Washington Post: The government’s tech unit is trying to reduce wait times for asylum seekers


“Technologists embedded within the federal government have quietly been rolling out a new tool designed to significantly reduce the amount of time refugees wait to receive a verdict on their asylum applications.”

“Members of the U.S. Digital Service, the elite technology unit that brings in private-sector workers to help the federal government innovate, have created a new tool that could reduce the time it takes for asylum officers to write up a key report in the application process from four hours to 30 minutes. The team’s new online assessment replaces the Microsoft Word documents asylum officers were using to write reports after interviews with asylum seekers.” Read the full article here.

Source: The Technology 202: The government’s tech unit is trying to reduce wait times for asylum seekers – By Cat Zakrzewski, December 5, 2018. Washington Post.



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