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This page provides links to key federal and state officials, departments, agencies, members of
Congress and the state legislature, congressional and legislative
committees that may be useful to high-technology companies. Please
contact Lew McMurran (email@example.com),
WTIA's Director of Government and External Affairs, with any
questions or comments about the information on this page.
Federal Government Links
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs U.S. Department of
The Bureau of
Economic and Business Affairs (EB) formulates and carries out
U.S. foreign economic policy, integrating U.S. economic interests
with our foreign policy goals so that U.S. firms and investors can
compete on an equal basis with their counterparts overseas. It
implements American economic policy in cooperation with U.S.
companies, U.S. Government agencies, and other organizations.
Bureau of Information Resource Management - U.S. Department of
The Bureau of
Information Resource Management provides the information
technology and services the Department needs to successfully carry
out its foreign policy mission.
provides online trade resources and one-on-one assistance for your
international business whether youre just starting or expanding
your global sales.
Federal Communications Commission
Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States
government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was
established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with
regulating interstate and international communications by radio,
television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction
covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.
Internal Revenue Service
The mission of the
IRS is to help America's taxpayers understand and meet their
tax responsibilities. The IRS has a special page containing tax
information for businesses.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration -
U.S. Department of Commerce
The NTIA is
the President's principal adviser on telecommunications and
information policy issues, and in this role frequently works with
other Executive Branch agencies to develop and present the
Administration's position on these issues.
Office of Commercial and Business Affairs U.S. Department of
CBA coordinates State Department advocacy on behalf of American
businesses and offers problem-solving assistance in opening
markets, leveling the playing field, and resolving trade and
Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the
mission is to serve as a source of scientific and technological
analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major
policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government.
Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing
and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct
investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other
countries. The USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves
disagreements, and frames issues for presidential decision.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business
Administration's mission is to maintain and strengthen the
nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting
the interests of small businesses and by helping families and
businesses recover from national disasters.
Small Business Innovation Research Program Small Business
The SBIR is a
highly competitive program that encourages small business to
explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to
profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small
businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is
stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it
meets its specific research and development needs.
Technology Administration U.S. Department of Commerce
Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce works to
maximize technology's contribution to America's economic growth by
advocating for technology in the federal policy-making process,
expanding opportunity for high-technology business, and promoting
the development and commercialization of new innovations and
state-of-the-art technologies. It includes three agencies:
United States Patent and Trademark Office U.S. Department of
mission is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts
by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to
their respective discoveries.
Legislative Information on the Internet, the Library of
Congress's site for congressional information.
House of Representatives Committees
Senators from Washington State
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State Government Links
Washington is the official web site of the government of the
State of Washington. It provides state news and links to a variety
of government and business resources.
Washington State Department of Commerce International Trade and
The International Trade Division at the Department
of Commerce seeks to help businesses connect with financing
options, infrastructure and tax incentive programs, energy cost
reduction strategies, site selection tools, and more. It also has
resources available to help companies establish or expand
international trade connections.
Department of Employment Security
includes resources for job seekers, businesses, and students.
Department of Information Services (DIS)
telecommunications, computing and digital services to more than 700
Washington state agencies, boards and commissions, local
governments, tribal organizations, qualifying nonprofits and
Department of Labor and Industries
department helps employers meet safety and health standards and
inspects workplaces when alerted to hazards.
Department of Licensing
department's web site includes a variety of information
concerning business-licensing practices in Washington.
Department of Revenue
The Department of
Revenue collects more than 94 percent of state taxes and a
significant share of local taxes. The departments web site
includes, in part, the following useful material:
Information Services Board (ISB)
The ISB is a
15-member Board made up of leadership from the state agencies,
Legislature, courts, higher education and the private sector. State
law directs the ISB to:
- Develop standards to govern the acquisition and disposition of
equipment, software and purchased services;
- Approve IT acquisitions or set rules that delegate acquisition
- Develop statewide or interagency technical policies;
- Review and approve the statewide IT strategic plans;
- Provide oversight on large projects;
- Establish and monitor appeals processes.
Office of Financial Management
The Office of
Financial Management provides vital information, fiscal
services, and policy support that the Governor, Legislature, and
state agencies need to serve the people of Washington State.
Office of Regulatory Assistance
This web site
was developed to help businesses and citizens locate rule
information and to help discover information on environmental
permitting services. It provides links to cities, counties,
economic development councils, business license information, agency
rulemaking information, and environmental permitting services.
Washington Technology Center Board of Directors
provides a collaborative effort between the state's universities,
private industry and government in performing and commercializing
research on a statewide basis to benefit the economic vitality of
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The WUTC is a
three-member board, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the
Senate to six year terms, that regulates the rates, services, and
practices of privately-owned utilities and transportation
companies, including electric, telecommunications, natural gas,
water, and solid waste collection companies, pipeline safety,
private commercial ferries, buses, and motor carriers. The WUTC has a special page for the
Workforce Explorer Department of Employment Security
site features labor market information and economic
House of Representatives Committees
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