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February 23, 2009

Stimulus package sets H-1B limits, leaves out E-Verify mandate

A provision requiring banks receiving federal bailout funds to give hiring priority to U.S. workers over foreigners with H-1B visas made it into the final version of the economic stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed last week.

But House and Senate negotiators dropped a separate proposal that would have forced all employers benefiting from stimulus money to use the government’s Web-based E-Verify system to vet the employment status of their workers.

Source: ComputerWorld

February 3, 2009

H-1B, offshoring supporters get key Obama Administration posts

Filed under: FYI,US — 7macaw @ 5:53 pm
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President Barack Obama has filled some of his top White House posts with people who not only support expanding the H-1B visa program, but also see offshore outsourcing as a plus for the U.S. economy. That group includes the president’s new pick to run the Commerce Department, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

But another one of Obama’s choices, Diana Farrell, may be just as important in shaping White House policy. The former director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Co.’s economics research arm, Farrell has been tapped to serve on the National Economic Council and as deputy economic adviser to the president.

McKinsey, a management consulting firm, has published research that argues that offshore outsourcing to low-wage countries brings “substantial benefits” to the U.S. Its studies and reports have been cited by the tech industry in support of the H-1B visa program.

Source: Computerworld

November 24, 2008

The spreadsheet of sunshine: Who’s hiring

Filed under: FYI,IT,software,US — DF @ 5:53 pm
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According to CNet, companies are still hiring: Intel, Facebook, Cisco, Digg, Napster, etc, etc. Check it out here.

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