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Immigration and Naturalization Service's Deferred Inspections at Airports
Report Number I-2001-29
September 2001


APPENDIX VI

Analysis and Summary of Actions Necessary to Close Report

The INS response to the audit (Appendix V) describes the actions taken or planned to implement our recommendations. This appendix summarizes our response and the actions necessary to resolve and close the report.

Recommendation Number:

  1. Resolved. In its response, the INS stated that it would need approximately six months to review existing policies and procedures, then modify and disseminate to inspectors in the field updated policies and procedures that clarify actions to be taken when dealing with individuals with criminal records. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG the revised policies and procedures upon completion.

  2. Resolved. The INS stated that it would need approximately six months to establish policies and procedures for individuals who fail to appear for their deferred inspection, and to revise policies and procedures for lookout posting to ensure that the names of these individuals are entered into the appropriate systems. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG these policies and procedures upon completion.

  3. Resolved. The INS stated that follow-up action for the individuals identified as either charged or convicted of aggravated felonies who did not appear for their deferred inspections would be completed by September 30, 2001. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG the results of these actions.

  4. Resolved. In its response, the INS stated that it would need approximately six months to review and clarify policies and procedures to ensure that information provided on the deferral Form I-546 from district to district is both consistent and clearly stated. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG the revised policies and procedures upon completion.

  5. Resolved. The INS stated that it would need approximately six months to revise the Form I-546 and instructions for its preparation requiring inspectors to provide additional data when granting deferred inspections. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG the revised form and instructions upon completion.

  6. Unresolved. In its response, the INS stated that it would pursue the funding for the development and implementation of an automated tracking system for deferred inspections, but did not know how long the process would take from the time funding was approved through implementation. Prior to pursuing funding for the development and implementation of a new system, the INS should determine whether IBIS will meet its long term needs for tracking deferred inspections. If the INS concludes that a new system is required, to resolve the recommendation please provide the OIG with the justification for the proposed system and the projected timetable from development through deployment.

  7. Unresolved. The INS stated that it would have to determine the feasibility and costs of the recommended system changes, request funding, and conduct interagency coordination for the desired changes. The INS further stated that it would report to the OIG within six months with additional information and a timeline for completion. The INS's conducting of a feasibility study and determining the cost of the recommended changes are not necessary because we are recommending "Service-wide" implementation of practices already performed at the [redacted]. In order to resolve the recommendation, please provide the OIG a timetable for establishing and implementing the necessary changes to current policies and procedures governing utilization of IBIS for deferred inspections.

  8. Resolved. Although the INS did not concur with our recommendation, we are resolving this recommendation based on the INS' statement that it has revised the G-22, and that the revised report is now capable of tracking the recommended information, but that inspectors in field offices were not properly completing the report. The INS said that it would reiterate to the field offices the data to be collected and procedures for completing the G-22 report. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG the revised policies and procedures to include the requirement for the reporting of the number of deferred inspections both granted and completed, the number of no-shows, and the source documents from which the data is to be taken. Additionally, please provide us with the policy directive to the field offices reemphasizing reporting requirements upon its issuance.

  9. Resolved. The INS stated that it would need approximately six months to develop or revise the recommended policies and procedures over deferred inspections. Also, the INS said that an additional month would be needed to incorporate changes into the "INSpect guide." In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG with the revised policies and procedures and guide upon completion.

  10. Resolved. The INS stated that it would need approximately six months to establish criteria and standards to measure the performance and the effectiveness of the deferred inspection. In order to close the recommendation, please provide us with the criteria and performance measures when completed.

  11. Resolved. In its response, the INS stated that it would need approximately six months to revise policies and procedures clarifying the recommended actions for inspectors to take when issuing Forms I-94 to aliens whose inspection has been deferred, as well as prescribed coding and updating of the form. In order to close the recommendation, please provide the OIG with the revised policies and procedures upon completion.


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