President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday that requires federal agencies to prioritize U.S. labor in federal contracts, ensure only American citizens are appointed to the competitive service, and stop employers from moving H-1B workers into jobs in a way that displaces U.S. workers.
“We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first,” Trump said in a statement.
The president signed the “Hiring American” order at a meeting of technology workers at the White House on Aug. 3, during which Trump announced that two members of the federally-owned Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) had been fired for actions that prompted the order.
The White House said in a release that the “Hiring American” order follows a recent announcement by TVA that it plans to outsource 20 percent of its tech jobs to foreign countries. The statement said TVAs action could lead to over 200 highly-skilled American technology workers in Tennessee to lose their jobs to low-cost foreign workers hired on temporary work visas.
“TVAs decision is also expected to cost the local economy tens of millions of dollars over the next 5 years,” the statement said, adding that Trumps action would “combat employers misuse of H-1B visas, which were never intended to replace qualified American workers with low-cost foreign labor.”
Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that he fired the chair of TVA, claiming the authority betrayed American workers. He said the TVA board must hire a new chief executive officer that “puts the interests of Americans first.”
With the overarching aims of “preventing harmful outsourcing” and “preserving jobs for the American people,” the Aug. 3 Executive Order will require all federal agencies to complete an audit meant to ensure compliance with a requirement that only American citizens and nationals are appointed to the U.S. governments competitive service. The federal workforce consists of some two million civilian employees, with around two-thirds of them in competitive service, with the remainder in twRead More From Source