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Oct 18, 2019

Where is the Senate Select Committee Report?

It has been almost two years since a series of public hearings were conducted by the Senate Special Select Committee into the findings of the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department.  That document chronicled the goings-on, including various procedural irregularities, within the department during the period 2011 to 2013 and the resulting testimonies made for fiery exchanges during the sessions.  But a formal report from the Chair of the Senate Special Select Committee is yet to be tendered, despite the time that has elapsed since the hearings concluded.  So are the sheaves of documents simply languishing in an office somewhere?  This afternoon, Senator Aldo Salazar sat down with the media to provide an update on the pending report.  While work has commenced on the document, it is nowhere near completion, suffice to say that it will be finished in time for the 2020 general elections.

 

Aldo Salazar

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“We’ve gotten through the stage of compilation of information which took a lot of time.  We’ve gotten to the point that we have all the documentation and so I think it would have been in maybe April of this year that I would have started in earnest to work on drafting the report.  So we have been two years at least, well not two years yet.  We’re coming upon two years, but it’s a significant amount of time and I understand the concern, but I can only say that I am working on it.  On the last occasion, I did give a timeline which I was unable to keep and I must apologize for that.  The exigencies of my professional life as well as my personal life have not allowed me to complete, that’s not to say it won’t be completed and it’s not an excuse.  But that is the reality and I am working on it.  That’s all I can say.”

 

Reporter

“So just putting into perspective the volume of work that the committee did with the amount of hours spent in the testimonies and all of that, putting that stuff into text.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Well, it’s, the testimony I would estimate it at maybe two hundred or so hours or more, and then after that there is not only the testimony but there is the deliberations, the meetings and so on of the committee.  So it’s, I would say about three hundred hours.  That’s not including personal time and reading through the volumes.  I showed you the stack of papers I have taking up residence on my couch here in my office and it’s a significant amount and that’s not even half.”


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