This scheme allows for hearings on several different sanctions or penalties entities may receive pursuant to the authority of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
There is a right to appeal to the Administrator of NOAA.
NOTE: This is a formal adjudication scheme and uses administrative law judges (ALJs). However, the Department of Commerce and its constituent agencies do not employ ALJs and use ALJs from other agencies to conduct DOC hearings. While NOAA formerly used Coast Guard ALJs (like the rest of the Department) since 2011, ALJs from the Environmental Protection Agency have performed hearings due to their perceived expertise in matters of the environment.
|Level||Name of Office||Sub-Agency/Bureau/Division:||Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?|
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Appeal Level 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration