The following is an excerpt from Eric Pianin | January 27, 2017 | Thefiscaltimes.com |
For now, at least, the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security has prevailed in shuttering a costly automated immigration naturalization processing system that he found has compromised national security.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new Electronic Immigration System, ELIS, was supposed to speed up the cumbersome, complex and manual system for processing immigrants seeking legal status after 11 years of development and $3.1 billion of government spending. A total of approximately 240,000 citizenship and naturalization “N-400 forms” were fed into ELIS between April and August 2016.
But as DHS Inspector General John Roth documented in a report last November, the presumed state-of-the-art computer system had to be shut down because of a spate of technical and design problems that led to frequent power outages, lost casework, the inability of ELIS to access or add information to existing digital platforms, and even mistaken cancelations of applicants’ hearing dates.
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