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Document Number: 10336

Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight - This report examines the extent to which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has (1) identified and assessed risks in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and (2) developed and implemented policies and procedures to prevent and detect fraud during the initial school certification process and once schools begin accepting foreign students. The report finds that ICE has not developed a process to identify and analyze program risks, in accordance with internal controls standards and risk management guidance. Within ICE, officials from SEVP and the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTCEU), which tracks, coordinates, and oversees school fraud investigations, have expressed concerns about the fraud risks posed by schools that do not comply with requirements. Investigators said that identifying and assessing risk factors, such as the type of school, are critical to addressing potential vulnerabilities posed across the more than 10,000 SEVP-certified schools. (U.S. GAO, June 2012)...

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