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GAO Faults EOIR on Multiple Fronts

April 28, 2023 (1 min read)

GAO, Apr. 26, 2023

"Immigration judges at the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review hold hearings to decide whether foreign nationals may be removed from the U.S. Despite our 2017 recommendation to develop a strategic workforce plan to address current and future staffing needs, EOIR hasn't done so—even though it had a significant and growing backlog of 1.8 million pending cases at the start of FY 2023, more than triple the number that it had in FY 2017. The office also doesn't have assigned roles and responsibilities to guide its workforce planning efforts. We recommended that EOIR improve workforce planning and other management practices."