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USCIS FY 2006 Report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B)
(818 KB - 12/31/2009)
USCIS issued a report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) from October 2005 to September 2006. The report contains information on the countries of origin, occupations, educational levels, and compensation of aliens issued H-1B visas during FY 2006. AILA Doc. No. 09123169.
AILA Doc. No. 09123169.
USCIS FY 2007 Report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B)
(970 KB - 12/31/2009)
USCIS issued a report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) from October 2006 to September 2007. The report contains information on the countries of origin, occupations, educational levels, and compensation of aliens issued H-1B visas during FY 2007. AILA Doc. No. 09123168.
AILA Doc. No. 09123168.
USCIS FY 2008 Report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B)
(11840 KB - 12/31/2009)
USCIS issued a report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) from October 2007 to September 2008. The report contains information on the countries of origin, occupations, educational levels, and compensation of aliens issued H-1B visas during FY 2008. AILA Doc. No. 09123166.
AILA Doc. No. 09123166.
DHS Issues DRO Reports on Asylum Applicants in Detention
On 12/4/09, DHS issued Detention and Removal Operations reports on asylum applicants in detention and detainees who did not apply for asylum as required by Sections 903 and 904 of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (Public Law 105-277). AILA Doc. No. 09123163.
AILA Doc. No. 09123163.
DHS OIG Report: Medical Care for Detainees
(779 KB - 12/24/2009)
On December 22, 2009, The Office of Inspector General for The Department of Homeland Security released a report originally issued on December 3, 2009, looking at ICE’s process for authorizing medical care for immigration detainees. AILA Doc. No. 09241220.
AILA Doc. No. 09241220.
ICE DRO Detention Center Facility Reviews/Audits Available on FOIA Reading Room
ICE released Detention Center Facility Review/ Audits completed in 2009 on the ICE FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Reviews are available by clicking on the header “Detention Center Facility Review/ Audits Detention & Removal Office (DRO)” on the ICE FOIA Reading Room website. AILA Doc. No. 09121034.
AILA Doc. No. 09121034.
DHS Releases FOIA Annual Report of FY 2008
(1394 KB - 12/10/2009)
DHS issued its FOIA Annual Report of FY 2008 for the period of 10/1/2007 through 09/30/2008. The report includes data on requests to DHS/OGC, USCIS, CBP, CRCL, ICE, US-VISIT and TSA. AILA Doc. No. 09121031.
AILA Doc. No. 09121031.
DHS OIG Report on Age Determination Practices for Unaccompanied Alien Children in ICE Custody
(6424 KB - 12/9/2009)
On 12/8/09, DHS OIG issued a report on age determination practices for unaccompanied alien children in ICE custody. OIG concluded that ICE recognizes the limits of dental or skeletal radiographs and strives to obtain additional information for age determinations. OIG recommended improvements to track age determination data and update guidance. AILA Doc. No. 09120964.
AILA Doc. No. 09120964.
DHS OIG Report on ICE Policies and Procedures Related to Detainee Transfers
(530 KB - 12/3/2009)
On 11/10/09, DHS OIG issued a report on ICE detainee transfer policies and procedures. The OIG recommended that ICE establish a national standard for reviewing each detainee’s administrative file prior to a transfer determination and that ICE develop protocols with EOIR court administrators for exchanging hearing and transfer schedules. AILA Doc. No. 09120361.
AILA Doc. No. 09120361.
DHS Privacy Office FOIA Request Log 2009
(2726 KB - 11/20/2009)
DHS published a DHS Privacy Office FOIA Request Log for 2009 on the DHS FOIA Electronic Reading Room. The log lists FOIA requests from 10/01/08 through 9/30/09. Some information for requests pertaining to individuals is redacted. AILA Doc. No. 09112068.
AILA Doc. No. 09112068.
DHS OIG Report on Monitoring American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Funds
(894 KB - 11/20/2009)
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, DHS received $2.75 billion for various projects to stimulate the U.S. economy. This DHS OIG report discusses the processes used by DHS to assess the accuracy of reports submitted-to it by recipients of Recovery Act funds administered by the department, including CBP and ICE. AILA Doc. No. 09112065.
AILA Doc. No. 09112065.
DHS PIA on Travel and Employment Authorization Listings (TEAL) System
(3122 KB - 11/18/2009)
DHS released a Privacy Impact Assessment on the Travel and Employment Authorization Listings (TEAL) system. USCIS VSC owns and operates TEAL, which consolidates immigration information about applicants from selected USCIS and DHS systems to provide more accessibility to immigration information necessary to determine benefit eligibility. AILA Doc. No. 09111868.
