By: Bruce E. Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a proposed regulation that would create a portal that will allow parties in cases before Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) to file complaints electronically, request electronic access to a case to which they are a party, file motions and requests electronically, and receive service of orders and decisions from OCAHO by email. The time period for comments passed two weeks ago; thus, I would anticipate this regulation going into effect in the near future.

DOJ stated comments received would be evaluated as to whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility, and whether the portal would minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of electronic submission of responses.

I will keep you updated when, and if, the final regulation is promulgated. If you want to know more on issues related to OCAHO and employer immigration compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at