In August 2006 the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) created 22 measures to improve the efficiency and quality of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the immigration courts. This June it issued a progress report in which it reported completion of most, but not all, of the 22 measures.  

The measures still pending include: 1) implanting performance evaluations for immigration BIA members; 2) reviewing union proposals regarding the revised EOIR Ethics Manual; 3) proposed regulations to improve BIA streamlining, such as making “affirmances without opinion” discretionary; 4) drafting civil penalties for judges and attorneys having committed violations; 5) selecting the 15th member of the BIA; and 6) implementing a digital audio recording system in immigration court hearings.  

The measures completed include: 1) implementing performance evaluations for judges; 2) establishing an assessment program for newly-appointed judges and BIA members; 3) testing new judges and BIA members; 4) completing a new training program for judges, BIA members, and immigration court staff; 5) launching a new Immigration Judge Benchbook; 6) implementing procedures for investigating questionable judge conduct; 7) monitoring asylum grants regularly; 8) deploying supervisory assistant chief administrative judges to various locations; 9) creating the position of assistant chief immigration judge for conduct and professionalism; and 10) developing a comprehensive online Immigration Court Practice Manual.