Forwarded from: Elyn Wollensky <elynat_private> > http://www.latimes.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=la%2D030702ban > Experts said barring foreign nationals from certain computer > projects opens the prospect that key jobs will go unfilled because > of a shortage of qualified citizens--a situation exacerbated by the > relatively small number of U.S. students who pursue advanced > technology degrees. Costs may also rise sharply as higher-paid U.S. > citizens replace foreign workers. <snip> > Even Richard A. Clarke, top cyber-security advisor to President > Bush, views the restrictions as a misguided priority. <snip> > "In general, trying to restrict the [information technology] > professional that we use to American citizens is not going to be an > effective approach," Clarke said. "The United States does not > produce enough American citizens who are IT-security-trained to > operate our networks." Saying the US doesn't produce enough Security/ IT talent is complete and utter bullsh*t. Put any five Security/IT professionals in a room and you will hear from at least three that they are unemployed or scraping by on contract work & looking for something full-time, and at least two will discuss how they once worked for the .gov/.mil but had to leave due to the pay being unlivable -- and generally there is an overlap in these groups. So perhaps if the government paid people a competitive wage, equal to what they could get in private industry, they would be able to retain talent and get other US citizens to work for them. I think the overpaid, so-called experts should start analyzing this little Catch-22 and stop crying wolf over an imaginary lack of available talent. - elyn - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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