Who typically drafts the decision at the hearing-level stage?:
If "Other," please specify (drafts):
Hearings are conducted by the Authorized Corporate Official, unless CNCS's tentative decision to reject the refunding application is based on a recipient's alleged wrongdoing. If so, the recipient may instead request to have the informal meeting before a "mutually-agreed upon impartial hearing officer." (45 CFR 1206.2-4(d)) The impartial hearing officer makes recommendations after the hearing, but the Authorized Corporate Official remains the deciding official.