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USCIS starts sending furlough notices

Furlough notices are going out to employees at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Washington Post reported. Furloughs would start Aug. 3.

USCIS relies on fees generated by immigration and naturalization services, which have slowed to a trickle during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hints of potential furloughs surfaced in mid-May when Joseph Edlow, the acting head of USCIS, emailed employees telling them that USCIS “will exhaust its funding this summer, and without congressional intervention, we risk not being able to make payroll and will have to take drastic actions to keep the agency afloat.”

According to the Washington Post, the Office of Management and Budget recently alerted Congress to the fact that USCIS does not have sufficient funding for the rest of this year and the first quarter of 2021, but did not include details for a budget supplement, making it difficult for Congress to address the agency’s budget shortfall.

“The threatened furloughs at USCIS would be the most extensive in the federal workforce since mid-2013, when numerous agencies put some employees in unpaid status for several days scattered over the summer because of ‘sequestration’ budget limits,” the article said.

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