Offshore Outsourcing Battle Heats Up
The New Jersey State Legislature has reportedly tabled a closely watched bill that would have prevented the overseas outsourcing of N.J. state government IT projects.The New Jersey State Legislature has reportedly tabled a closely watched bill that would have prevented the overseas outsourcing of N.J. state government IT projects. Introduced into the N.J. legislature about four months ago, the bill was drafted by State Senator Shirley Turner to ensure that government funds be used to employ U.S. workers, rather than workers based in India or other typical outsourcing recipient countries. The bill was passed unanimously by the New Jersey State Senate and was then sent to the New Jersey State Assembly on Dec. 16. The bill, however, has reportedly been sent back to Senator Turner for revisions by a committee of the Assembly.
Indian news accounts credit lobbying efforts by the ITAA (Information Technology Association of America) and by Nasscom (the National Association of Software Services Companies), Indias industry association of IT software and service companies, with convincing Turner that the bill would have negative repercussions on U.S. industry and that its wording should be changed to drop mentions of outsourcing and of India. Turner could not be reached to confirm or deny this account or to say if she planned to revise the bill.