High skilled visas and cybersecurity

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 9:27pm EDT

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This week on BGOV's Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • The minimum demand for temporary high-skilled worker visas (H-1B visas) is 155,000 annually, and the supply regularly falls short of what businesses want. Demand this year for H-1B visas was the second-highest in history, according to the analysis written by Bloomberg Government Managing Analyst Caroline Savello. She joins the program to help us understand the numbers and decode the problem.

  • The European Union unveiled proposed cybersecurity legislation on Feb. 7 that would impose new requirements and costs on companies. The EU approach differs fundamentally from the U.S. plan revealed in President Barack Obama's Feb. 12 cybersecurity executive order, which stresses voluntary compliance by the private sector. BGOV Analysis authors Sanford Reback and Allan Holmes join Capital Impact to discuss the implications.

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Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.

Caroline Savello is a Managing Analyst with Bloomberg Government. She has also worked at BGOV on a special projects team supporting executive leadership. Before Bloomberg, Savello was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, advising global companies on business strategy, transformation, and post-merger integration. She holds an M.A. and B.A. in political science from Yale University.

Sanford Reback is Director of Global Business with Bloomberg Government. At the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, he helped negotiate NAFTA and the agreements establishing the World Trade Organization. He served as an executive at MCI, then a Fortune 100 company; UUNET, then the world's largest Internet services provider; and two venture-backed technology companies. Reback holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School.

Allan Holmes is the technology team leader at Bloomberg Government, working with a team of analysts who cover technology regulation, legislation and spending. Holmes previously worked at National Journal providing breaking news for government technology executives and contractors on IT purchasing and management. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.