Who typically drafts the decision at the hearing-level stage?:
If "Other," please specify (drafts):
If the suspending/debarring official conducts a "paper" hearing or oral presentation, then he/she drafts the decision. However, if a fact-finding panel is convened, it delivers written findings and a transcribed record at the conclusion of the hearing to the suspending/debarring official. The suspending/debarring official may reject such findings -- in whole or in part -- only after specifically finding them arbitrary and capricious, or clearly erroneous. (See (FAR 9.406-3(d)(2)(ii), 9.407-3(d)(2)(ii); 48 CFR 609.406-3(b)(6)-(7), 609.407-3(b)(2))
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. 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. There is no parallel provision for suspension cases.