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Agency Scheme: 
Hearing Level: Basic Structure
Name of Hearing Office (local name): 
Enforcement Bureau
Name of Hearing Office (global name): 
Federal Communications Commission: Enforcement Bureau
Market Disputes Resolution Division
Hearing Officer #1 (Title): 
Division Chief (or designee)
Hearing Officer #2 (Title): 
Administrative Law Judge
Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at the hearing-level stage?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 

Hearings are first held within the Market Disputes Resolution Division of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. The regulations and website do not state who presides at hearings, but it appears the Chief or Deputy Chief of the Market Disputes Resolution Division presides at most hearings and issues orders/opinions. However, after reviewing the pleadings, the Commission (or its designee) may, in its discretion, designate any proceeding or discrete issues arising out of any proceeding for an adjudicatory hearing before an administrative law judge. Dissatisfied parties may appeal for reconsideration by the Federal Communications Commission.

PROCESS & PROCEDURE - General Information
Are private parties permitted to have representation at hearings?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Is the agency permitted to have representation at hearings?: 
N/A (e.g., Agency Not Party to Hearing)
Regulations/rules of practice for hearings (please include CFR citations): 
47 C.F.R. ยงยง 8.1-.17
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Pre-Hearing Procedure
Is discovery permitted by either party at the hearing-level stage?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Briefly describe the scope and type(s) of discovery available (e.g., depositions, interrogatories, etc.): 
Scope of discovery is determined on a case-by-case basis. The Commission (or its delegated authority) may in its discretion order discovery limited to the issues specified by the Commission. Such discovery may include answers to written interrogatories, depositions, document production, or requests for admissions.
Does the hearing officer have subpoena authority?: 
Are parties provided notice of hearing?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
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
Depends on Nature of Case/Claim
Please describe: 
An oral hearing can be required by 12 CFR 797.7 (d), or under 12 CFR 797.21 if the hearing official determines that the matter cannot be resolved by an examination of the documents alone.
How many hearing officers preside at each hearing?: 
Can third-parties submit amicus briefs and/or evidence?: 
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?: 
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Case Management
Are final decisions published and/or posted on the agency website?: 
Yes (Some Decisions)
If "Yes (Some Decisions)," how does the agency determine which final decisions to publish/post? Please briefly describe: 
The relevant website page and regulations do not indicate how the agency decides which final decisions to publish.
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?: 
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified