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H-1Bs at the Labor Department
By BRIAN MAHONEY 03/14/16 10:00 AM EDT
GUEST WORKERS TOIL … AT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT?: Republican candidates blasted the H-1B guest worker program at their debate on Thursday, with Donald Trump calling it “very bad for our workers” even as he admitted to using such foreign employees. “We should end it,” he said.
But the H-1B program is so embedded into the U.S. economy that even the Labor Department — an agency whose mission is to promote the welfare of American workers — has at least three foreign guest workers doing information technology work at its Washington headquarters, reports POLITICO’s Brian Mahoney. And the agency has approved applications for several more, as have other arms of the federal government.
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The H-1B workers cleared to perform work at the Labor Department’s Frances Perkins Building on Constitution Avenue provide a range of IT services, including software consulting, system administrating and network engineering. Some of them, however, are classified as “Wage Level 1” employees, a classification usually reserved for workers with limited experience.
The Labor Department’s role in bringing H-1B workers into its headquarters is a bit murky. The department’s Employment and Training Administration last year approved visa renewal applications from at least five firms — Cybecys, Knowcean Consulting, Comprobase Inc., Data Aixsys Inc. and HCL Global Systems Inc. — for IT work at the Perkins Building, according to publicly available records. Not all of those approvals necessarily resulted in the placement of H-1B workers there. But Cybecys confirmed to POLITICO that it had at least three H-1B guest workers installed at the agency. Data also show that companies have sought visas for workers at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. courts. http://politi.co/1phX0zH
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