DOL’s problems of late aren’t limited to their inability to meeting their regulatory goals. The Department’s computer system to handle applications for temporary work visas (H-2B Visas) crashed earlier this week in the face of unprecedented demand. According to the DOL Employment and Training Administration, just under 100,000 foreign workers applied for the 33,000 visas made available on January 1st. The H-2B visa program, managed by DOL’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unit, allows employers to hire foreign workers for temporary non-agricultural work on a one-time, seasonal basis. Under existing guidelines, the program makes 33,000 H-2B visas available twice each year. DOL plans to give advance notice of at least 24 hours before its iCERT system is re-started.