Friday’s News Roundup

The White House is making good on its word to bring IT work back
in-house. That means a decade of ever-growing contract work is coming to
an end. Fiscal 2011 will see a 5 percent drop in contract spending. [Government Executive]

In Clarksville, Tenn.,
Hemlock Semiconductor plans to hire 500 full-time workers before its $1.2
billion facility begins manufacturing polysilicon in late 2012. [Clarksville
Online
]

In Colorado, Afni is opening a call center that is expected to employ 500. Hiring will begin immediately and include 250 new jobs by early December.
[Greely
Tribune
]

In a sign that layoffs are declining, applications for
unemployment benefits fell last week for the fourth time in five weeks. Some
companies are hiring despite the weak economy. Siemens, for example, has 1,200 job openings. About 40 percent require an engineering
or information technology background.
[Reuters
via Google
]

Finally, if you’re reading this at your in desk during lunch
in between bites, count yourself among the majority of Americans who don’t leave
their workspace to take a meal. Most
simply work though lunch. [Las
Vegas Review Journal
]

— Dino Londis 

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