Gartner expects that the human-resources market will account for 39% of all business-process-outsourcing revenue in 2004 ("HR Outsourcing Ready To Catch A Big Wave"). That's a large volume of information about private individuals flowing out of the country. What safeguards are on this information once it's out of the country? If individual data from HR files is compromised, this can be used to create fraudulent identification to enter this country.
If we overlook the homeland security issues here, surely the personal abuses outweigh any benefits. Would the company that outsourced its HR functions even be held liable in any event? Mark Kamerer
Network Engineer, BellSouth, Sunrise, Fla.
The vast majority of new engineering hires in the IT industry over the last three years have gone to H-1B and L-1 workers who work for less than new computer-science graduates were offered in 1999 and half of what experienced programmers typically have earned ("The Programmer's Future").
Companies that hire H-1Bs and use L-1 visa holders can't compete against the wage levels of firms in India, but they can destroy any U.S. firm that hires mainly U.S. citizens. Harrison Picot
Principal Engineer, Alcyon Technologies, Haymarket, Va.
A couple of years ago I put a lot of pictures on a rewriteable CD and went back about 12 to 15 times to change them ("Time To Check Your CDRs"). Then they all disappeared suddenly! The file allocation table had somehow been destroyed, and I lost everything. I made the mistake of doing the same thing again with another make a few months later. The same thing happened again after a few rewrites. I've never used rewriteable CDs again. Bob Dutru
Niagara Falls, Canada
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.