Bloomberg Law
Oct. 24, 2019, 10:00 AM

Government Employs H-1B Workers Despite ‘Hire American’ Pledge

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis
Jasmine Ye Han
Jasmine Ye Han
Data Reporter
Christina Brady
Christina Brady
Data Editor

An attempt by the Labor Department to shine a light on companies that bring on board foreign workers with the help of oft-criticized, third-party placement firms has outed an unexpected employer—the federal government.

Under new data collection rules, the government is now able to identify the ultimate employers of workers with H-1B specialty occupation visas, who are essentially leased to companies via these staffing firms.

The practice has raised the ire of the Trump administration, which would prefer that American companies hire American workers, even though such H-1B workers are largely tapped for highly technical, tough-to-fill vacancies.

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