AILA Doc. No. 09111868.
ICE Releases 2006 Annual Detention Center Reviews
ICE released redacted annual detention center reviews completed during 2006 on the ICE FOIA Reading Room. The reviews used the G-324A, Detention Facility Review Form, and the G-324A Worksheet. AILA Doc. No. 09111762.
AILA Doc. No. 09111762.
ICE Releases 2009 Detention Center Compliance Standards Reviews
ICE released redacted Detention Standard Reviews completed during 2009 on the ICE FOIA Reading Room. The scheduled reviews are used to determine general compliance with established ICE National Detention Standards for facilities used for over 72 hours. AILA Doc. No. 09111761.
AILA Doc. No. 09111761.
DHS Releases Privacy Office Annual Report to Congress
(1451 KB - 11/3/2009)
The DHS Privacy Office released its annual report to Congress for the period between July 2008 and July 2009. The report’s scope includes FOIA and privacy programs under CBP, ICE, USCIS, and US-VISIT. Topics covered in the report include border searches of electronic devices, employment verification, visa waiver and WHTI. AILA Doc. No. 09110364.
AILA Doc. No. 09110364.
ICE Releases Privacy Impact Assessment of IDOCX System
(416 KB - 10/29/2009)
On 10/14/09, ICE released a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) of the IDOCX information system, which is owned by the ICE Office of Intelligence. The PIA includes information on the procedures for individuals to request access to records about them in IDOCX. AILA Doc. No. 09102965.
AILA Doc. No. 09102965.
DHS OIG Report: Effectiveness of the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (Redacted)
(4112 KB - 10/16/2009)
DHS OIG released a redacted report on the effectiveness of the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). The report finds that CBP’s redress case processing system does not meet statutory privacy notification requirements. AILA Doc. No. 09101665.
AILA Doc. No. 09101665.
ICE Report on Immigration Detention: Overview and Recommendations
(1132 KB - 10/6/2009)
On 10/6/09, ICE released a report authored by Dr. Dora Schriro, former Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning, providing an overview and recommendations for Immigration Detention. AILA Doc. No. 09100663.
AILA Doc. No. 09100663.
DHS’ Final Online Comment Forum Now Live
The third and final phase of the National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) begins Monday, September 28, 2009, and will run through next Sunday, October 4, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09092880.
AILA Doc. No. 09092880.
Privacy Impact Assessment for the USCIS Customer Relationship Interface System (CRIS)
(4782 KB - 9/24/2009)
USCIS has developed the Customer Relationship Interface System (CRIS) to provide USCIS customers with the status of pending applications and petitions for benefits and processing time information. USCIS updated this PIA due to a Presidential initiative to add text messaging as a capability to the Case Status Service Online module of the CRIS system AILA Doc. No. 09092463.
AILA Doc. No. 09092463.
Secure Border Initiative: Technology Deployment Delays Persist and the Impact of Border Fencing Has Not Been Assessed
(5456 KB - 9/17/2009)
On 9/17/09, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the progress made in the Secure Border Initiative, a multiyear, multibillion dollar program aimed at securing U.S. borders and reducing illegal immigration. AILA Doc. No. 09091772.
AILA Doc. No. 09091772.
Privacy Impact Assessment for ICE’s Fugitive Case Management System (FCMS)
(350 KB - 8/14/2009)
FCMS is an ICE database that processes, tracks, and stores information about aliens who fail to leave after receiving a final order of removal, deportation or exclusion, or who failed to report to ICE after receiving a notice. FCMS supports the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program, which is intended to locate, arrest, and remove fugitive aliens from the United States. AILA Doc. No. 09081365.
AILA Doc. No. 09081465.
DHS' Privacy Impact Assessment for DHS Our Border Network Project
(315 KB - 8/13/2009)
A review of the privacy issues regarding DHS use of the social networking site Ning.com to facilitate the creation of a “civic network” focused on southwest border issues. AILA Doc. No. 09081368.
AILA Doc. No. 09081368.
DHS OIG Report on CBP Vehicle Acquisition and Southwest Border Facility Construction
A 7/14/09 DHS OIG report covers the strengths and weaknesses of CBP’s program to construct Border Patrol facilities on the southwest border and procure a sufficient number of vehicles to accommodate the increase in border patrol agents. AILA Doc. No. 09081166.
