This document includes the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC’s) response to the FDASIA: Request for Comments on the Development of a Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology. BPC’s response is based on a report it developed and released on February 13, 2012, An Oversight Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Health Information Technology.
It is critical to remember that we are working to improve a fundamentally flawed system. We must be careful that, in pursuing our own individual ideals, we do not sacrifice good results for the sake of the perfect, leaving in place the current broken structure.
On July 18, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new E-Verify program evaluation from its external evaluator, Westat. The new report contains two measures of E-Verify’s accuracy: a new measure called the final non-confirmation (FNC) accuracy rate and an existing measure called the erroneous tentative non-confirmation rate (TNC).
The Agenda for Generational Equity is a conversation starter. We cannot afford to have young Americans—“Millennials”—on the sidelines for critical debates about our nation’s future. Though no exact definition exists, we, the Millennials, are the generation of young Americans born between the early 1980s and early 2000s.
It is a common misconception that nearly all unauthorized immigrants sneak across our southern border. However, Pew Research Center estimated that in 2006, 40 to 50 percent of unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the U.S. had entered the country legally but overstayed their visa. Today, the U.S. cannot effectively track or verify whether temporary visitors leave the country before expiration of their visas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in 2007 that without the ability to biometrically track international travelers exiting the country the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “cannot ensure the integrity of the immigration system by identifying and removing those people who have overstayed their original period of admission.”
For most of U.S. history, little to no security existed along the southwest border with Mexico. This began to change after the U.S. enacted its first immigration quotas in the late 19th century. Irregular efforts to patrol the border began in 1904, and Congress officially established the Border Patrol in 1924. Early efforts focused mainly on unauthorized Chinese immigration and unlawful liquor smuggling.