USCIS announced on August 25, 2020 they will avert the furlough of 13,400 employees and maintain operations until the end of fiscal year 2020. As a result, there will be extreme spending reductions. USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow commented: “… averting this furlough comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board, with no guarantee we can avoid future furloughs.” This measure includes a down-size of federal contracts that assist the agency’s adjudicators in a variety of activities such as processing and preparing case files. This will also cause an increase in wait times for processing cases, pending case inquiries, and adjudicating adjustment of status applications as well as naturalizations. These changes are necessary to sustain the agency and its employees for now and in the foreseeable future. “A return to normal operating procedures requires congressional intervention to sustain the agency through fiscal year 2021.” Edlow added.