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GAO Reports – Chemicals Management, Nonimmigrant Visas

  • Chemicals Management: Observations on Human Health Risk Assessment and Management by Selected Foreign Programs, GAO-16-111R: Published: Oct 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2015: “We have repeatedly reported that EPA’s ability to fulfill its mission of protecting public health and the environment is critically dependent on credible and timely assessments of the risks posed by chemicals. In January 2009, we added transforming EPA’s processes for assessing and controlling toxic chemicals to the list of government operations that are high risk based on our reports on EPA’s IRIS Program and EPA’s work under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Regarding the IRIS Program, we previously identified long-standing challenges in such areas as developing sufficient assessment information, and determining the program’s need for people and resources…”
  • Nonimmigrant Visas: State Has Reduced Applicant Interview Wait Times, but Sustainability of Gains Is Uncertain, GAO-15-773: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2015: “Since 2012, the Department of State (State) has undertaken several efforts to increase nonimmigrant visa (NIV) processing capacity and decrease applicant interview wait times. Specifically, it has increased consular staffing levels and implemented policy and management changes, such as contracting out administrative support services. According to State officials, these efforts have allowed State to meet the goals of Executive Order (E.O.) 13597 of increasing its NIV processing capacity by 40 percent in Brazil and China within 1 year and ensuring that 80 percent of worldwide NIV applicants are able to schedule an interview within 3 weeks of State receiving their application.”


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