We initiated this follow-up inspection to determine whether INS developed and implemented procedures to flag automated database records of aliens suspected of obtaining immigration documents and benefits fraudulently and whether the recommendation had the intended effect. We found that INS did comply with our recommendation to institute flagging procedures by flagging the records provided by the OIG as a result of our 1996 inspection. However, the flagging procedures are not complete. We discovered that neither the flagging procedures nor the boilerplate language include steps adjudicators must follow to have the NAILS records and flags removed. INS adjudicators are either not checking CIS, or are not following through with steps that would have the NAILS record and flag removed, therefore defeating the purpose of the flagging procedures. Finally, INS has not made adequate efforts to obtain information from the OIG for INS personnel to effectively investigate aliens associated with OIG cases where genuine immigration documents and benefits were obtained fraudulently. In an effort to assist INS in addressing these issues, we propose that INS take the following measures.
The OIG, Inspections Division recommends that the Commissioner, INS: