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Political appointed departures @ USCIS - To be ready for new President

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Today a farewell message was aired by the head of USCIS, who will be leaving, León Rodríguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. A political appointee, he will resign and his deputy Lori Scialabba, Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will take over again.


Other points from the farewell message were:


  • Staff have processed 8 million case related work items ( imagine at an average fee of USD$150 the USCIS income is  USD1.2 billion.)
  • The response rate is up 5% on 2015 improving to 66% in 2016. USCIS are a top 23% department for quality of service and hitting of targets in the "secondary level class."
  • 85,000 refugees were processed during 2016 ( Compared to Germany - close to 1 million - highlights efficiency level and impact of paper v computer record management).
  • Questions were raised from the floor including, Nebraska and Vermont being slow to process - he advised he will "look into it."


It was a goodbye message, the interesting thing was you could either dial-in for the teleconference or viewing via Facebook at the USCIS page.




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