14 CFR 300.2 - Prohibited communications.

§ 300.2 Prohibited communications.
(a) Basic requirement. Except as provided in paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) there shall be no substantive communication in either direction between any concerned DOT employee and any interested person outside DOT, concerning a public proceeding, until after final disposition of the proceeding, other than as provided by Federal statute or published DOT rule or order.
(b) Definitions. For purposes of this part:
(1) A “substantive communication” is any written or oral communication relevant to the merits of the proceeding.
(2) The “DOT decisionmaker” is defined in 14 CFR 302.2 and 302.18.
(3) A “concerned DOT employee” is a DOT employee who is or may reasonably be expected to be directly involved in a decision which is subject to a public proceeding.
(4) A “public proceeding” is one of the following:
(i) A hearing proceeding (i.e., proceeding conducted on-the record after notice and opportunity for an oral evidentiary hearing as provided in §§ 302.17- 302.38)
(ii) A rulemaking proceeding involving a hearing as described in paragraph (b)(4)(i) of this section or an exemption proceeding covered by this chapter. (Other rulemaking proceedings are covered by the ex parte communication policies of DOT Order 2100.2.)
(iii) A tariff filing after DOT has ordered an investigation or a complaint has been filed or docketed.
(iv) A proceeding initiated by DOT show-cause order, after the filing in the docket of an identifiable written opposition to the order's tentative findings.
(v) Any other proceeding initiated by a docket filing, other than a petition for generally applicable rulemaking, after the filing in the docket of an identifiable written opposition to the initiating document.
(c) General exceptions. Paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply to the following:
(1) Informal communications between legal counsel, including discussions about stipulations and other communications considered proper in Federal court proceedings.
(2) Information given to a DOT employee who is participating in a hearing case on behalf of an office that is a party, to another DOT employee who is reviewing that work, or to his or her supervisors within that office.
(3) Communications made in the course of an investigation to determine whether formal enforcement action should be begun.
(4) Settlement discussions and mediation efforts.
(5) Information given at the request of a DOT employee acting upon a specific direction of DOT, in a case other than a hearing proceeding as described in paragraphs (b)(4) (i) and (ii) (a “nonhearing case”), where DOT has decided that emergency conditions exist and this rule would otherwise prevent the obtaining of needed information in a timely manner.
(6) Information given at the request of a DOT employee in a tariff matter after a complaint is filed but before an investigation is ordered.
(7) Nonhearing cases that are to be decided within 30 days after the filing of the initiating document.
(8) Nonhearing cases arising under 49 U.S.C. 41731-42.
(9) In nonhearing cases, communications with other Federal agencies not exempted by paragraph (e) of this section, provided the agencies have not participated as parties in the proceeding by making filings on-the-record.
(10) Information given at the request of a DOT career employee in the course of investigating or clarifying information filed, or pursuant to a waiver granted to an applicant or other interested person, in docketed proceedings involving determinations of fitness and/or U.S. citizenship only, for that portion of the proceeding that precedes the issuance of a show-cause order or an order instituting a formal proceeding. Motions for such waivers and any answers shall be filed in the applicable docket in accordance with § 302.11 of the Department's Procedural Regulations (14 CFR 302.11) and served upon all parties to the proceeding.
(d) Status and expedition requests. Paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply to oral or written communications asking about the status, or requesting expeditious treatment, of a public proceeding. However, any request for expeditious treatment should be made in accordance with the Rules of Practice, particularly Rule 11, § 302.11 of this chapter.
(e) National defense and foreign policy. In nonhearing cases, paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply to communications concerning national defense or foreign policy matters, including international aviation matters. In hearing cases, any communications on those subjects that would be barred by paragraph (a) of this section are permitted if the communicator's position with respect thereto cannot otherwise be fairly presented, but such communications shall not be included as part of the record on which decisions must be made.
(f) Communications not considered. A communication in violation of this section shall not be considered part of a record, or included as available material, for decision in any proceeding.
[Docket No. 82, 50 FR 2380, Jan. 16, 1985, as amended by Amdt. No. 300-7, 52 FR 18904, May 20, 1987; 60 FR 10312, Feb. 24, 1995; 60 FR 43528, Aug. 22, 1995; 60 FR 43528, Aug. 22, 1995; 65 FR 6456, Feb. 9, 2000]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 49 - TRANSPORTATION

§ 101 - Purpose

§ 102 - Department of Transportation

§ 103 - Federal Railroad Administration

§ 104 - Federal Highway Administration

§ 105 - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

§ 106 - Federal Aviation Administration

§ 107 - Federal Transit Administration

§ 108 - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

§ 109 - Maritime Administration

§ 110 - Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

§ 111 - Repealed.

