The state of legislation
- By Judi Hasson
- Sep 11, 2000
* President Clinton signed the Electronic Signatures in Global and
National Commerce Act, or "E-Sign," on June 30.
* Eleven appropriations bills remain and include billions of dollars
for research and development in information technology, new money to expand
and start new IT programs in virtually every federal agency, and funds for
enhanced cyber-security. Outlook: Good.
* H-1B visas: Lawmakers want to lift the cap on visas for foreign technology
workers. The current 115,000 visa limit was reached in March. Legislation
would raise the cap to 200,000 in fiscal 2001. Outlook: Good.
* China trade: Backed by the IT community, this legislation would lower
trade barriers to China and open up new markets for technology. Outlook:
* Moratorium on Internet taxes: A bill now pending in the Senate would
extend for five years the moratorium on new Internet taxes and would simplify
other Internet tax issues. Outlook: Unlikely.
* Administration procurement regulations: This legislation would require
federal agencies to more effectively track outsourcing costs and savings
and force contracting competitions between government workers and the private
sector. Outlook: Unlikely.