DHS OIG releases 287(g) report

"In this review, we determined that ICE needs to continue efforts to implement our prior recommendations. In addition, we identified challenges that may reduce the effectiveness of a review process intended as a resource for ensuring compliance with 287(g) program requirements. ICE needs to (1)...

The "Grassley Report" - From Troubling to Ludicrous

NOTE: Everyone, from practitioners to journalists to USCIS examiners, should read and heed Eleanor Pelta's wise words. Senator Grassley: The Puppetmaster? 01/09/2012, 6:49 pm "Written by: Eleanor Pelta Over the past few days the lyrics of an old classic song by Buffalo Springfield...

US-VISIT vs. GIGO: No Contest

US-VISIT Faces Challenges in Identifying and Reporting Multiple Biographic Identities (Redacted) - DHS OIG, Aug. 13, 2012 . - "US-VISIT faces challenges in systematically identifying and flagging potential use of fraudulent biographic identities. Our analysis of Automated Biometric Identification...

Justice Department Issues Negative Report on EOIR Management of BIA, Immigration Courts

"The OIG found that immigration court performance reports are incomplete and overstate the actual accomplishments of these courts. These flaws in EOIR’s performance reporting preclude the Department from accurately assessing the courts’ progress in processing immigration cases or identifying...

Immigration Judges Behind on Caseload

"The government is not keeping up with the caseload in federal immigration courts, even with an increase in the number of judges handling the cases, the Justice Department inspector general reported Thursday. In a report, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said record-keeping by the immigration...

DHS OIG Final Report: Implementation of L-1 Visa Regulations

"Senator Charles Grassley requested that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General examine the potential for fraud or abuse in the L-1 intracompany transferee visa program. The L-1 visa program facilitates the temporary transfer of foreign nationals with management, professional...

DHS OIG on CBP Use of Force

"Attached for your action is our revised final report, CBP Use of Force Training and Actions To Address Use of Force Incidents – Redacted (Revised), OIG-13-114. We incorporated the formal comments from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the final report. This revised version is redacted...

Framing the New Office L Visa Petition...With Help from DHS OIG

"An individual seeking to transfer to the United States as a manager or executive (specialized knowledge employees will not be addressed in this blog) comes to you for help. She may be interested in opening a new office, or may be transferred to an existing company that has been operating for more...

EB-5 Audit Report: DHS OIG Gives USCIS Low Marks

"Our audit objective was to determine whether the USCIS’ Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program is administered and managed effectively. Several conditions prevent USCIS from administering and managing the Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program effectively...

Williams Mullen Health Care Fraud and Abuse Alert: What CMS’s New Billing Requirement For ‘Incident To” Services Means For Medicare Providers

By Brian C. Vick In the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 (“2014 PFS”), CMS implemented a new condition of payment for “incident to” services that has significant fraud and abuse implications for any Medicare provider who relies on reimbursement revenue from these...

DHS OIG Censors Recommendations to Curb Use of Deadly Force by CBP

"It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks and other objects at agents. Many law enforcement experts say the best option is to take cover or move elsewhere when these “rocking” incidents...

Norton Rose Fulbright: OIG Releases FY 2014Work Plan Summary

By Frederick Robinson , Megan Fanale Engel , Cori Annapolen Goldberg and Selina Coleman On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its Work Plan for fiscal year 2014. The OIG announced that in the upcoming year, it will continue...

Williams Mullen: OIG 2014 Work Plan Focuses On Compounded Pharmaceuticals Reimbursed By Medicare

By Brian C. Vick The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) included two items in its recently-released 2014 Work Plan indicating a new focus on the quality and safety of compounded pharmaceuticals reimbursed by Medicare. Pharmaceutical...

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: OIG Work Plan 2014: Takeaways for Hospitals

By Gayland Hethcoat With the release of its work plan for fiscal year 2014 on Jan. 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has provided insight on the agency’s current enforcement priorities in Medicare, Medicaid, and other HHS programs...

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

"Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing...

Williams Mullen: OIG 2014 Compendium Highlights Need For Improved Controls For Pharmacy Claims Submitted To Medicare Part D Plans For Payment

By Brian C. Vick and C. Elizabeth Hall In its March 2014 Compendium of Priority Recommendations (the “Compendium”), the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) identified a number of prescription drug-related priorities...

USCIS Computer System Slower Than Old-Fashioned Paper-Pushing

"After six years of development, a new automated system for processing immigration forms takes twice as long as processing applications by hand, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog. The $1.7 billion information technology project, called Transformation, began under a...

Click 150 Times If You 'Like' ELIS

"USCIS’ IT systems do not fully provide the functionality needed to support its mission. For example, as part of its Transformation program, USCIS created ELIS, an electronic immigration system. The aim of ELIS is to provide a more efficient and higher quality adjudication process. However...

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...