GAO lists SEVIS monitoring gaps

Abstract

he General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a new report on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), noting several improvements but highlighting a number of outstanding problems. SEVIS is the federal government's technology system to track foreign students, in an effort to limit fraudulent entry into the United States on student visas. According to the GAO's latest report, general levels of service for the system are improved, and several errors in the system have been fixed. The report faults the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, for failing to maintain adequate monitoring procedures. "Without formally monitoring and documenting key system performance requirements, DHS cannot adequately assure itself that potential system problems are identified and addressed early,"according to the report. DHS officials accepted many of the findings in the report but denied their monitoring is deficient; they are resubmitting certain data to the GAO to be reassessed.

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