Microsoft Word Extensions and "Templates" for BIA Staff Members

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review of the United States of America.
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From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

BIA Staff Members are provided a version of Microsoft Word which includes several "add-ins" including ones called "BIA Templates," "BIA MACROS," "Inadmissibility," "Deportability," and "Drafting Assistant." We are requesting a screen shot of each of these add-ins in Microsoft Word.

Second, we are requesting the "templates" that are provided when one clicks on the "BIA Templates" tab.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

Thank you for your inquiry. For your information, FOIA requests are processed in the order received absent a grant of a request for expedited processing. Your request is categorized as "complex" and is number 69 on our "complex" docket. We are continuing to process your request.


Shelley M. O'Hara
Attorney Advisor (FOIA)
Office of the General Counsel
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Department of Justice
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2600
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 605-0275

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Matthew, please see FOIA response attached.

According to BIA, they do not use the "Drafting Assistant" app. Therefore, there are no responsive records for it.

Joseph R. Schaaf
Chief Counsel, Administrative Law
Executive Office for Immigration Review