VISTA volunteer termination & grievances
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure:
For volunteer terminations, initial determinations and first-level "appeals" are performed by the State Director and Regional Director respectively. However, since neither of these decisions appear to involve any hearing, the hearing conducted by the Director (as set forth here) is considered to be the hearing-level determination. (See 45 CFR Part 1210, Subparts C & D).
Similarly, formal grievances by volunteers are decided by the Regional Director, and may be appealed to the CNCS General Counsel. However, neither decision appears to be informed by a hearing. (See 45 CFR Part 1211). However, there are very short timeframes for these respective officials to issue their decisions, and, if they do not do so on a timely basis, the volunteer may request that the Regional Director appoint at Grievance Examiner to conduct an investigation and hearing, with final decision by the AmeriCorps*VISTA Director. It is this latter process that is covered in this scheme.
Is this a Major Adjudication: