Patrick Thibodeau

Senior Editor

Patrick Thibodeau covers Internet of Things, enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld.

Trump ‘actively’ considering new H-1B spouse work rule

Trump ‘actively’ considering new H-1B spouse work rule

The Trump administration is considering writing an entirely new rule. Before implementing that rule, it would seek public comment.

Justice Dept. says replacing U.S. workers may bring lawsuit

Justice Dept. says replacing U.S. workers may bring lawsuit

The Department of Justice on Monday issued a warning to H-1B employers not to use the visa program to discriminate against U.S. workers.

H-1B lottery’s game of chance is legal, judge rules

H-1B lottery’s game of chance is legal, judge rules

A lawsuit that challenged the fairness and legality of the H-1B lottery system, calling it a "never ending game of chance," has been thrown out in federal court.

5 reasons why China will rule tech, 2017 edition

5 reasons why China will rule tech, 2017 edition

In 2010, Computerworld looked at five reasons why China will rule in technology. In 2017, the case for China has grown stronger.

Cobol plays major role in U.S. government breaches

Cobol plays major role in U.S. government breaches

New research is turning on its head the idea that legacy systems -- such as Cobol and Fortran -- are more secure because hackers are unfamiliar with the technology.

Trump budget would fund border wall, but slash science and research

Trump budget would fund border wall, but slash science and research

President Donald Trump's federal budget outline represents a major shift in U.S. priorities by boosting defense spending while cutting science and research.

Spy agency, DOE, see China nearing supercomputing leadership

Spy agency, DOE, see China nearing supercomputing leadership

China's computing efforts are a threat to U.S. national security and may undermine profitable parts of the U.S. economy, a new report warns.

Pennsylvania sues IBM over troubled $110M IT upgrade

Pennsylvania sues IBM over troubled $110M IT upgrade

Pennsylvania is suing IBM over a never-finished $110 million IT upgrade to its unemployment compensation system. Such large-scale projects often run into trouble.

Fears arise that Trump has dropped ball on H-1B reform

Fears arise that Trump has dropped ball on H-1B reform

Some say that even if President Trump doesn't fulfill his campaign promises with changes in the law, some companies will outsource less just to avoid getting on his bad side.

IMF moving IT jobs to offshore firm

IMF moving IT jobs to offshore firm

The International Monetary Fund's IT work is being taken over by India-based IT managed services provider L&T Infotech; the change was announced to the staff last year.

Trump’s revised travel ban may still hurt tech

Trump’s revised travel ban may still hurt tech

President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, released Monday, ensures that H-1B visa workers from banned countries won't have problems -- as long as they stay in the U.S.

U.S. suspends fast-track H-1B processing, blames backlog

U.S. suspends fast-track H-1B processing, blames backlog

The White House decision to suspend premium processing for H-1B visa holders is being blamed on a visa backlog. It will affect some people seeking visas who may have used this fast-track system.

Lawmakers try again to stop call center offshoring

Lawmakers try again to stop call center offshoring

If the legislation passes, U.S. customers would have the right to request that their calls are transferred to a call center agent physically based in the U.S.

Sen. Durbin accuses Trump of breaking his H-1B promise

Sen. Durbin accuses Trump of breaking his H-1B promise

President Donald Trump said last year that on his first day in office he would order an investigation of H-1B abuses. He has yet to do so.

H-1B reform bill unites political opposites

H-1B reform bill unites political opposites

The spectrum of support makes it possible this bill could actually pass.

Trump says offshoring displaces ‘our best’ American workers

Trump says offshoring displaces ‘our best’ American workers

President Donald Trump promised to crack down on offshore outsourcing, which he blamed for displacing American workers. But he offered no specifics on what he would do.

Trump announces budget cuts that may give China tech leadership

Trump announces budget cuts that may give China tech leadership

One analyst says he expects cuts of 10% in most non-defense-related agencies.

U.S. computing leadership under threat, says House science chair

U.S. computing leadership under threat, says House science chair

Even a seemingly unrelated project, for instance, can have far-reaching implications into the computer industry.

 Trump expected to cut federal IT spending

Trump expected to cut federal IT spending

President Donald Trump said this week that the federal budget is a "mess" and is promising to make it leaner. This means that federal IT spending -- now at $81.6 billion -- is likely to see cuts, analysts said.

Renewed effort begins to save Calif. university’s IT jobs

Renewed effort begins to save Calif. university’s IT jobs

At least 10 U.S. lawmakers have written University of California officials about their plan to move IT jobs offshore; now state legislators are getting into the fight.

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