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US bans outsourcing of Govt contracts

US Senate has barred domestic firms from sub contracting Govt work to offshore firms.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2004 18:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Passing the first federal law against outsourcing, the US Senate has barred American companies from doling out sub-contracts out of Government contracts to firms in India or any other country.

The legal measure, originally sponsored by Ohio's Republican senator George Voinovich and others, was included in a $328-billion spending bill passed by the Senate late on Thursday.

Under the measure, when the US government gives contracts to an American firm -- as it has to on public money -- that firm cannot give subcontracts out of that to a source outside the United States.

The measure avoids challenging the government's right to give projects to contractors. But what it does provide is that that contract cannot be subcontracted out by the outsourcing mechanism to India or other countries like China, Russia to cut costs.

Generally, what is included in such "omnibus" bills adopted in a hurry when a budget measure is long overdue, as in this case, it is not changed later and the President does not veto it.

The provision is the first federal law that limits companies from performing contracted work outside the US ever since outsourcing became a potent political issue in the US a year ago.

The Chambers of Commerce and other business groups said the move would undercut the ability of US companies to compete with their overseas rivals.

First Published: Jan 23, 2004 23:37 IST