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Identity Fraud: Prevalence and Links to Alien Illegal Activities
GAO-02-830T: Published: Jun 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2002.
Identity theft involves "stealing" another person's personal identifying information, such as their Social Security number, date of birth, or mother's maiden name, and using that information to fraudulently establish credit, run up debt, or take over existing financial accounts. Another pervasive category is the use of fraudulent identity documents by aliens to enter the United States illegally to...
Immigration Enforcement: Challenges to Implementing the INS Interior Enforcement Strategy
GAO-02-861T: Published: Jun 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2002.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) developed strategies in the 1990s to control illegal immigration across U.S. borders and to address enforcement priorities within the country. In 1994, INS's Border Patrol issued a strategy to deter illegal entry through "prevention through deterrence;" that is, to raise the risk of being apprehended for illegal aliens to where they would consider i...
Customs and INS: Information on Inspection, Infrastructure, Traffic Flow, and Security Matters at the Detroit Port of Entry
GAO-02-595R: Published: Apr 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2002.
Concerns have been raised about the effects of heightened security at two border crossings in Detroit--the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. In the wake of September 11, the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) increased the number and thoroughness of inspections and questioned all bridge and tunnel travelers, leading to truck wait times that ex...
INS Forensic Document Laboratory: Several Factors Impeded Timeliness of Case Processing
GAO-02-410: Published: Mar 13, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2002.
With nearly 200 countries using unique passports, official stamps, seals, and visas, the potential for immigration document fraud is great. The Immigration and Naturalization Service's Forensic Document Laboratory is the only federal laboratory dedicated to fraud detection. The Laboratory's budget was $4.1 million in fiscal year 2001, 15 percent higher than in fiscal year 1999. The Laboratory had...
Immigration Benefit Fraud: Focused Approach Is Needed to Address Problems
GAO-02-66: Published: Jan 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2002.
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officials believe that some aliens are using the benefit application process to carry out illegal activities, such as crimes of violence, narcotics trafficking, and terrorism. The extent of immigration benefit fraud is unknown, but INS officials and others believe that this problem will increase as smugglers and other criminal enterprises use fraud to b...
Customs and INS: Comparison of Officers' Pay
GAO-02-21: Published: Nov 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2001.
The U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) use different provisions to calculate pay for officers. Fundamental differences in how work is scheduled and how hours are counted also result in pay differences. For overtime, Sunday, and holiday work, Customs officers are generally paid for hours worked, whereas INS officers are often paid on the basis of minimum perio...
Customs and INS: Random Inspection Programs Can Be Strengthened
GAO-02-215R: Published: Dec 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2001.
This report reviews the U.S. Customs Service's Compliance Measurement Examination (COMPEX) and Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) Inspections Traveler Examination (INTEX). These programs, which help Customs and INS assess the nature and extent of enforcement risks at ports of entry, compare violations found during targeted inspections with violations found during random inspections. GA...
Illegal Aliens: INS's Processes for Denying Aliens Entry Into the United States
GAO-02-220T: Published: Nov 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) processes for denying aliens entry at airports and other points of entry, including the expedited removal and credible fear processes. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 included a provision--expedited removal--for dealing with aliens who try to enter the United States by engaging in fr...
Immigration And Naturalization Service: Overview of Recurring Management Challenges
GAO-02-168T: Published: Oct 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2001.
The Immigration and Naturalization's (INS) organizational structure has led to recurring management problems, including an inability to balance competing priorities, poor communications, and weaknesses in the development and fielding of critical information technology. Although restructuring may help, INS will still need to assemble the basic building blocks essential to any organization. These bu...
Securing America's Borders: INS Faces Information Technology Planning and Implementation Challenges
GAO-02-148T: Published: Oct 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 2001.
Information technology (IT) management process controls are predictors of organizational success in developing, acquiring, implementing, operating, and maintaining IT systems and related infrastructure. GAO found that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has not implemented practices associated with effective IT investment and enterprise architecture management. Furthermore, these inv...