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DOJ/EOIR RIN: 1125-AA81 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Executive Office for Immigration Review Electronic Case Access and Filing 

EOIR intends to revise a number of existing regulations and create new regulations, where needed, as it moves forward with the next phases of its electronic case access and filing system to provide for the option of electronic submission of information, when practicable, as a substitute for paper. In 2013, EOIR published a final rule, Registry for Attorneys and Representatives (RIN 1125-AA39), establishing an electronic registration process to register attorneys and accredited representatives as a condition of practicing before immigration judges and the BIA. This rule was the initial step in a multiyear, multi-phased initiative to make the transition to an electronic case access and filing system within EOIR. This endeavor is intended to comply with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Public Law 105-277 ("GPEA") and the E-Government Act of 2002, Public Law 107-347, Dec. 17, 2002, ("E-Gov Act") to achieve the Department's vision for improved immigration adjudication processing and to meet the public expectations for electronic government. The GPEA provides that, when practicable, Federal agencies will provide for the electronic submission of information. The E-Gov Act is intended to enhance OMB's management and promotion of electronic government services and processes utilizing a broad framework of measures that require, amongst a number of initiatives, the use of internet based and emerging information technologies to enhance citizen participating and access to Government information and services. EOIR anticipates considerable cost savings from the further expansion of its electronic filing systems including, but not limited to, the elimination of costs for managing and storing paper records; eliminating storage space; improving internal efficiencies and response times both internally and to the public through workflow automation, and cutting labor expenses (time for printing, copying, filing, and document research using unsearchable paper); and lowering equipment expenses by reducing the need for printers and fax machines and added maintenance cost.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 105-277 (Government Paperwork Elimination Act) (GPEA)    Pub. L. 107-347 (E-Government Act of 2002)    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Pilot Program  06/25/2018  83 FR 29575   
NPRM  12/04/2020  85 FR 78240   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/04/2021 
Final Action  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lauren Alder Reid
Assistant Director, Office of Policy, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1800,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 305-0289