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Fri Sep 27, 2013, 09:56 PM Sep 2013

H-1B workers in line for Obamacare work

Illinois said that Cognizant has assigned 13 workers, all U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents with Medicaid experience and expertise, to work on the project. Seven of the staff members are former state of Illinois employees with extensive knowledge of the state's Medicaid system, according to spokeswoman Kelly Jakubek, communication manager for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Cognizant has submitted paperwork to hire 60 or more visa holders to work on the project -- a proposal that the state wasn't aware of, Jakubek said.

Computerworld sent Illinois officials emails with copies of the paperwork that Cognizant filed with the U.S. Department of Labor to hire 60 senior system analysts at a pay rate of $76,814. The documents, known as Labor Condition Applications (LCA), are part of the H-1B approval process and are used in salary determinations. As a general rule, though, the filing of an LCA doesn't mean that a visa worker in on the way.

The state controls the hiring process for the project, said Jakubek, though she could not say whether it will require the contractor to exclude temporary visa workers from the effort.

Asked about the paperwork filed with the Labor Department, Cognizant said it would take on visa workers if needed.


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H-1B workers in line for Obamacare work (Original Post) dkf Sep 2013 OP
Because $76K is such a crappy wage that no American will take it. MH1 Sep 2013 #1
If a cutthroat company like Cognizant is paying $76k for foreign workers DJ13 Sep 2013 #2


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2. If a cutthroat company like Cognizant is paying $76k for foreign workers
Fri Sep 27, 2013, 10:13 PM
Sep 2013

That probably means those positions would normally pay well over $100k.

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