also reduce the likelihood of unconscious bias on the part of those making employment selection decisions. And, while structured assessment techniques are likely to be more useful for jobs involving Category 2 work, they can be used to identify certain attributes that are necessary for Category 1 work as well.

Whether temporary immigration and outreach to the underrepresented should be linked explicitly in a policy sense is essentially a political question on which the committee is explicitly silent. Nevertheless, encouraging members of underrepresented groups to develop their talents in areas relevant to IT makes sense for reasons of economics and social policy. Economically, a tight labor market should imply the development of all sources of talent. Socially, such encouragement strengthens the commitment to fairness and equity in a democratic society.

Finally, it is important to note that while some of these approaches to making more effective use of the existing workforce are well-known, execution and follow-through are as essental as awareness of the strategies.



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