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Ohio’s outsourcing ban called biased against foreign firms

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Gov. Ted Strickland has issued an executive order banning outsourcing of the state government’s information technology and back-office functions.

The move, viewed by many as an election year move to create jobs for Ohioans, has raised the ire of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), a group representing India’s largest software exporters. A NASSCOM statement called the move discrimination against India and a threat to free trade.

Issuing the order, Strickland said sending work overseas “deprives Ohioans and other Americans of employment opportunities.”

Note: Companies that do business with the state and outsource some of the work to overseas partners should review the executive order to determine how it affects existing contracts.

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