Scheme Nickname: 
VISTA volunteer termination & grievances

Formal proceedings that provide volunteers in AmeriCorps*VISTA/National Grant Programs with an opportunity for a hearing to challenge their early termination or present certain program-related grievances, after exhaustion of other specified administrative processes. (See 45 CFR Part 1210, Subpts. C & D; 45 CFR Part 2011).

Adjudication Levels: 
LevelName of OfficeSub-Agency/Bureau/Division:Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?
Hearing Level
Department of the Chief Executive Officer
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.
Types of Adjudication: 
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified
Is this a Major Adjudication: