|Type of legislation
||What it does
||Where it’s at
||How to mitigate the risk
|Restricts or prohibits offshoring
||Prohibits the government from funding projects that have an offshore component. Companies that contract with states to perform services could not send any of the work offshore.
- The Thomas-Voinovich law was enacted but expires at the end of FY04.
- The Dodd amendment to expand Thomas-Voinovich to the states has passed the Senate but not the House.
- wenty-eight states have antioffshoring bills pending. So far none has become law.
|These bills affect only companies that contract with state and federal governments. The safest course is to keep your company?s government and nongovernment work separate in all ways.
|Ensures consumer and employee right to know
||Consumer right-to-know laws are designed to discourage offshoring by adversely affecting company image. Some would require call center employees to tell callers where they are located.
A proposed Senate bill would require employers to give workers 90 days? notice if their jobs are going to be offshored.
- On the state level, it is likely that one or two right-to-know type bills will pass.
- On the federal level, even if a bill mandating notice gets through the Senate, it will never pass the House, where business-friendly Republicans are in control.
|Short of not offshoring, there?s not much a CIO can do. Take the PR hit if you must.
|Guarantees the privacy of personal data
||Prevents companies from sending personal information overseas. That includes medical records and financial data.
- Arizona has a bill pending that would prohibit the transcription of medical files outside the United States.
- California has a similar bill pending that includes financial data.
- It is unlikely that these bills will pass.
|Look into technologies that can strip personally identifiable datafrom files.