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Immigration Courts: Actions Needed to Reduce Case Backlog and Address Long-Standing Management and Operational Challenges

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Executive Office for Immigration Review
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To better address current and future staffing needs, the Director of EOIR should develop and implement a strategic workforce plan that addresses, among other areas, key principles of effective strategic workforce planning, including (1) determining critical skills and competencies needed to achieve current and future programmatic results; (2) developing strategies that are tailored to address gaps in number, deployment, and alignment of human capital approaches for enabling and sustaining the contributions of all critical skills and competencies; and (3) monitoring and evaluation of the agency's progress toward its human capital goals and the contribution that human capital results have made toward achieving programmatic results.
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In October 2018, EOIR officials told us that EOIR was developing an agency-wide strategic plan that would address workforce planning, among other issues. In May 2021, EOIR officials stated that they were continuing to develop the plan, but were waiting to finalize it to ensure it aligns with another DOJ department-wide plan also under development. According to officials, EOIR also completed a review of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge workforce in October 2018 that resulted in a new organizational structure and staffing plan for each immigration court. Officials said that the staffing

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