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Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today requested a study from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) on issues related to offshore IT services outsourcing.  Smith was joined on the letter by Congressman Jay Inslee (D-Wash.).

“With our unemployment rate continuing to climb and the recession continuing, we must develop a new jobs plan and an industrial plan for the nation.  We need to know where the new jobs are going to be.  We need to know where the high skill jobs are right now.  We’re investing in retraining for workers who are looking to upgrade their skills for the New Economy and we want to make sure that we’re steering them towards industries where there will be jobs in the future,” said Smith.  “I’m requesting this GAO study today specifically to look at the costs and risks associated with offshore IT services outsourcing because it has become increasingly common for U.S. organizations to outsource IT services overseas, generally because of perceived cost savings and to enhance competitiveness in a global economy.  But I’m concerned that we may be training individuals at home for jobs that are being sent overseas and I want to make sure that we better understand this issue.”

Smith’s request to the GAO is part of a larger effort he is undertaking to examine the U.S. job market and future growth and trends in industrial sectors.  His request asks GAO to:

(1) research the trends in this area, to include customer service technical employees, aerospace engineering employees, among other industries, as well as those at the various levels of government;

(2) identify the major benefits and risks, including strategies for addressing the risks;

(3) determine the federal government’s policies, including the impact, if any, of the Buy American Act, for non-weapons systems related to this issue;

(4) explain the treatment of IT outsourcing in U.S. trade policy; and

(5) provide policy recommendations for ensuring – and enhancing – U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. 

Congressman Adam Smith is a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition and represents Washington state’s 9th District.  He has consistently fought for policies to expand the New Economy and empower all Americans to succeed in it, supporting investment in research and development, meaningful unemployment compensation, health care, and retraining programs.

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) and Sara Smith welcomed their second child, son Jack Evers Smith into the world at 12:58pm today.  Jack Evers Smith was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.  Both mother and child are doing very well and expected to go home in a few days.

The Smiths’ first child, a daughter Kendall, was born in August of 2000.

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program has approved $2.7 million for the King County Police Department to help pay for the salary and benefits to hire additional sworn officers to perform community policing and homeland security activities.  The funding comes from COPS Universal Hiring Program (UHD) and will permit the addition of 15 positions dedicated to the investigation and conclusion of the Green River Serial Killer investigation with the King County Police Department over the next three years.

“I’m very excited about the release of today’s funding,” Smith said.  “The Green River case is the largest unsolved serial murder case in U.S. history and the extraordinary scope and magnitude of the investigation exceeds the capacity of our local resources. This has been a 20-year investigation, with over 10,000 pieces of case evidence gathered and over 1 million pages of case files collected.  Due to budget constraints the Sheriff has been forced to pull detectives off the case and rearrange department rosters to continue work.  Today’s announcement is great news for the department and great news for the people of South Puget Sound – we’re moving forward to get this case wrapped up.”

Smith has been working with the King County Police Department for the last three years to secure the funding and federal support necessary to conclude this case and has secured $750,000 in federal earmarks explicitly for DNA testing in the Green River Killer investigation in the Commerce, Justice and State Appropriation Bill in Fiscal Year 2002 and the Omnibus Appropriations Bill in Fiscal Year 2003.  Today’s hiring funding announcement is the latest in a long series of steps that Smith has taken to ensure the department’s success in this case. 

Last month, Smith authored a letter, signed also by Washington Reps. Jennifer Dunn, Jim McDermott and Jay Inslee to COPS Director Carl Peed request these discretionary funds under the COPS Universal Hiring Program to fund nine positions for the King County Washington Sheriff’s Office.  Smith declared that the officers would be dedicated to investigating the Green River Serial Murder cases, and requested a full waiver of the local match requirements for these positions for 3 years due to fiscal distress affecting King County, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State.  It is from this letter that today’s funding announcement stems.

The UHD program provides up to 75 percent of the total cost of salary and benefits of each new officer over a period of three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer.  COPS has awarded more than $6.8 billion in grants to over 12,900 law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring of more than 117,000 officers.  In addition to helping local law enforcement agencies expand their ranks, the COPS Office also provides community policing training and technical assistance.

For more information on the UHD program, please visit  To speak with the King County Police Department, please contact Sergeant Kevin Fagerstrom, Media Relations Officer at (206) 296-7528.

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced this morning that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) office of Community Planning and Development has awarded the City of Kent a grant for $973,000 and the City of Lakewood a grant of $806,000.

“These grants are very exciting for the cities of Kent and Lakewood and their citizens,” Smith said.  “The funding will allow these cities to undertake housing and community development activities that will benefit low and moderate income residents.  This will provide a tremendous boost for both Kent and Lakewood.”

For more information on the grants please visit

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that in order to ensure he doesn’t miss the birth of his second child in mid-June, he will remain in Washington state through the month of June and return to D.C. in July for votes.

“Being 2,500 miles away when you’re expecting a child gives you a 50-50 chance of making it back in time for the birth,” Smith said.  “Those odds aren’t good enough – I can’t miss the birth of my child.  The baby could come at any time and I need to be there for my wife, my daughter and the new baby.”

Smith and Sara, his wife, have a daughter, Kendall, born in August of 2000.  They are expecting the birth of their second child, a son, in mid-June.