endorsing the widespread use of information and communication technologies to enhance energy efficiency.April 2009
U.S. Tech Industry Adds 78,300 Jobs from January to July 2008 U.S. Tech Industry Adds 78,300 Jobs from January to July 2008The tech industry is adding jobs, but the pace is slowing amidst the financial turmoil and economic downturn. Tech employment reached 5.9 million jobs in July 2008, a gain of 1.3 percent from the beginning of the year, but future job growth remains uncertain.October 2008
U.S. 4th and 8th Graders Need To Go Back to SchoolMath scores are improving but remain dismally low, while science scores are stagnating, according to the Department of Education. A workforce grounded in strong math and science skills is essential for the tech industry and America’s ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.August 2008
eHealth 301: Electronic Prescriptions eHealth 301: Electronic PrescriptionsThis third report in our series on eHealth analyzes ePrescribing, the application of health information technology that allows prescriptions to be transmitted electronically, reducing harmful medication errors, increasing efficiencies, and lowering costs.July 2008

eHealth 101December 2006 eHealth 201November 2007
The Information Technology Agreement The Information Technology AgreementOver its 11 year history, the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) spurred global economic development and expanded markets for U.S. tech exports. Unfortunately, the ITA is now being undermined by the European Union.June 2008
The U.S.-China Economic Relationship The U.S.-China Economic RelationshipU.S.-China economic ties have expanded dramatically over the past two decades. Trade and investment between the two countries provide economic benefits for American manufacturers, service providers, workers, and consumers.May 2008
The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade AgreementSouth Korea is the sixth largest market for U.S. high-tech goods. Passing the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will improve market access and enhance intellectual property protection for American high-tech products and services.May 2008
Telework in the Information Age Telework in the Information AgeTelework, also known as telecommuting, is the practice of allowing, encouraging, and even requiring that employees work remotely part- or full-time, usually from their home, facilitated by collaborative information and communication technologies.April 2008
The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade AgreementThe U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement promises new opportunities and expanded markets for U.S. high-tech exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees. Colombia is the fourth fastest growing market for tech products.March 2008
eHealth 201: Designing the Virtual Hospital eHealth 201: Designing the Virtual HospitalTelemedicine – the use of technology to provide healthcare remotely – is already showing tremendous potential to lower costs and enhance the reliability, convenience, and delivery of healthcare.November 2007
Mid-year Tech Employment Update Mid-year Tech Employment UpdateThe U.S. high-tech industry added 118,500 jobs in the first half of 2007, slightly less than the 143,000 tech jobs added in the first half of 2006. All four high-tech sectors are adding jobs, including technology manufacturing.September 2007
The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade AgreementSouth Korea is one of the world’s largest markets for high-tech goods from the United States. Passing the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will improve access and increase intellectual property protection for American high-tech products and services.June 2007
Opening Trade with Central and South America Opening Trade with Central and South America(OVERALL REPORT)U.S. high-tech trade with Central and South America is strong, as data in this report illustrate. To expand this trade, the United States should continue to pursue all bilateral and multilateral means to open markets to U.S. goods and services in this strategically vital region.SUPPLEMENTAL COUNTRY REPORTSFree Trade Colombia Free Trade Panama Free Trade PeruJune 2007
China and the United States – The Links Grow Stronger China and the United States – The Links Grow StrongerChina is an undeniably important economic partner for the United States in terms of trade and investment across many sectors, particularly in the production and sale of high-technology goods.May 2007
China’s 15 Year Science and Technology Plan China’s 15 Year Science and Technology PlanChina’s 15 Year Plan intends to move the country beyond its current reliance on foreign technology to spawn “indigenous innovation.” We outline how they intend to do it and what obstacles could stand in their way.April 2007
eHealth 101: Electronic Medical Records eHealth 101: Electronic Medical RecordsElectronic medical records (EMRs) offer a tremendous opportunity to reduce healthcare costs, improve quality of care, and save lives.December 2006
Mid-year Tech Employment Update Mid-year Tech Employment UpdateThe U.S. high-tech industry added 140,000 jobs in the first half of 2006, nearly double the growth of the same period in 2005. Tech manufacturing employment is rising for the second year in a row and communications services is adding jobs for the first time since 2000.September 2006
Strengthen the R&D Tax Credit and Make It Permanent Strengthen the R&D Tax Credit and Make It PermanentThis report highlights how critical industry funded R&D has been to the United States. But the lack of a consistent R&D tax credit makes foreign incentives for R&D much more attractive.August 2006
Attracting the Best and Brightest to the United States Attracting the Best and Brightest to the United StatesThough recent public debate has focused on unskilled, illegal immigration, an entirely different but essential category is often neglected: the high-skilled, legal immigration that spurs American innovation and creates thousands of high-paying jobs.June 2006
Free Trade Colombia Free Trade ColombiaThe Colombian Free Trade Agreement promises new opportunities and expanded markets for U.S. high-tech exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees. Colombia is a small but strong and growing market for tech products.March 2006
Free Trade Peru Free Trade PeruThe Peruvian Free Trade Agreement promises new opportunities and expanded markets for U.S. high-tech exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees. Peru is a small but strong and growing market for tech products.March 2006
RFID: Security, Privacy, and Good Public Policy RFID: Security, Privacy, and Good Public PolicyThis second report of a 2-part series on RFID discusses how authentication and encryption technologies protect RFID-enabled devices from illicit and malicious use in both supply chain management and Secure IDs/Smart Cards.February 2006
RFID 101: Benefits of the Next Big Little Thing RFID 101: Benefits of the Next Big Little ThingThis report details how RFID technology works and discusses its current and potential benefits for the United States. It serves as a primer for our follow up report, which will address the privacy and security concerns associated with RFID.December 2005
Like It or Not, China and the U.S. Are Intricately Linked Like It or Not, China and the U.S. Are Intricately LinkedChina is an enormously important economic partner for the United States in terms of both trade and investment, particularly in the high-tech sector. This report presents statistics quantifying this interdependence.November 2005
Mid-year Tech Employment Update Mid-year Tech Employment UpdateAs of June 2005 the high-tech industry added 190,000 jobs in the United States over an 18 month time span, and tech manufacturing employment rose for the first time since 2000.September 2005
CAFTA-DR: The Misunderstood Trade Agreement, More At Stake Than Most Realize CAFTA-DR: The Misunderstood Trade Agreement, More At Stake Than Most RealizeThe free trade agreement between the United States and its Central American and Dominican neighbors holds great significance for the U.S. high-tech industry and for American competitiveness.June 2005

