Federal outsourcing survives

We might be turning the corner on the hysteria over the tiny bit of offshore outsourcing done by governments. The governors of Maryland and Massachusetts vetoed anti-outsourcing legislation, and Arnold recently did the same in California. Now for the feds: The corporate tax bill cleared on Monday for President Bush’s signature would allow federal agencies to continue awarding contracts to companies working offshore. A preliminary Senate version of the legislation contained a measure that would have barred most agencies from outsourcing jobs to companies planning to move the work outside the United States. The language also would have prohibited agencies from buying goods or services produced offshore, with a few exceptions.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.