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But before the analyst could make that determination regarding CMB Exports, the manager intervened. “Let me know who has this file,” the manager wrote in an April 26, 2012, email. “We received an expedite inquiry on this and we need to move the case.” The email chain does not specify who issued the expedite order.

The analyst, whose name The Times is withholding because he fears that being identified might harm his future employment prospects, said contract economists under his supervision had noted “potential red flags” with the application.

The analyst said in an email at the time that he found the application “suspicious” and called for additional review of the foreign investors with assistance from “national security agencies.”

But the emails show that, far from being subject to additional review, the CMB application was routed directly to the manager for expedited adjudication after she instructed a contract economist that the analyst’s involvement in the process “was not necessary.”

The manager’s actions “highlight that [the office’s] chain of command pays lip service to the notion of rigor and due diligence,” while fast-tracking the process for the “benefit of external political stakeholders acting on behalf of wealthy and politically connected EB-5 applicants under review,” according to the analyst, who has conducted internal audits for several other Cabinet-level federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

The analyst told The Times that EB-5 economic reviews of applicants were routinely rushed through the process in four to five days during the months he worked there. Often, he said, the application would arrive, as did the one from Mr. McAuliffe’s car company, on a fast track with instructions from the manager that Mr. Mayorkas “needs this fast.”

Sometimes, the analyst said, the manager would invoke Donald Neufeld, associate director of field operations, or Barbara Velarde, the No. 2 official in the CIS service centers operation, both of whom are based in Washington.

In December, Mr. Mayorkas announced he would be transferring the program from Laguna Niguel to Washington. Spokesman Christopher Bentley said the move was “a direct reflection of CIS‘ continued prioritization of the program’s integrity,” and the agency’s new focus on fraud detection and prevention.

“In recent years, the EB-5 program has grown steadily in both volume and complexity,” Mr. Bentley said, adding the office in Washington was “staffed primarily with officers who have economic, business, and legal backgrounds and expertise.

The move, completed in May, also made it easier to tap the skills of federal police and intelligence agencies, allowing CIS officials “to work directly and at a high level with our law enforcement and security partners across the federal government.”