It can help to see how federal motions and responsive pleadings are formatted. To that end, here is a link to some responses to FRCP 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6) motions:
Note that they are unrelated to your subject matter. This is intentional - you will need to specifically respond to the issue of failure to exhaust administrative remedies and demonstrate that under the applicable statutes, rules and administrative regulations you have in fact exhausted administrative remedies before your court action may proceed. Alternatively, if the issue of administrative remedies does not serve as a bar to legal action in your circumstances, then you will have to show how that is true for your case.
I second the above recommendation that you seek legal counsel if at all possible. You are in a complex legal area with multiple overlapping layers of laws, rules and procedures - the assistance of counsel may be critical to preserving your right to recover.
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Before you start looking at forms, you must conduct your research. Read through defendant's motion a couple of times, underlining the important points. Then do research to try to challenge the points the defendant makes.
Opposition papers to a motion to dismiss under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will be pretty similar to any other memorandum of law. It'll recite the pertinent facts and then will argue the points of law.
If you are a plaintiff in U.S. District Court and you are pro se (and, in addition, you are confronted with a motion to dismiss), now is really the time to consider hiring an attorney. Federal court is no place for laymen.
Good luck to you.
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The Federal Court uses a computer system called Pacer. If you have an account you could do a search for one that has been filed. See link below for log-in page. It also has a link to set-up an account. Note the cost is about $0.08 per page. If you are representing yourself, you are in very rough water. This is a highly technical area. You should seek the assistance of a lawyer in your area that practices in federal court.