Audit: Agency Wrongly Projected Interpreter Costs For Immigration Courts

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 4:54pm
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The Justice Department arm that runs immigration courts wrongly projected the cost of interpreters in 2019, according to an Inspector General audit of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

The audit traces the error to an oddly high monthly cost for interpreters that was not backed up by invoices. It led to a wrong projection that was cited by the Director in an email to staff saying the Executive Office for Immigration Review would have to change budget plans.

The audit says the error meant the agency did not know how much had been spent on interpreters in the months before the government shutdown at the end of 2018, and it could not project how much they’d after it reopened.

The Inspector General recommended coming up with a way to keep an eye on interpreter contracts, and give leaders real-time access to cost and spending estimates. The agency agreed.

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