AILA Doc. No. 09081166.
DHS Releases Privacy Impact Assessment for the Complaint Tracking System
(253 KB - 8/5/2009)
DHS published a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Complaint Tracking System that the DHS Privacy Office uses to respond to complaints, comments and requests for redress from the public, other government agencies and the private sector. AILA Doc. No. 09080562.
AILA Doc. No. 09080562.
DHS Offers the Assessment for the Quadrennial Review
(219 KB - 8/3/2009)
On July 31, 2009, DHS published the Privacy Impact Assessment for the National Dialogue for the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. The review is a conversation between DHS and stakeholders using a web-based platform, and it will take place on scheduled dates between August and October. AILA Doc. No. 09080371.
AILA Doc. No. 09080371.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment for eBONDS Phase 1
(436 KB - 7/15/2009)
A 7/14/08 DHS Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) of phase 1 of the Bonds Online System (eBONDS) documents the system's use and collection of personally identifiable information. AILA Doc. No. 09071576.
AILA Doc. No. 09071576.
Data on 2008 Immigration Enforcement Actions
(365 KB - 7/14/2009)
DHS Office of Immigration Statistics data on immigration enforcement actions in 2008 includes information on removable foreign nationals who were apprehended and on foreign nationals who were removed, broken down by region and nationality. AILA Doc. No. 09071466.
AILA Doc. No. 09071466.
DHS Report on Immigration Enforcement Actions in 2008
(130 KB - 7/14/2009)
A July 2009 DHS report provides information regarding the apprehension, detention, return and removal of foreign nationals during fiscal year 2008. AILA Doc. No. 09071465.
AILA Doc. No. 09071465.
DHS OIG Report Recommends Better Oversight of Contractors in Secure Border Initiative Programs
(908 KB - 7/10/2009)
This DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report concludes that CBP has not established adequate controls and effective oversight of contract workers providing support services to Secure Border Initiative (SBI) programs. AILA Doc. No. 09071064.
AILA Doc. No. 09071064.
CIS Ombudsman Submits Annual Report 2009 to Congress
(3596 KB - 6/30/2009)
On 6/30/09 the CIS Ombudsman submitted its annual report to congress, which includes eight formal recommendations, eight annual report recommendations and pervasive problems that customers experience. AILA Doc. No. 09063065.
AILA Doc. No. 09063065.
DHS Reports on Trends in Naturalization Rates in 2008
(94 KB - 6/23/2009)
DHS released a fact sheet that provides updated information on the cumulative naturalization rates, and the timing of naturalization through 2008, of immigrants who obtained legal permanent resident status from 1973 through 1999. AILA Doc. No. 09062367.
AILA Doc. No. 09062367.
DHS OIG Releases Report on Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program
(729 KB - 6/23/2009)
A 6/11/09 report from the DHS Office of Inspector General makes five recommendations to the existing regulatory scheme for the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker program. AILA Doc. No. 09062364.
AILA Doc. No. 09062364.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment for US-VISIT Pilot Program to Collect Biometrics upon Exit
(421 KB - 6/11/2009)
On 5/20/09 DHS released a privacy impact assessment for the US-VISIT Air Exit pilot program. The Air Exit program requires the collection of biometric and biographic data from foreign nationals prior to their exit from designated airports, enabling US-VISIT Entry/Exit matching, and identity verification. AILA Doc. No. 09061131.
AILA Doc. No. 09061131.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment for the Compliance Tracking and Management System
(257 KB - 5/26/2009)
On 5/22/09 DHS released a privacy impact assessment for the Compliance Tracking and Management System (CTMS), which collects and uses information necessary to support monitoring and compliance activities related to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) and E-Verify programs. AILA Doc. No. 09052668.
AILA Doc. No. 09052668.
DHS OIG Report on SBI Operational Requirements and Constructing the Border Fence
(1147 KB - 5/11/2009)
An April 2009 DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on CBP’s progress in constructing the tactical infrastructure needed to meet border security mission requirements. AILA Doc. No. 09051168.
AILA Doc. No. 09051168.
DHS OIG Report on ICE Detention Bedspace Management
(897 KB - 5/11/2009)
An April 2009 DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report conveys the findings of an audit to determine whether ICE is acquiring detention bedspace in a cost-effective manner. AILA Doc. No. 09051164.
AILA Doc. No. 09051164.
