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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Apr. 21st) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Recruiting and IT Staffing for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Trump to Order Wholesale H-1B Reform

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that calls for sweeping reform of the H-1B visa process. Its centerpiece is the replacement of the H-1B lottery with a system that distributes visas on the basis of wages, skills and education. “We want to switch away from a random lottery system, in which it’s weighted toward the lowest wage workers, towards a system that prioritizes higher skilled, higher paid workers,” said a senior administration official, in a background briefing…Read More

Trump’s Cybersecurity Mystery: 90 Days in, Where’s The Plan?

On Jan. 6, weeks before he was due to become president, Donald Trump sat down with U.S. intelligence officials for a two-hour briefing at Trump Tower on cyberattacks conducted during the U.S. election. The meeting resulted in a pledge: a plan to counter cyberattacks against the U.S. within 90 days of taking office. On Wednesday, President Trump marks his 90th day in office with no sign of a report or indication that one is on the way. That’s a surprise, given the recent string of successful, high-profile cyberattacks against the federal government. Read More

H-1B Visa Demand Slips; Analysts See Trump Effect

The U.S. government today said it received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year — 37,000 less than in 2016. The government will issue 85,000 visas distributed via a computer-generated lottery. The winners will be able to use their visas at the start of the federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Industry analysts see President Donald Trump’s actions and campaign rhetoric as having had an impact on the offshore outsourcing industry, which includes the largest users of H-1B visa workers. Firms considering shipping IT jobs…Read More

Trump’s H-1B Reform Resolves Few Questions

U.S. President Donald Trump signed his so-called “Buy American, Hire American” executive order on Tuesday, aimed in part reforming the H-1B visa process for temporary foreign workers. The order clarifies that the new administration does indeed intend to address the visa program — heavily used by IT outsourcers both foreign and domestic — this year. However, the details of the proposed reforms — and the powers of the executive branch to compel changes to the system — remain murky. The order calls for a multi-agency report on…Read More

More Tech Pros Satisfied with Their Salary

According to the most recent Dice Salary Survey (PDF), some 40 percent of tech professionals anticipate changing employers this year; and of that number, 63 percent said they planned to do so in order to make more money. What’s more, 67 percent of tech pros reported having confidence in finding a favorable new position. That might be due to a strong tech economy, as evidenced by an unemployment rate lower than the national average. In any case, the data suggests that tech pros are highly monetized, highly mobile, and have their pick…Read More

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