(a) The hearing shall be conducted by the same hearing officer who collected the documentary evidence, if possible, and shall be held at Bureau of the Census headquarters in Suitland, Md., unless the hearing officer determines that the hearing should be held elsewhere.
(b) The hearing shall be conducted in a manner so as to bring out the pertinent facts relating to the challenge.
(c) The rule of evidence will not be strictly enforced but irrelevant and unduly repetitious testimony shall be excluded.
(d) Cross-examination of all witnesses is permitted and all testimony shall be received under oath or affirmation.
(e) The hearing officer shall have the authority to: (1) Administer oaths or affirmations, (2) rule on the admissibility of evidence, (3) limit the number of witnesses, (4) exclude any person from the hearing room for contumacious conduct or misbehavior that obstructs the hearing, (5) perform other such acts as are necessary or appropriate to the efficient conduct of any proceeding, and (6) make initial findings, analyses, and recommendations.
(f) The hearing shall be recorded but no written record will be prepared unless the Bureau so orders or unless the challenging locality desires one in whole or part and pays the costs of such a written record, or the apportioned costs should the Bureau also desire a written record.
(g) The hearing officer shall prepare findings, analyses, and recommendations and shall transmit them along with all documentary evidence received and the tape or written record (if any) of the hearing to the Director.
[44 FR 20647, Apr. 6, 1979, as amended at 50 FR 18990, May 6, 1985]
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