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May 28, 2003

Congresswoman probing use of Indian IT workers by US insurance firms

According to a report in The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Republican Congresswoman Nancy Johnson has requested five leading American insurance companies with offices in Connecticut--Aetna Inc., CIGNA Corp, The Hartford Financial Services Group, The Phoenix Cos. Inc and Travelers Property Casualty Corp--to reveal how many Indian citizens they are employing in their IT departments.

The report said Johnson wants to know how many Indians the companies employ on H-1B visas now, whether that number has grown during the past two years and how many American IT workers the companies have laid off. "The congresswoman's interest in this is to see that Connecticut jobs are protected and that the law is followed," Johnson's press secretary said in the report.

The report pointed out that 165 employees of Infosys Technologies worked at various US offices of Aetna (as of last June) and 400 more of the company's employees served Aetna from India.

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Extract from InformationWeek article:

Aetna Inc., which responded to Johnson's query, has cut IT staff 13% to 2,500. It employs 13 H-1B visa holders and contracts about 90 workers through India-based Infosys for what a spokesman calls "a contingent, on-demand workforce."

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