[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 81 (Friday, April 26, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 24669-24670]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09858]



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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Executive Office for Immigration Review

8 CFR Parts 1003 and 1292

[EOIR Docket No. 174; A.G. Order No. 3384-2013]
RIN 1125-AA66


Reorganization of Regulations on the Adjudication of Department 
of Homeland Security Practitioner Disciplinary Cases

AGENCY: Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule adopts without change an interim rule with 
request for comments published in the Federal Register on January 13, 
2012. The interim rule amended regulations of the Executive Office for 
Immigration Review (EOIR) at the Department of Justice (Department) by 
removing unnecessary provisions in its regulations that are the 
responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This rule 
also transferred certain provisions to another CFR part. Finally, the 
interim rule made revisions to reference applicable DHS regulations and 
to make technical and clarifying amendments to regulations in that 
part.

DATES: This rule is effective June 25, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Rosenblum, General Counsel, 
Office of the General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review, 
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2600, Falls Church, Virginia, 22041 telephone 
(703) 305-0470 (not a toll-free call).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 13, 2012, the Department 
published an interim rule with request for comments amending 8 CFR 
parts 1003 and 1292. Reorganization of Regulations on the Adjudication 
of Department of Homeland Security Practitioner Disciplinary Cases, 77 
FR 2011 (Jan. 13, 2012). The Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, 
transferred the functions of the former Immigration and Naturalization 
Service (INS) to DHS; however, it retained the functions of EOIR within 
the Department, under the direction of the Attorney General. 6 U.S.C. 
521; 8 U.S.C. 1103(g); see generally Matter of D-J-, 23 I&N Dec. 572 
(A.G. 2003). As the existing regulations often intermingled the 
responsibilities of the former INS and EOIR, this transfer required a 
reorganization of title 8 of the CFR, including the establishment of a 
new chapter V in 8 CFR pertaining to EOIR. See 67 FR 9824 (Feb. 28, 
2003). As part of this reorganization, a number of regulations 
pertaining to the responsibilities of DHS intentionally were duplicated 
in the new chapter V because those regulations also included provisions 
relating to the responsibilities of EOIR. One such instance involved 
DHS's practitioner disciplinary regulations at 8 CFR 292.3, which the 
Department duplicated in 8 CFR 1292.3 because EOIR adjudicates DHS 
practitioner disciplinary cases. As explained in the interim rule, the 
Department has determined that most of the duplicate provisions in 
Sec.  1292.3 pertain to functions that are DHS's responsibility and do 
not need to be reproduced in EOIR's regulations in chapter V. The 
interim rule deleted the unnecessary regulations in Sec.  1292.3, and 
revised Sec.  1292.3 and 8 CFR part 1003 to reference applicable DHS 
regulations. The interim rule also transferred to 8 CFR part 1003 the 
provisions in Sec.  1292.3 related to the adjudication of DHS's 
practitioner disciplinary cases. The interim rule also made technical 
changes to EOIR's practitioner disciplinary regulations and clarified a 
previous amendment to those regulations. See 73 FR 76914 (Dec. 18, 
2008).
    The Department provided an opportunity for post-promulgation 
comment even though this is a rule of internal organization for which a 
period of public comment is not required by statute. See 5 U.S.C. 
553(b), (c). The comment period ended February 13, 2012. The Department 
did not receive any comments. Accordingly, the interim rule amending 8 
CFR parts 1003 and 1292 that was published on January 13, 2012, is 
being adopted as a final rule without change.

Regulatory Requirements

Administrative Procedure Act

    The Department provided an opportunity for post-promulgation public 
comment under 5 U.S.C. 553, even though the nature of this rule makes 
it unnecessary to comply with the requirements in 5 U.S.C. 553 with 
regard to notice of proposed rulemaking and delayed effective date. See 
5 U.S.C. 553(b), (d). The rule only makes technical amendments to the 
organization, procedures, and practices of the Department to improve 
the organization of the Department's regulations, reflects the transfer 
of functions pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and 
recodifies existing regulations.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule 
under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), the provisions 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply. 
See 5 U.S.C. 601(2).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 
104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR 
part 1320, do not apply to this interim rule because there are no new 
or revised recordkeeping or reporting requirements.

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 (SBREFA)

    This rule is not a major rule as defined by section 251 of SBREFA, 
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 enterprises in domestic and 
export markets.

Congressional Review Act

    This action pertains to agency organization, procedures, and 
practices and does not substantially affect the rights or obligations 
of non-agency parties; accordingly, it is not a ``rule'' as that term 
is used by the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of SBREFA). 
Therefore, the reporting requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    This rule has been drafted and reviewed in accordance with 
Executive Order 12866, section 1(b), Principles of Regulation, and 
Executive Order 13563. The Department has determined that this rule is 
not a ``significant regulatory action'' under section 3(f) of Executive 
Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and accordingly this rule 
has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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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 has determined that this rule 
does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant a 
federalism summary impact statement.

Executive Order 12988

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

List of Subjects

8 CFR Part 1003

    Administrative practice and procedures, Immigration, Legal 
Services, Organization and functions (Government agencies), Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements.

8 CFR Part 1292

    Administrative practice and procedures, Immigration, Lawyers, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

PART 1003--EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR IMMIGRATION REVIEW

PART 1292--REPRESENTATION AND APPEARANCES

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending 8 CFR parts 1003 and 1292 that 
was published at 77 FR 2011 on January 13, 2012, is adopted as a final 
rule without change.

    Dated: April 19, 2013.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.,
Attorney General.
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