The DOS has recently commenced onsite reviews of the largest academic and private sector exchange visitor programs. These onsite reviews are being funded using a portion of the J-1 program designation re-designation fee increase that occurred last October. Several schools have received notice of the onsite reviews along with a check list with the items that the DOS' Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) is requesting from the programs before the site visit. It has been announced that the site visits will take place at the 21 largest academic and government programs sponsors which account for approximately 25% of the total J-1 participants. According to the notice that has been sent out by DOS, the visits will last approximately two days and the programs have been asked to make staff available for interviews and to review documents.