Summary: S.1563 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (08/05/1999)

INS Reform and Border Security Act of 1999 - Title I: Immigration Affairs Agency - Establishes within the Department of Justice the Immigration Affairs Agency which shall consist of: (1) the Office of the Associate Attorney General for Immigration Affairs; (2) the Bureau of Immigration Services and Adjudications; and (3) the Bureau of Enforcement and Border Affairs.

States that the Agency shall be headed by an Associate Attorney General for Immigration Affairs.

Amends specified Federal laws to repeal authority for: (1) the Immigration and Naturalization Service; (2) the office of the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization; (3) compensation of assistant commissioners and district directors; and (4) special immigrant inspectors.

Authorizes appropriations for the Agency.

(Sec. 102) Establishes within the Agency the Office of the Associate Attorney General for Immigration Affairs. Establishes within the Office the position of General Counsel.

Establishes within the Agency the position of Chief Financial Officer.

(Sec. 103) Establishes within the Agency the Bureau of Immigration Services and Adjudications, which shall be headed by a Director of Immigration Services and Adjudications.

Expresses the sense of Congress that the Bureau's structure should be based on the organization of the Social Security Administration.

Establishes within the Bureau the positions of: (1) Chief Financial Officer; (2) Regional Commissioners; (3) Area Directors; and (4) Field Office Managers.

Establishes within the Bureau: (1) Service Centers; (2) an Office of Quality Assurance; (3) an Office of Professional Responsibility; and (4) an Office of the Ombudsman.

Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 105) Establishes within the Agency the Bureau of Enforcement and Border Affairs, which shall be headed by a Director of the Bureau of Enforcement and Border Affairs.

Expresses the sense of Congress that the Bureau's structure should be organized with the "best practices' of other Federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Establishes within the Bureau: (1) the position of Chief Financial Officer; and (2) an Office of Professional Responsibility.

Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 108) Provides for the transfer and allocation of appropriations and personnel.

(Sec. 109) States that (prior to the effective date of this title) nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize or require transfer or delegation of any function of: (1) the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice; or (2) the Attorney General's litigation authorities.

Title II: Personnel Flexibilities - Amends Federal law with respect to personnel provisions of the Agency, including: (1) personnel flexibilities; (2) specified pay authority; and (3) senior executives' performance awards.

(Sec. 202) Authorizes the Associate Attorney General for Immigration Affairs to provide voluntary separation incentive payments. Sets forth related provisions.

(Sec. 204) Requires the Directors of the Bureaus to establish employee training programs.

Title III: Additional Provisions - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to direct the Attorney General to: (1) provide for the expedited processing of specified nonimmigrant and immigrant applications, visas, and petitions; and (2) establish an electronic filing pilot program for certain temporary workers.

(Sec. 303) Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act to extend the increase in Border Patrol agents and support personnel.