International Trade: Current Government Data Provide Limited Insight Into Offshoring of Services

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DIANE Publishing, Nov 30, 2004 - Business & Economics - 73 pages
Much attention has focused on the topic of offshoring” of information technology (IT) & other services to lower-wage locations abroad. Offshoring” of services generally refers to an organization's purchase from other countries of services that it previously procured or purchased domestically, such as software programming or telephone call centers. This report: (1) describes the nature of offshoring activities & the factors that encourage offshoring, (2) discuss what U.S. government data show about the extent of this practice by the private sector & Federal & state governments, & (3) discuss available data on the potential effects of services offshoring on the U.S. economy. Charts & tables.

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Page 53 - We determined that these data were sufficiently reliable for the purposes of this report. We also...
Page 62 - Act to provide clear and unambiguous authority for the President to collect information on international investment and United States foreign trade in services, whether directly or by affiliates, including related information necessary for assessing the impact of such investment and trade,5 and to provide analyses of such information to the Congress, the executive agencies, and the general public.
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Page 51 - The panel makes targeted recommendations to the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Page 44 - Scope: Examines 1 8 different occupational categories in the services sector of the US economy. Methodology: Ranks each occupation by four factors related to offshoring, then applies a growing percentage share of jobs offshored (depending on the rank) for 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015.
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Page 59 - US international transactions accounts — travel, passenger fares, "other transportation," royalties and license fees, and "other private services.
Page 59 - The unaffiliated services are disaggregated into six categories: education; financial services; insurance; telecommunications; business, professional, and technical services; and "other unaffiliated services.
Page 29 - We reflected this data in the governmentwide analyses, as well as in the Department of Transportation's profile. We also asked each agency to provide a description of its key 1 The FPDC collects procurement data from approximately 60 executive branch agencies. The Federal Aviation Administration, the US Postal Service, the legislative and judicial branches, and several other government entities are not required to report their procurement activities to the FPDC.

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