We are delighted to bring you our ongoing TechAmerica Foundation Competitiveness Series.  TechAmerica Foundation produces these reports on the most timely and relevant issues to the high-tech industry and to U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. We combine rigorous data with careful analysis to provide industry leaders and policymakers the information they need to assess the issue.  Launched in 1981, the TechAmerica Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry.

TechAmerica, then-AeA, launched this Series in the wake of the tremendous response we received to our comprehensive reports on offshore outsourcing and U.S. competitiveness:

We Are Still Losing the Competitive Advantage: Now is the Time to ActThe natural sequel to the groundbreaking 2005 report, this expanded report offers updated data, analysis, and recommendations that reinforce the urgent need to act to maintain American competitiveness in a global economy.March 2007
Losing the Competitive Advantage?: The Challenge for Science and Technology in the United States Losing the Competitive Advantage?: The Challenge for Science and Technology in the United StatesThis report is considered by many business leaders and policy makers to be the definitive statement on U.S. competitiveness. It explores the challenges the United States currently faces and in many ways is ignoring at its peril.February 2005
Offshore Outsourcing in an Increasingly Competitive and Rapidly Changing World: A High-Tech Perspective Offshore Outsourcing in an Increasingly Competitive and Rapidly Changing World: A High-Tech PerspectiveThis report examines the factors surrounding offshore outsourcing and concludes that this is really a symptom of a much larger issue: that of U.S. competitiveness in a global marketplace.March 2004

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