§ 112 - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology of the Department of Transportation

§ 113 - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

§ 114 - Transportation Security Administration

§ 115 - Transportation Security Oversight Board

§ 40101 - Policy

§ 40102 - Definitions

§ 40103 - Sovereignty and use of airspace

§ 40104 - Promotion of civil aeronautics and safety of air commerce

§ 40105 - International negotiations, agreements, and obligations

§ 40106 - Emergency powers

§ 40107 - Presidential transfers

§ 40108 - Training schools

§ 40109 - Authority to exempt

§ 40110 - General procurement authority

§ 40111 - Multiyear procurement contracts for services and related items

§ 40112 - Multiyear procurement contracts for property

§ 40113 - Administrative

§ 40114 - Reports and records

§ 40115 - Withholding information

§ 40116 - State taxation

§ 40117 - Passenger facility charges

§ 40118 - Government-financed air transportation

§ 40119 - Security and research and development activities

§ 40120 - Relationship to other laws

§ 40121 - Air traffic control modernization reviews

§ 40122 - Federal Aviation Administration personnel management system

§ 40123 - Protection of voluntarily submitted information

§ 40124 - Interstate agreements for airport facilities

§ 40125 - Qualifications for public aircraft status

§ 40126 - Severable services contracts for periods crossing fiscal years

§ 40127 - Prohibitions on discrimination

§ 40128 - Overflights of national parks

§ 40129 - Collaborative decisionmaking pilot program

§ 41101 - Requirement for a certificate

§ 41102 - General, temporary, and charter air transportation certificates of air carriers

§ 41103 - All-cargo air transportation certificates of air carriers

§ 41104 - Additional limitations and requirements of charter air carriers

§ 41105 - Transfers of certificates

§ 41106 - Airlift service

§ 41107 - Transportation of mail

§ 41108 - Applications for certificates

§ 41109 - Terms of certificates

§ 41110 - Effective periods and amendments, modifications, suspensions, and revocations of certificates

§ 41111 - Simplified procedure to apply for, amend, modify, suspend, and transfer certificates

§ 41112 - Liability insurance and financial responsibility

§ 41113 - Plans to address needs of families of passengers involved in aircraft accidents

§ 41301 - Requirement for a permit

§ 41302 - Permits of foreign air carriers

§ 41303 - Transfers of permits

§ 41304 - Effective periods and amendments, modifications, suspensions, and revocations of permits

§ 41305 - Applications for permits

§ 41306 - Simplified procedure to apply for, amend, modify, and suspend permits

§ 41307 - Presidential review of actions about foreign air transportation

§ 41308 - Exemption from the antitrust laws

§ 41309 - Cooperative agreements and requests

§ 41310 - Discriminatory practices

§ 41311 - Gambling restrictions

§ 41312 - Ending or suspending foreign air transportation

§ 41313 - Plans to address needs of families of passengers involved in foreign air carrier accidents

§ 41501 - Establishing reasonable prices, classifications, rules, practices, and divisions of joint prices for foreign air transportation

§ 41502 - Establishing joint prices for through routes with other carriers

§ 41503 - Establishing joint prices for through routes provided by State authorized carriers

§ 41504 - Tariffs for foreign air transportation

§ 41505 - Uniform methods for establishing joint prices, and divisions of joint prices, applicable to commuter air carriers

§ 41506 - Price division filing requirements for foreign air transportation

§ 41507 - Authority of the Secretary of Transportation to change prices, classifications, rules, and practices for foreign air transportation

§ 41508 - Authority of the Secretary of Transportation to adjust divisions of joint prices for foreign air transportation

§ 41509 - Authority of the Secretary of Transportation to suspend, cancel, and reject tariffs for foreign air transportation

