USCIS announced that it will not have to furlough 13,000 employees, which is about two-thirds its workforce. The furloughs were set to begin on August 30, 2020. The agency cited, “unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts,” as the reason for the recession of the furloughs. USCIS first expected the furloughs to begin earlier in the summer. Those were postponed until August 30. They have now been further averted.
USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow warned, “averting this furlough comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board, with no guarantee we can avoid future furloughs. A return to normal operating procedures requires congressional intervention to sustain the agency through fiscal year 2021.”