May 29, 2007

US Immigration Officials Rejects Ombuds' Reform Proposal

The Department of Homeland Security has rejected a recommendation from Prakash Khatri, Ombudsman for Citizenship and Immigration Services. Supporters said the proposal could cut green card waiting times and save applicants 15 million hours spent waiting in government lines. According to Khatri, the agency rejected the plan because renewal fees accrued during immigration backlogs generate 20 percent of the agency's budget. (Boston Globe.)

Of course, a recommendation like this is outside the IOA Standards of Practice for organizational ombuds.

(Related post Lawsuits Seeking Immigration Reform Cite Ombuds Report.)

1 comment:

  1. After further thought ... maybe the recommendation could be within the standards since it's addressing a systemic problem.