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retired alien file access from Federal Records Center

When a field office or service center retires an alien file to the Federal Records Center, it is because this file is not active nor expected to be of use. The jurisdiction for these files remains with the office that retired them, and I believe there is a financial reason for this - rent for the storage space. The issue is when a field office other than the retiring office needs the file, the file first needs to be shipped to the retiring office instead of directly to the requesting office. I can't think of any reason why a retiring office would need to deny a request for a file that's been retired, and the additional stop is unnecessary, and wastes both time and money. There ought to be a mechanism by which any other office can request a retired file and have it shipped directly to them.

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Idea No. 389