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Agency Scheme: 
Hearing Level: Basic Structure
Name of Hearing Office (local name): 
Personnel Appeals Board
Name of Hearing Office (global name): 
Government Accountability Office: Personnel Appeals Board
Hearing Officer #1 (Title): 
Administrative Judge
Hearing Officer #2 (Title): 
Board Member (alternative title). All information is same as Hearing Officer #1
Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at the hearing-level stage?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 

Administrative judge is any individual designated by the Board to preside over a hearing conducted on matters
within its jurisdiction. An administrative judge usually is a member of the Board.

PROCESS & PROCEDURE - General Information
Are private parties permitted to have representation at hearings?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Who may serve as a private party representative?: 
About what percentage of private parties were represented at hearings (FY2013)?: 
Is the agency permitted to have representation at hearings?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Who may serve as an agency representative?: 
Regulations/rules of practice for hearings (please include CFR citations): 
4 C.F.R. Parts 27 and 28
Other published guidance for hearings (if any): 
Guide to Practice: Employment Law; Guide to Practice: Labor-Management Relations;Guidelines for Medication, Practice Guide to Mediation
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.): 
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide guidance, but they are not mandatory. Deposition, subpoena, interrogatories, and admissions are permitted.
Does the hearing officer have subpoena authority?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Are ex parte contacts prohibited?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Are parties provided notice of hearing?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
How far in advance of the hearing date is notice typically provided?: 
45 Days
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Hearing Procedure
What types of hearings are permitted at the hearing-level stage?: 
Written (Document-Only) Hearing
Please provide the approximate percentage of each type of hearing relative to the total number of hearings (FY2013)
Written (Document-Only) Hearing: 
How is the type of hearing selected: 
Depends on Nature of Case/Claim
Please describe: 
Rule specifies that parties may agree to a written hearing. Administrative judge determines of oral hearing not necessary based upon submissions of parties.
How many hearing officers preside at each hearing?: 
Varies by Case
If "Varies by Case," please describe: 
May be an administrative judge, may be a panel of Board Members or full Board. Usually one Board member presides.
Is witness testimony permitted at hearings?: 
Varies by Case
If "Varies by Case," please describe: 
Witness testimony is permitted in in-person hearings. This question is not applicable to document-only hearings.
Can parties cross-examine witnesses?: 
Varies by Case
If "Varies by Case," please describe: 
Cross-examination is permitted in in-person hearings. This question is not applicable to document-only hearings.
Can third-parties submit amicus briefs and/or evidence?: 
Adjudication Officer Discretion
Are hearings recorded and/or transcribed?: 
N/A (Document-Only Hearings)
Are hearings open to the public?: 
Varies by Case
If "Varies by Case," please describe: 
In-person hearings are presumed open. The administrative judge at his or her discretion, may order a hearing or any part thereof closed, where to do so would be in the best interests of the petitioner, a witness, the public, or other affected persons. This question is not applicable to document-only hearings.
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Post-Hearing Procedure
Who typically drafts the decision at the hearing-level stage?: 
Adjudication Officer
Staff Attorney
Who has authority to issue final decisions?: 
Adjudication Officer
Do agency regulations or guidance provide time limits for issuance of final decisions?: 
About how long does it take on average—as of FY2013—to adjudicate claims/cases at the hearinglevel stage (i.e., from case filing: 
219 Days
Is judicial review available after issuance of a final decision?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Case Management
How are claims/cases processed at the hearing-level stage?: 
Please briefly describe your case management practice(s) at the hearing level stage: 
Presumptively first-in/first-out. Type of case, availability of AJ and parties, may affect processing order.
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?: 
Yes (All Decisions)
If "Yes (Some Decisions)," how does the agency determine which final decisions to publish/post? Please briefly describe: 
Decisions are published on the PAB website rather than on GAO website: www.pab.gao.gov. Electronically filed briefs generally must be followed with hard copy submission.
Do agency regulations/rules of practice specify the contents of the administrative record at the hearing-level stage?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
If "Yes," please provide citation(s): 
4 C.F.R. § 28.59
Do agency regulations/rules of practice provide for closure of the record at the hearing-level stage (subject to applicable exce: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
If "Yes," please provide citation(s): 
4 C.F.R. § 28.63
Comments/Notes on Hearing-Level Process & Procedures (Optional): 
Reconsideration by the Administrative judge or panel may be requested within 10 days.
Total # of Hearing Officers: 
ADR: General Information
Is ADR available at one or more points during the hearing process?: 
If "Yes," when is ADR available?: 
Before Claim/Case Filed
Is ADR a mandatory or voluntary process?: 
What type(s) of ADR are available?: 
Settlement Conference
Who conducts the ADR?: 
Third-Party Neutral
If "Other," please specify:: 
Personnel Appeals Board Executive Director assigns a mediator with whom Board has contract; AJ may hold settlement conference.
Other published guidance on ADR process (if any):: 
Guidelines for Mediation of Disputes at PAB; Practice Guide to Mediation at PAB
ADR – Summary Statistics
Comments/Notes on ADR Statistics (Optional): 
These 3 cases were consolidated for processing before PAB.
CASELOAD STATISTICS - Summary Statistics
Total # Cases Filed/Opened (FY2013): 
CASELOAD STATISTICS - Supplementary Statistics
Does your agency maintain annual caseload statistics for this hearing office by case type (e.g., discrimination complaint, licen: 
Do you have any additional comments about your agency's responses on this form? If so, please provide comments below.: 
It is difficult to fit PAB's work into form, since the adjudicative side includes functions similar but not identical to EEOC, MSPB, OSC and FLRA. PAB also has investigative arm (PAB Office of General Counsel), which statistics are not reflected on this form. PAB provides anecdotal descriptions of cases pending during calendar year in Annual Report, available at www.pab.gao.gov. It does not maintain statistical counts on issues or cases.
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