DHS OIG Report on CBP's Automated Targeting System for Passengers
A 3/23/09 DHS OIG report addresses CBP certification enhancements to the Automated Targeting System for passengers, designed to improve targeting while complying with statutory requirements for handling and securing personal data. AILA Doc. No. 09041465.
AILA Doc. No. 09041465.
DHS OIG Releases Report on Tracking and Transfer of Detainees
(1577 KB - 4/13/2009)
The DHS Office of Inspector General released a March 2009 report on the results of an audit of ICE's detainee tracking and transfer processes. AILA Doc. No. 09041362.
AILA Doc. No. 09041362.
DHS Report on Nonimmigrant Admissions in 2008
(142 KB - 4/10/2009)
The DHS Office of Immigration Statistics released an April 2009 report with data on nonimmigrant admissions in 2008. AILA Doc. NO. 09041060.
AILA Doc. No. 09041060.
DHS Inspector General Releases Report on Detainee Transfers and Medical Exams
On March 17, 2009, the DHS Inspector General released a report detailing issues surrounding detainee transfers and medical exams. The report outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the office of detention and removal. AILA Doc. No. 09040760.
AILA Doc. No. 09040760.
DHS OIG Report on Management Oversight of Immigration Benefit Application Intake Process
(419 KB - 3/27/2009)
The DHS Office of Inspector General recently released this report which addresses the effectiveness of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ management oversight in improving timeliness of the immigration benefits application intake process. AILA Doc. No. 09032761.
AILA Doc. No. 09032761.
DHS OIG Report Concludes High Costs Pose Challenge to REAL ID Implementation
(1182 KB - 3/25/2009)
In a March 2009 report, the DHS Office of Inspector General reviewed the REAL ID program to assess the financial impact on 19 states’ ability to comply with the law and determine whether grants sufficiently mitigated costs. The report concludes that potentially high costs pose a significant challenge to states in their efforts to implement REAL ID. AILA Doc. No. 09032563.
AILA Doc. No. 09032563.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment for US-VISIT Program
(154 KB - 3/10/2009)
Following the publication of a DHS final rule that expanded the population of those subject to US-VISIT requirements to include lawful permanent residents, the department issued a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) of the US-VISIT program. AILA Doc. No. 09031067.
AILA Doc. No. 09031067.
USCIS List of Initial H-1B Employers for FY 2008
(566 KB - 2/27/2009)
USCIS has provided AILA liaison with a list of all employers whose H-1B petitions for initial beneficiaries were approved for FY 2008, including the number of petitions approved for each employer. AILA Doc. No. 09022760.
AILA Doc. No. 09022760.
DHS OIG Report on Removal of Parents of U.S. Citizen Children
(492 KB - 2/17/2009)
On 2/13/09 the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that addresses the number of instances over the past 10 years in which a foreign national parent of a U.S. citizen child was removed from the country. Following the report is a memo in response from John Torres, Acting Assistant Secretary, ICE. AILA Doc. No. 09021767.
AILA Doc. No. 09021767.
ICE Summary Quarterly Review: SEVIS by the Numbers
(207 KB - 1/30/2009)
A 1/5/09 ICE SEVIS General Summary Quarterly Review report for the quarter ending on 12/31/08, includes data on approved schools, as well as F-1 and M-1 students. AILA Doc. No. 09013066.
AILA Doc. No. 09013066.
ICE Report of Investigation into the Death of Detainee Ng
(1616 KB - 1/21/2009)
On 01/12/09, the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility issued a report of investigation surrounding the death of DRO detainee Hui Lui Ng during his detention at the Donald Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Fall, Rhode Island. AILA Doc. No. 09012166.
AILA Doc. No. 09012166.
DHS Privacy Impact Assessment for Correspondence Handling System
On 1/13/09 DHS released a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Correspondence Handling and Management Planning System (CHAMPS), developed by the Texas Service Center to facilitate workflow management (including linking applicants with family members), production evaluation, and time and attendance functions. AILA Doc. No. 09012160.
AILA Doc. No. 09012160.
Interim Report on Collection of Personal Data at E.U. Hotels for Security Purposes
This is an interim report from the DHS Privacy Office on hotel guest registration data collected for security purposes in the E.U. It is the result of investigation of data protection laws in the E.U., undertaken to meet provisions of the 2007 Passenger Name Records (PNR) Agreement. AILA Doc. No. 09011677.
AILA Doc. No. 09011677.
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