Employees Concerned After Agency Threatens Furloughs Over Budget Shortfall

Government Executive: The federal agency in charge of immigration services is threatening “drastic actions” aimed at the workforce due to a budget shortfall, leaving workers panicked and unclear on what the future holds for them.

Officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a fee-funded agency, told employees in recent days that a significant drop off in application processing due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to an unexpected loss in revenue, potentially leaving the agency unable to meet payroll. USCIS is asking Congress for a $1.2 billion cash injection to help offset the losses, saying it will increase its fees by 10% to reimburse the appropriation.

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