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USAID, the federal agency that works primarily to "extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms," seems to have its mission a little backwards.

A new program will help corporations take advantage of "low labor costs" overseas.

InformationWeek explains:

Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $36 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

Under the program, USAID, led by Obama appointee Rajiv Shah, will help to train workers in advanced IT skills like Java programming, business process outsourcing, call center support, and will also help workers improve their English.

It will then start moving jobs overseas. More from InformationWeek:

Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.

No mincing words there.

Read more about the program-and unabashed criticisms of it-from InformationWeek or in commentary at Open Left.