Patrick Thibodeau

Senior Editor

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

This year's H-1B cap is quickly reached -- and exceeded

This year's H-1B cap is quickly reached -- and exceeded

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service said Friday that the H-1B cap for FY 2018 has already been reached. Visa applications became available only on Monday.

U.S. seeks curbs on use of entry-level H-1B programmers

U.S. seeks curbs on use of entry-level H-1B programmers

The U.S. government is taking action that will likely increase the visa denial rates of H-1B programmers hired for entry-level jobs.

Economy boosts CIO budgets, as A.I. helps IBM, says Morgan Stanley

Economy boosts CIO budgets, as A.I. helps IBM, says Morgan Stanley

CIOs in the U.S. and Europe are increasing IT budgets thanks to an uptick in optimism, said Morgan Stanley, which surveyed 100 CIOs in the U.S. and Europe.

H-1B employers face stricter rules

H-1B employers face stricter rules

This week the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Labor each posted information about how to file a complaint against suspected H-1B abuse.

Trump's H-1B reform may go the way of healthcare

Trump's H-1B reform may go the way of healthcare

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) plan to re-introduce new versions of old bills that raise the visa cap.

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.

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.

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, prepares for Cobol, cloud, mainframes

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, prepares for Cobol, cloud, mainframes

The White House on Monday announced an "Office of American Innovation" to oversee a revamp of federal IT operations; the effort will be led by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

How Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ hurts science and tech

How Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ hurts science and tech

President Trump's plans for "extreme vetting" of visa applicants are a concern for tech and academic conferences, which often draw attendees from around the world.

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.

MillerCoors seeks $100M in damages from IT contractor

MillerCoors seeks $100M in damages from IT contractor

MillerCoors is suing IT services firm HCL in federal court over what began as an approximately $53 million software deployment.

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.

NSA, DOE say China's supercomputing advances put U.S. at risk

NSA, DOE say China's supercomputing advances put U.S. at risk

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.

U.S. immigration data is on paper and a mess, says report

U.S. immigration data is on paper and a mess, says report

Data is inadequate and recorded in an inconsistent manner across federal agencies, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.

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.

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