Who typically drafts the decision at the hearing-level stage?:
If "Other," please specify (drafts):
If the suspending/debarring official conducts the hearing, then the SDO, with the assistance of the SDO's staff, drafts the decision. However, the suspending/debarring official also may, at his/her discretion, refer an evidentiary hearing to a fact-finding official. (See FAR 9.406-3(d)(2)(ii), 9.407-3(d)(2)(ii)). In such cases, the fact-finding official issues findings of fact at the conclusion of the hearing. Per the FAR, the suspending/debarring official may reject such findings -- in whole or in part -- only after specifically finding them arbitrary and capricious, or clearly erroneous.
If "Yes," please specify these time limit(s):
The debarring/suspending official's final decision must be made in writing in accordance with FAR 9.406-3. That section, in turn, only specifies a time limit (30 working days from receipt of any information submitted by the contractor) for debarment cases based on a conviction or civil judgment or in which there is no genuine dispute of material fact--unless the SDO extends this period "for good cause." See FAR 9.406-3(d)(1). Otherwise, the only requirement is that "prompt" notice must be provided when the official reaches a decision in debarment cases. Similarly, "prompt written notice" of a decision to suspend a contractor is required, in accordance with FAR 9.407-3(d)(4).