Other Fields
Agency Scheme: 
Hearing Level: Basic Structure
Name of Hearing Office (local name): 
Attestation Program Review Board
Name of Hearing Office (global name): 
Department of State: Attestation Program Review Board
Hearing Officer #1 (Title): 
Board Member
Hearing Officer #2 (Title): 
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 

Informal adjudication scheme that implements the "Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Character (commonly referred to as the Beirut Agreement of 1948). (Third General Session of UNESCO; Beirut, Lebanon; 1948; 17 UST 1578). The Beirut Agreement is intended to promote the free flow and exchange of scientific and educational material between nations through elimination of import and customs duties on such materials. DOS authenticates/certifies both import and export audio-visual materials as covered by the Beirut Agreement (i.e., eligible to receive favorable import/customs treatment).

Department of State (DOS) regulations implementing the Beirut Agreement are set forth in 22 CFR Part 61. Procedures are sparse. Persons/entities seeking certification as covered audio-visual materials submit application to DOS. If the Attestation Officer issues an adverse ruling, the party/entity may appeal. to the Attestation Program Review Board.

PROCESS & PROCEDURE - General Information
Regulations/rules of practice for hearings (please include CFR citations): 
22 CFR Part 61
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Pre-Hearing Procedure
Is discovery permitted by either party at the hearing-level stage?: 
Does the hearing officer have subpoena authority?: 
Are ex parte contacts prohibited?: 
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Hearing Procedure
What types of hearings are permitted at the hearing-level stage?: 
Written (Document-Only) Hearing
How is the type of hearing selected: 
Required by Rule
Is witness testimony permitted at hearings?: 
N/A (Document-Only Hearings)
Can parties cross-examine witnesses?: 
N/A (Document-Only Hearings)
Can third-parties submit amicus briefs and/or evidence?: 
Are hearings recorded and/or transcribed?: 
Are hearings open to the public?: 
N/A (Document-Only Hearing)
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Post-Hearing Procedure
Who typically drafts the decision at the hearing-level stage?: 
Adjudication Officer
Who has authority to issue final decisions?: 
Adjudication Officer
Do agency regulations or guidance provide time limits for issuance of final decisions?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
If "Yes," please specify these time limit(s): 
The Board must issue a written decision within 30 days of receiving the request for review. (22 CFR 61.7(c))
Is judicial review available after issuance of a final decision?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Case Management
Does the agency permit web-based electronic filing of hearing-related briefs or other documents?: 
Are final decisions published and/or posted on the agency website?: 
Do agency regulations/rules of practice specify the contents of the administrative record at the hearing-level stage?: 
Do agency regulations/rules of practice provide for closure of the record at the hearing-level stage (subject to applicable exce: 
ADR: General Information
Is ADR available at one or more points during the hearing process?: 
CASELOAD STATISTICS - Summary Statistics
Total # Cases Filed/Opened (FY2013): 
Total # Cases Decided/Closed (FY2013): 
Total # Cases Pending (End of FY2013): 
Do you have any additional comments about your agency's responses on this form? If so, please provide comments below.: 
Per email correspondence with DOS ACUS member Alice Kottmyer, there were no adjudications under the Beirut Agreement in FY2013, nor any to her recollection in recent years. Form completed and submitted by ACUS staff based on Part 61 regulations and Ms. Kottmyer's caseload information.
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