U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman is working with fellow House members from Virginia Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria to iron out a nonsensical wrinkle in how the federal government treats its surplus computer gear.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, and two Virginia colleagues propose to fix a glitch in how the government disposes of its computers.
Troublesome castoffs or handy hardware that helps Americans in need?
The choice is up to Congress, say U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman and Abigail Spanberger, who represent the eastern and western parts of the Fredericksburg area, respectively. The two, along with fellow Virginia House member Elaine Luria, seek to iron out a nonsensical wrinkle in how the federal government treats its surplus computer gear.
Their proposal, the bipartisan Computers for Veterans and Students Act, would enable certified, nonprofit companies to refurbish and distribute repairable, surplus computers to benefit needy veterans, students and seniors. Under an archaic 1949 law controlling government surplus, that’s now impossible.
The bipartisan legislation would require nonprofit refurbishers that receive older U.S. computers to provide training programs in the use of their technology.
“It is an honor to introduce this bipartisan legislation to help ensure veterans and students have the technology they need to be successful,” Wittman, R-1st, said. “This is a prime example of innovative nonprofits working hand-in-hand with the government to provide effective solutions for our nation’s veterans.
“Throughout my time in Congress, I have been working hard to close the digital divide and to provide for those who fought for us,” he added. “The COVID-19 pandemic has laid plain how important it is for all Americans to have access to technology, and this legislation helps provide access to the people who have served our nation and to those who need it most.”