What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : General : HR 3925. Technology Workers Exchange Program/Vote to Prevent Private Workers Temporarily Employed in the Public Sector From Stealing Trade Secrets From the Federal Government.
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HR 3925. Technology Workers Exchange Program/Vote to Prevent Private Workers Temporarily Employed in the Public Sector From Stealing Trade Secrets From the Federal Government.
house Roll Call 83     Apr 10, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

A bill had been proposed in the House to establish a government-exchange program that would allow private-sector technology workers to work for two years in the federal government and public-sector technology employees to work for two years in a private company. Progressives worried that these private employees would access federal trade secrets and other proprietary information that they could later use for personal enrichment. Progressives also worried that the exchange program imposed no training requirements on the federal workers who participated and established no guarantees that the exchange would be one-for-one. This raised the possibility that federal employees would work for the private sector at public expense, without an equal number of private-sector employees returning the favor. Waxman (D-CA) tried to address the first problem by proposing an amendment that blocked private employees' access to sensitive information while they were participating in the program. The amendment also added $7 million to train technology workers for the federal government and include the exchange program under the requirements of such a training program. However, the amendment could not overcome solid Republican opposition, and it fell 204-219.

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