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On February 25, 2010, VSC Director Dan Renaud informed those present at
the AILA New England Chapter CLE meeting that there has been a change
in the structure of the performance review structure for adjudication
officers. In the past, adjudication officers were given credit for the
issuance of approvals and denials, a new performance review policy gives
adjudication officers credit for issuing Requests for Evidence (RFEs).
AILA requested for clarification regarding the “credit” given
for the issuance of RFEs. VSC has clarified the USC Director’s statement
by stating that the “credit” policy for these RFEs is meant
to encourage better quality RFEs. According to VSC , there was concern
that because examiners were not given “credit” for RFEs, not
enough time was being spent by the examiners on the RFEs, and as a result
RFEs that were not appropriate were being issued. The objective behind
giving examiners credit for RFEs is to ensure that more time is spent
on them and thereby improving the quality of RFEs.
VSC stated that an increase in the number of RFEs is not anticipated,
and noted that the RFE rate has remained consistent.