Vendors oppose DOD plan to bar aliens in IT jobs

Vendors oppose DOD plan to bar aliens in IT jobs

The head of the Information Technology Association of America wants the Defense Department to reconsider a proposal that would bar foreign nationals from some sensitive IT jobs.

In a March 18 letter to Pete Aldridge, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, ITAA president Harris N. Miller said that if the proposal is passed, it would be more difficult for DOD to acquire critical IT services.

'Public policy must be based on real-world actions and tangible threats'not supposition and innuendo,' Miller wrote. 'Noncitizens have repeatedly played a critical role in developing and refining U.S. military technologies.'

Miller urged Aldridge to open the proposal to public review before making a decision.

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