Comments/Notes on Hearing-Level Process & Procedures (Optional):
*USDA Investigation/Informal Disposition: USDA may, in its discretion, investigate complaints after filing by third parties, and may dismiss complaint if insufficient factual basis to proceed. USDA may also attempt to assist the parties in reaching an "informal adjustment of the matter" based on its investigative report. In any event, the investigative report becomes part of the case record.
*Expedited procedure for smaller claims: Shortened procedures for hearings on written record when reparations claims are less than $10,000. Parties file written evidence and verifications, and hearing is on written record only. (9 CFR 202.113)
* Complaint form: A party filing a reparations complaint may use, but is not required to use, a PDF complaint form posted on the agency's website (Form P&SP-5000).