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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Mar. 15th) 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 Staffing services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.


U.S. Immigration Data is on Paper and a Mess, Says Report

The U.S. government spends $8o billion a year on information technology, but despite this money, its immigration data is in awful shape. Some data is on paper, or of poor quality and out of synch with government systems used to track wages and employment. Those are some of the takeaways from a new report that conducted what amounts to a headcount of nonimmigrant visa workers in the U.S. In the course of this investigation, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) critiqued the information-gathering systems used by the government. Read More


H-1B Premium Processing Temporarily Suspended

For months, the tech community has wondered what, if anything, President Trump will do to alter the H-1B program. H-1B visas, which are distributed via a lottery system, allow American firms to hire workers from other countries. There are some caveats, including a hard cap on the number of visas issued each year. Although companies claim that the H-1B allows them to hire workers otherwise unobtainable, many workers (and more than a few pundits) assert that the system is routinely abused to displace American employees in favor of cheaper labor. Read More


Trump’s Revised Travel Ban May Still Hurt Tech

President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, released Monday, ensures that H-1B visa workers from banned countries won’t have problems as long as they stay in the U.S. But if they take a trip abroad, they could have trouble returning. The changes unveiled today are technical, and immigration attorneys will be waiting for the U.S. State Department to clarify the rules. In the meantime, what may be a greater issue is how the move by Trump affects immigration and travel. “The real impact will be global in terms of how people perceive the U.S.,”…Read More


Lawmakers Try Again to Stop Call Center Offshoring

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and the House reintroduced legislation Thursday intended to impede the offshore outsourcing of call centers. The bill, called the U.S. Call Center and Consumer Protection Act, if approved, would create a list of firms that shift work overseas. Firms on that list would be ineligible for federal grants and loans, and call center workers will be required to disclose their locations. U.S. customers would have the right to request that their calls are transferred to a call center agent physically based in the U.S. Read More


 

IT Pros are Happier at Smaller Firms: Study

Just last month, we told you avoiding Silicon Valley may be a better choice if you want your salary to go further. Now, a second bit of unintuitive news: stop trying to work at huge companies, too. A new study by Spiceworks suggests IT professionals who work at smaller companies are happier. Of companies with over 1,000 employees, only 55 percent of the IT professionals working there consider themselves happy. Medium-size companies (100-999 employees) have a 62 percent happiness rating among IT pros, while small businesses…Read More


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