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Agency Scheme: 
Hearing Level: Basic Structure
Name of Hearing Office (local name): 
Office of Budget, Finance, Quality, and Management
Name of Hearing Office (global name): 
Social Security Administration: Office of Budget, Finance, Quality, and Management
Hearing Officer #1 (Title): 
Hearing Official
Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at the hearing-level stage?: 
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 

Proceedings under 20 CFR 422 Subparts D & E in which a debtor may seek review of a Notice of Debt Collection relating to a delinquent debt owed to SSA or another federal agency prior to such action becoming final. Review proceedings may address: (1) the existence or amount of debt; (2) the proposed schedule for salary offset (if debtor is a federal employee); or (3) whether debt is past due or legally enforceable. Claims collection mechanisms include salary offset, administrative offset, or administrative wage garnishment.

Applicable regulations (including those of SSA, the Department of Treasury, and the Federal Claims Collection Standards (31 CFR 900-904)) require an opportunity for either a written or oral hearing, but do not specify the hearing officer.

PROCESS & PROCEDURE - General Information
Regulations/rules of practice for hearings (please include CFR citations): 
20 CFR 422 Subparts D & E, 31 CFR 901.3
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.): 
Debtors have the right to inspect and copy SSA records related to the debt at issue. See 20 CFR 422.315(a), 422.420
Does the hearing officer have subpoena authority?: 
Are ex parte contacts prohibited?: 
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: 
By Agency
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?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
If "Yes," please specify these time limit(s): 
60 days
Is judicial review available after issuance of a final decision?: 
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: 
Comments/Notes on Hearing-Level Process & Procedures (Optional): 
The Federal Claims Collection Standards, which are incorporated by SSA rules, provide that: "Unless required by law, an oral hearing under [31 CFR Part 901] is not required to be a formal evidentiary hearing, although the agency should carefully document all significant matters discussed at the hearing." 31 CFR 901.3(e)(2)
ADR: General Information
Is ADR available at one or more points during the hearing process?: 
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified