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EOIR’s Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

Objective 1.1: Manage Caseload Efficiently and Effectively

EOIR has worked to contain the growth in court costs and, to that end, has utilized various studies, initiatives, and reviews of both administrative and operational policies. EOIR has achieved significant savings for rent, compensation, and information technology. Cost containment remains a high priority, and new initiatives to contain cost growth and make better use of resources are being implemented or are under consideration. For example, over the past several years, court units throughout the agency have developed and implemented innovative approaches for carrying out their operational and administrative functions. These approaches have helped courts maintain the level and quality of services they deliver and, in many instances, have increased efficiencies and controlled costs associated with providing those services.

Table 2. Objective 1.1 Strategies and Lead Components

Supports DOJ Strategic Objective(s)

Objective 1.1 Strategies

Lead EOIR Component(s)

1.2 & 5.1

1. Map and analyze the case lifecycle to identify points of inefficiency; implement procedural, staffing, or other remedies.

BIA/OCAHO/OCIJ

2. Optimize hearing order via data-driven docket scheduling system.

OCIJ

3. Deliver cost-effective solutions. Address the increasing number of new immigration cases referred to EOIR and prioritize pending caseloads across OCIJ by increasing the capacity and accessibility to video-teleconferencing and remote adjudication.

OCIJ/OIT/OP

4. Assess non-judicial resources and support that could increase adjudication efficiency by decreasing respondent time-in-court. 

OCIJ/OP