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Welcome to the Departmental Appeals Board
Electronic Filing System ("DAB E-File")


Overview of Electronic Filing (E-Filing) with the Departmental Appeals Board

Parties in certain types of cases before the DAB's Appellate and Civil Remedies Divisions may file case-related documents electronically using DAB E-File. Filing a document electronically does not relieve the filer of its obligation to serve the document on other parties to the case. However, if all parties in a case have elected to submit case-related documents electronically, then the filing of a document with the Board via DAB E-File will constitute service of that document by the filer on the other party or parties. A non-Federal party may elect to file a document by postal delivery or other physical means instead of using DAB E-File. The DAB recommends, however, that parties with the capability to file documents electronically use DAB E-File when permitted.

Using DAB E-File

In order for a party to use DAB E-File, the party's representative must first become a registered user by registering. Upon completion of registration, the party may access DAB E-File from its log in page using the e-mail address and password provided in the registration process. Once logged in, the party may use DAB E-File to:

Please note that sending documents to the Appellate Division or Civil Remedies Division by e-mail instead of using DAB E-File, does not constitute electronic filing.

E-Filing Instructions

Filing Deadline

To be considered timely filed, documents filed electronically must be uploaded to DAB E-File by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the day that the filing is due with either the Appellate Division or the Civil Remedies Division.

Electronic Signature

The use of DAB E-File to file a document fulfills any signature requirement applicable to the party representative who made the filing. (The e-mail address and password used by the representative to access DAB E-File will serve as the filer's electronic signature on documents that would ordinarily contain or are required to contain the filer's signature.) The electronic copy of a document authored by a person other that the party's representative — for example, a witness affidavit or declaration — must be in an electronic format (typically, PDF) that captures the actual physical signature.

Assumption of Risk

At all times, an electronic filer assumes the risk of all errors not solely attributable to a DAB E-File malfunction that may result in the inability to complete an electronic filing. If the filer experiences problems with the DAB E-File before 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, please contact e-File System Support at OSDABImmediateOffice@hhs.gov or at 202-565-0146. After 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, the filer should notify DAB on the next business day and provide supporting evidence of the problem, such as a copy of an error message or screen print of an error page.