Scheme Nickname: 
Main formal (APA) hearings scheme

Formal adjudicatory proceedings for administrative/enforcement proceedings instituted by the Secretary relating to a wide range of matters, including: agricultural marketing orders; promotion and research programs for agricultural products; food safety inspections; grain standards and inspections; veterinarian accreditation; regulation of biologic agents and toxins that pose a threat to animal or plant health; organic food certification; animal welfare programs; claims/debt collection; and, enforcement of nondiscrimination by recipients of federal financial assistance.

Proceedings are initiated by the filing of a complaint by the agency. Applicable procedures are primarily found in 7 CFR Part 1, Subpart H, though supplemental rules of practice also apply to certain types of cases.

Adjudication Levels: 
LevelName of OfficeSub-Agency/Bureau/Division:Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?
Hearing Level
Departmental Management
Yes (Some Types of Cases)
Appeal Level 1
Departmental Management
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 
Departmental Management (DM) is USDA's central administrative management organization/division. Both OALJ and OJO fall under DM. DM has independent of any USDA program offices or program responsibilities.
Types of Adjudication: 
Type A
Type B
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified
Is this a Major Adjudication: