Illinois Democrat calls for new committee focused exclusively on information technology


Congress needs a new committee that focuses exclusively on information technology, Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) said Thursday at an event hosted by The Hill.

Foster, a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, told Steve Clemons of The Hill that the growth of the IT sector means that Congress needs more resources to be able to be nimble in its responses to the problems the industry is facing. confronted.

“Information technology has now overtaken financial services as a fraction of the economy. And yet, there is no standing congressional committee on information technology,” Foster said at The Hill’s ‘Advancing Innovation: Technology Leading the Way’ event.

Foster is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he leads a special task force on artificial intelligence.

The Illinois Democrat on Thursday suggested reviving the Office of Technology Assessments, a congressional entity that provided lawmakers with objective analyzes of technology until it was shut down in 1995.

He also called for “some kind of fundamental reorganization of how Congress works so that we can truly respond in real time with the depth of knowledge, thoughtfulness and focus that information technology will need.”

Foster also discussed what awaits the U.S. government under the Biden administration, particularly regarding technology and trade.

“I think our focus shouldn’t be so much on worrying specifically about one particular country, but worrying about the free world. I’m more concerned about getting our information technology infrastructure from countries we can trust rather than not having it built in China or other specific countries,” Foster said during the interview. event sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council.


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