§ 41510 - Required adherence to foreign air transportation tariffs

§ 41511 - Special prices for foreign air transportation

§ 41701 - Classification of air carriers

§ 41702 - Interstate air transportation

§ 41703 - Navigation of foreign civil aircraft

§ 41704 - Transporting property not to be transported in aircraft cabins

§ 41705 - Discrimination against handicapped individuals

§ 41706 - Prohibitions against smoking on passenger flights

§ 41707 - Incorporating contract terms into written instrument

§ 41708 - Reports

§ 41709 - Records of air carriers

§ 41710 - Time requirements

§ 41711 - Air carrier management inquiry and cooperation with other authorities

§ 41712 - Unfair and deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition

§ 41713 - Preemption of authority over prices, routes, and service

§ 41714 - Availability of slots

§ 41715 - Phase-out of slot rules at certain airports

§ 41716 - Interim slot rules at New York airports

§ 41717 - Interim application of slot rules at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

§ 41718 - Special rules for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

§ 41719 - Air service termination notice

§ 41720 - Joint venture agreements

§ 41721 - Reports by carriers on incidents involving animals during air transport

§ 41722 - Delay reduction actions

§ 41723 - Notice concerning aircraft assembly

§ 41901 - General authority

§ 41902 - Schedules for certain transportation of mail

§ 41903 - Duty to provide certain transportation of mail

§ 41904 - Noncitizens transporting mail

§ 41905 - Emergency mail transportation

§ 41906 - Duty to oppose unreasonable prices under the Universal Postal Union Convention

§ 41907 - Weighing mail

§ 41908 - Effect on foreign postal arrangements

§ 41909

§ 41910

§ 41911 - Repealed.

§ 41912

§ 42101 to 42106 - Repealed.

§ 44901 - Screening passengers and property

§ 44902 - Refusal to transport passengers and property

§ 44903 - Air transportation security

§ 44904 - Domestic air transportation system security

§ 44905 - Information about threats to civil aviation

§ 44906 - Foreign air carrier security programs

§ 44907 - Security standards at foreign airports

§ 44908 - Travel advisory and suspension of foreign assistance

§ 44909 - Passenger manifests

§ 44910 - Agreements on aircraft sabotage, aircraft hijacking, and airport security

§ 44911 - Intelligence

§ 44912 - Research and development

§ 44913 - Explosive detection

§ 44914 - Airport construction guidelines

§ 44915 - Exemptions

§ 44916 - Assessments and evaluations

§ 44917 - Deployment of Federal air marshals

§ 44918 - Crew training

§ 44919 - Security screening pilot program

§ 44920 - Security screening opt-out program

§ 44921 - Federal flight deck officer program

§ 44922 - Deputation of State and local law enforcement officers

§ 44923 - Airport security improvement projects

§ 44924 - Repair station security

§ 44925 - Deployment and use of detection equipment at airport screening checkpoints

§ 44926 - Appeal and redress process for passengers wrongly delayed or prohibited from boarding a flight

§ 46101 - Complaints and investigations

§ 46102 - Proceedings

§ 46103 - Service of notice, process, and actions

§ 46104 - Evidence

§ 46105 - Regulations and orders

§ 46106 - Enforcement by the Department of Transportation

§ 46107 - Enforcement by the Attorney General

§ 46108 - Enforcement of certificate requirements by interested persons

§ 46109 - Joinder and intervention

§ 46110 - Judicial review

§ 46111 - Certificate actions in response to a security threat

§ 46301 - Civil penalties

§ 46302 - False information

§ 46303 - Carrying a weapon

§ 46304 - Liens on aircraft

§ 46305 - Actions to recover civil penalties

§ 46306 - Registration violations involving aircraft not providing air transportation

§ 46307 - Violation of national defense airspace

§ 46308 - Interference with air navigation

§ 46309 - Concession and price violations

§ 46310 - Reporting and recordkeeping violations

§ 46311 - Unlawful disclosure of information

§ 46312 - Transporting hazardous material

§ 46313 - Refusing to appear or produce records

§ 46314 - Entering aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements

§ 46315 - Lighting violations involving transporting controlled substances by aircraft not providing air transportation

§ 46316 - General criminal penalty when specific penalty not provided

§ 46317 - Criminal penalty for pilots operating in air transportation without an airman’s certificate

§ 46318 - Interference with cabin or flight crew

§ 46319 - Permanent closure of an airport without providing sufficient notice

§ 46501 - Definitions

§ 46502 - Aircraft piracy

§ 46503 - Interference with security screening personnel

§ 46504 - Interference with flight crew members and attendants

§ 46505 - Carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft

§ 46506 - Application of certain criminal laws to acts on aircraft

§ 46507 - False information and threats