McCaskill wants answers on immigration IT

The ranking Democrat on the Senate on Homeland Security committee wants to see acquisition and decision documentation as well as alternatives for the beleaguered DHS immigration processing system dubbed ELIS.

Claire McCaskill
 

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is worried about reactivating a troubled USCIS immigration system.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee wants answers on a DHS plan to restart the troubled Electronic Immigration System, after months out of service. 

"It's a threat to our national security if we're sending out incorrect or duplicate green cards which could wind up in the hands of terrorists or criminals," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said in a July 12 letter on the much-criticized ELIS system.

McCaskill said plans at DHS to restart the system prompted the department's inspector general to

In a July 10 letter to USCIS Acting Director James McCament, McCaskill noted that the DHS IG had also testified in March that the system may have resulted in 20,000 reports about missing immigration green cards.

"The Department of Homeland Security cannot and should not plan to use this technology again unless they're absolutely sure they've resolved any remaining problems," said McCaskill.

McCaskill requested a briefing on the system and the agency's plans for addressing the IG's concerns. She asked to see all acquisition documents associated with the system, including contracts and decision memos. McCaskill also said she wanted to see a five-year budget plan and analyses of ELIS alternatives.

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