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ERIC Number: ED533725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 54
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight Functions. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-12-572
Gambler, Rebecca
US Government Accountability Office
As of January 2012, more than 850,000 active foreign students were in the United States enrolled at over 10,000 U.S. schools. ICE, within DHS, is responsible for managing SEVP and certifying schools to accept foreign students. GAO was asked to review ICE's fraud prevention and detection procedures for SEVP. This report examines the extent to which ICE has (1) identified and assessed risks in SEVP and 2) developed and implemented policies and procedures to prevent and detect fraud during the initial school certification process and once schools begin accepting foreign students. GAO analyzed documents, such as ICE's SEVP procedures, and tested recordkeeping controls by selecting a random sample of 50 SEVP-certified schools and reviewing case files. GAO interviewed officials from SEVP, CTCEU, and 8 of 26 ICE field offices, selected based on a mix of factors, including school fraud investigations and referrals from CTCEU. While the results of the case file reviews and interviews cannot be generalized, they provided insights about SEVP. GAO recommends that ICE, among other things, identify and assess program risks; consistently implement procedures for ensuring schools' eligibility; address missing school case files; and establish target time frames for notifying flight schools that lack required FAA certification that they must re-obtain FAA certification. DHS concurred with the recommendations. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Comments from the Department of Homeland Security; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures and 53 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: United States