Sneak Preview: USCIS To Evaluate Immigration Program Goals

February 16, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Officials with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plan to evaluate federally funded immigration integration efforts during the next two years to determine what the goals of the program should be.

USCIS, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, provides competitive grants to public and private nonprofit organizations to help them assist immigrants in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens. The agency supports immigrant integration though outreach activities, educational materials and by administering the Citizen and Integration Grant Program.

The agency has developed measures to assess the performance of its grantees, such as evaluating the number of participants in citizenship instruction and naturalization preparedness programs. However, the Government Accountability Office found that USCIS has not been gathering sufficient data from its grant recipients.

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