US: Civilian Agencies Help Fuel Growth in Translation Contracts


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Civilian Agencies Help Fuel Growth in Translation Contracts

With growing immigrant populations and greater enforcement of discrimination laws, domestic US civilian demand for language services is rising. This is sparking an increase in government translation contracts. A report from Common Sense Advisory found that broad enforcement of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination in federally funded programs, means agencies are required to translate documents and function as interpreters. "We're starting to see more litigation and the Justice Department investigating more complaints on this issue," notes analyst Nataly Kelly. Meanwhile, spending on language services has increased substantially in Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Social Security Administration. Kelly says that translation services contracts are frequently more cost-effective than setting up in-house language programs, as language contractors can develop fluency in a specific language and maintain it as their core competency. Common Sense Advisory forecasts that language services contracts will continue to expand during the Obama presidency, as the administration's plans for foreign trade, diplomacy, and domestic multiculturalism call on the federal government to maintain its use of translation and interpreting services.

From "Civilian Agencies Help Fuel Growth in Translation Contracts" (DC) (02/12/10) Lambertson, Jessica

Source: ATA Newsbriefs - February 2010


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