More good work coming from the CIS Ombudsman. In this case, it's new recommendations to address ongoing problems with USCIS issuing employment authorization documents in a timely manner and making it difficult to quickly resolve problems when delays occur. There report can be found here. Here's a quick run down of the major recommendations:

  1. Establish methods at local offices to facilitate immediate resolution;

  2. Establish a uniform processing time goal of 45 days for adjudication and 60 days for issuance of an EAD;

  3. Improve monitoring and ensure real-time visibility through an automated system for tracking processing times;

  4. Follow established internal procedures for issuing interim EADs in cases where background checks are pending; and

  5. Issue replacement EADs with validity dates beginning on the date the old EAD expires.