Monday, March 06, 2006

Commerce Department Suppresses Offshoring Research

According to ManufacturingNews.Com, "the Commerce Department has refused to provide Democratic members of Congress with information they requested concerning a controversial report on outsourcing of jobs in the high tech sector. "

"The report's brevity as released -- 12 pages -- and the paucity of original research it contains have caused some to question the extent to which it represents the work actually carried out by the agency's analysts. The Bush administration political appointee at the Technology Administration responsible for the report has since left the department. "

Ken Jacobson, the reporter who has followed up on this story, should be commended. I only hope that the mainstream media picks up on this. The 12 page report released was more of an executive summary and according to insiders cherry picked data from the research.

This is just another example of politics driving research and not science. It is shameful that the Bush Administration would allow their appointees to continue misleading the public regarding the issue of outsourcing. If President Bush thought it was such a great practice which was good for our nation, wouldn't he want to release the facts? Unless of course the facts don't match his politics.


At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being an Indian in a field other than IT I found your article to be very interesting and not without merit. The whole body-shopping trend does turn out to be pretty harmful to expat employees. They are often exploited and they do damage to their long-term careers by hanging on here, all in the hope of a green card and the american dream. With the boom in India and China a lot of them would be better off, and happier, back home. The new backlogs in the green card process promise a lot of heartache, stress, uncertainty and agony for everyone on an H1B. The time spent languishing over ones immigration status is better spent building a career in ones home country or the globe at large.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger R. Lawson said...

Thank you for your remarks. I am hopeful that our immigration process removes the heartache and stress associated with it.

Guest worker programs were written with corporations in mind, not American labor or immigrants.

It is important that we have a seat at the table.


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