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DHS OIG Report: USCIS Should Improve Controls to Restrict Unauthorized Access to Its Systems and Information
Posted on 13 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 7, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not apply the information technology (IT) access controls needed to restrict unnecessary access to its systems, networks, and information. USCIS did not consistently... Read More

Tags: oig , USCIS , DHS , cybersecurity

ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

DHS OIG: CBP Has Taken Steps to Limit Processing of Undocumented Aliens at Ports of Entry
Posted on 5 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Oct. 27, 2020 "In May 2018, DHS and CBP leaders anticipated an increase in undocumented aliens seeking entry at the southern border. In response, the leaders urged undocumented aliens seeking protection under U.S. asylum laws (“asylum... Read More

Tags: cbp , oig , DHS

DOJ OIG Audit Slams EOIR
Posted on 10 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OIG, June 2020 "We found weaknesses in EOIR's budget planning process, and identified three factors that contributed to these weaknesses. First, EOIR leadership failed to coordinate effectively with its budget staff and with the JMD on... Read More

HHS OIG Documents Family Separation SNAFU
Posted on 12 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Mar. 5, 2020 "Interagency communication failures and poor internal management decisions impeded the ability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide prompt and appropriate care for separated children following... Read More

OIG Report: DHS Lacked Technology Needed to Successfully Account for Separated Migrant Families
Posted on 27 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Nov. 25, 2019 "DHS did not have the information technology (IT) system functionality needed to track separated migrant families during the execution of the Zero Tolerance Policy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) adopted various... Read More

HHS OIG: Lack of Tornillo Staff FBI Background Checks, Low Number of Clinicians Pose 'Substantial Risks' to Detained Kids
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Nov. 27, 2018 - "The memorandum was issued in response to two significant vulnerabilities identified by OIG during a site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas (Tornillo), a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC... Read More

Tags: orr , HHS , tornillo , FBI , oig , Children

DHS OIG: 287(g) Expansion Suffers from Lack of Planning
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 19, 2018 - "In the 14 months following the issuance of the January 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program rose from... Read More

Tags: 287(g) , oig , DHS , ICE

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses... Read More

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.
Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic... Read More

Tags: elis , oig , Naturalization , DHS

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE... Read More

Tags: inspections , detention , cbp , oig , DHS , ICE

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed... Read More

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years... Read More

Tags: report , cbp , oig , unmanned , drones , DHS

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured... Read More

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective... Read More

Tags: report , oig , USCIS , automation , DHS