CRA has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than ten years. More recently the CRA Government Affairs program has enhanced its efforts to help the members of the computing research community contribute to the public debate knowledgeably and effectively.
The CRA Government Affairs website offers a wealth of information on advocacy, issues, and the federal policymaking process: The Advocacy page features policy briefs and fact sheets developed by CRA for use in promoting computing research; CRA's position statements, testimony, and other written communications to policymakers; and pointers to general advocacy resources. The Policy Issues page provides links to the latest information on research, science, and technology policy, with emphasis on issues of interest to computing research. The Budget page offers access to information on the federal budget and current appropriations. The Congress page contains links to House and Senate websites and other information on Congress, including committee home pages and legislative schedules. And the Executive Branch page provides a list of links to relevant government websites.
The participation of computing researchers in advocacy activities is crucial to the adequate representation of our discipline in Washington. To facilitate action on behalf of computing research and leverage its impact, CRA has established the Computing Research Advocacy Network, an electronic mailing list that delivers timely information about key advocacy opportunities. Each alert includes summary and background information, recommended actions, talking points, and contact information -- everything you need to make your voice heard in Washington. Join CRAN today so you don't miss any important opportunities to speak out on behalf of computing research!