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Executive Office for Immigration Review; Board of Immigration Appeals; 21 Board Members

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AGENCY:

Executive Office for Immigration Review, Justice.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This final rule amends the regulations relating to the organization of the Executive Office for Immigration Review by adding to the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) an additional Vice Chairman position and two Board Member positions, thereby expanding the Board to 21 permanent members. This rule also eliminates the position of Chief Attorney Examiner. These amendments are necessary to maintain an effective, efficient system of appellate adjudication in light of the Board's increasing caseload.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This final rule is effective April 14, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Charles Adkins-Blanch, Acting General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Suite 2400, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; telephone (703) 305-0470.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This final rule expands the Board to 21 permanent members by adding one Vice Chairman position and two Board Member positions. This rule also eliminates the position of Chief Attorney Examiner in the organizational hierarchy of the Board. These changes are necessary to maintain an effective, efficient system of appellate adjudication in light of the Board's increasing caseload. This rule amends 8 CFR part 3 and 28 CFR part 0 to reflect these changes in the Board's organization.

Compliance with 5 U.S.C. 553 as to notice of proposed rulemaking and delayed effective date is not necessary because this rule relates to agency procedure and practice.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Attorney General, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 605(b), has reviewed this rule and, by approving it, certifies that it will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

This rule is not a major rule as defined by section 251 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, 5 U.S.C. 804. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.

Executive Order 12866

The Department of Justice has determined that this rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f). Accordingly, this rule has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

Executive Order 13132

This rule will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, in accordance with section 6 of Executive Order 13132, the Department of Justice has determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement.

Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets the applicable standards set forth in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988.

Plain Language Instructions

We try to write clearly. If you can suggest how to improve the clarity of these regulations, call or write Charles Adkins-Blanch, Acting General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Suite 2400, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; telephone (703) 305-0470.

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Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in the preamble, part 3 of chapter I of title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations and part 0 of chapter I of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations are amended as follows:

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PART 3—EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR IMMIGRATION REVIEW

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 8 U.S.C. 1103; 1252 note, 1252b, 1324b, 1362; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 1746; sec. 2, Reorg. Plan No. 2 of 1950, 3 CFR, 1949-1953 Comp., p. 1002.

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Subpart A—Board of Immigration Appeals

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2. In § 3.1:

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a. Amend paragraph (a)(1) by revising the second sentence.

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b. Amend paragraph (a)(1) by removing the words “or the Chief Attorney Examiner” in the eleventh sentence.

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c. Amend paragraph (a)(2) by revising the third sentence.

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d. Amend paragraph (a)(2) by removing the last two sentences.

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e. Amend paragraph (a)(4)(ii) by removing the words “Vice Chairman” and adding in their place the words “one of the Vice Chairmen” in the third sentence.

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f. Amend paragraph (a)(4)(ii) by removing the words “Vice Chairman are both” and adding in their place the words “Vice Chairman are all” in the fourth and fifth sentences.

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g. Amend paragraph (a)(4)(ii) by removing the words “the Vice Chairman” and adding in their place the words “one of the Vice Chairmen” in the sixth sentence.

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The revisions read as follows:

General authorities.

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(2) * * * The Chairman shall be assisted in the performance of his duties by two Vice Chairmen.

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PART 0—ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

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3. The authority citation for

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 515-519

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Subpart U—Executive Office for Immigration Review

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4. Amend § 0.116 by revising the first sentence to read as follows:

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Board of Immigration Appeals.

The Board of Immigration Appeals shall consist of a Chairman, two Vice Chairmen, and eighteen other members. * * *

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Dated: March 31, 2000.

Janet Reno,

Attorney General.

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[FR Doc. 00-8653 Filed 4-13-00; 8:45 am]

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