National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2023, Section 5275 Interim Joint Report

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    This interim report responds to Section 5275 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, Pub. L. No. 117-263, which directed our offices — the Offices of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (State) — to conduct a joint review “of efforts to support and process evacuees from Afghanistan and the Afghanistan special immigrant visa program,” in coordination with the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other appropriate Inspectors General. Section 5275 requires that the review include an assessment of the systems, staffing, policies, and programs used to: (1) screen and vet the evacuees; (2) admit and process the evacuees at U.S. ports of entry; (3) temporarily house the evacuees prior to resettlement; and (4) account for the total number of individuals evacuated from Afghanistan in 2021 with support of the U.S. Government.

    To address the requirements of Section 5275, we coordinated with the Inspectors General from DoD, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Intelligence Community (IC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA). This interim report provides a compilation of OIGs’ work related to Section 5275 requirements.