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Agency Scheme: 
Hearing Level: Basic Structure
Name of Hearing Office (local name): 
Judicial Officer Department
Name of Hearing Office (global name): 
United States Postal Service: Judicial Officer Department
Judicial Officer Department
Hearing Officer #1 (Title): 
Administrative Law Judge, Administrative Judge, Hearing Officer
Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at the hearing-level stage?: 
Yes (Some Types of Cases)
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 

39 CFR Parts 961 and 963 may be heard by AJ or ALJ. No appeal rights for Part 961.
39 CFR Parts 965 and 966 may be heard by AJ, ALJ or Hearing Officer. Appealable to JO who also may review on his own motion.

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?: 
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): 
39 CFR Parts 961, 963, 965, and 966.
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Pre-Hearing Procedure
Is discovery permitted by either party at the hearing-level stage?: 
Yes (Some Types of Cases)
Briefly describe the scope and type(s) of discovery available (e.g., depositions, interrogatories, etc.): 
Discovery provided in 39 CFR Part 963. Informal discovery for 39 CFR Parts 961 and 966 as determined by the judge. No discovery for 39 CFR Part 965.
Does the hearing officer have subpoena authority?: 
Are ex parte contacts prohibited?: 
Yes (All Types of Cases)
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: 
Depends on Nature of Case/Claim
Please describe: 
Determined by the judge. In cases under Parts 961 and 966, the overwhelming majority of cases involve a hearing. A majority of those are by telephone, some are done in person, and an increasing number by video. In cases under Part 965, the overwhelming majority are based on written submissions only. Occasionally, live hearings are used. Cases under Part 963 are very rare.
How many hearing officers preside at each hearing?: 
Is witness testimony permitted at hearings?: 
Can parties cross-examine witnesses?: 
Can third-parties submit amicus briefs and/or evidence?: 
Are hearings recorded and/or transcribed?: 
N/A (Document-Only Hearings)
Are hearings open to the public?: 
Yes (Hearings Always Open/All Types of Cases)
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?: 
If "Yes," please specify these time limit(s): 
Regulations for Part 965 use a non-binding guideline of 10 business days after final submission by the party. Cases under Parts 961 and 966 involve an internal objective of 30 days after receipt of the transcript.
Is judicial review available after issuance of a final decision?: 
Yes (Some Types of Cases)
PROCESS & PROCEDURE - Case Management
How are claims/cases processed at the hearing-level stage?: 
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: 
Electronic filing expected to begin in 2015. Decisions can be found here: http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/judicial/admin-decisions/welcome.htm
Do agency regulations/rules of practice specify the contents of the administrative record at the hearing-level stage?: 
Total # of Hearing Officers: 
ADR: General Information
Is ADR available at one or more points during the hearing process?: 
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.: 
We do not keep the type of statistics you are seeking.
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