(a) Petition for hearing.(1) An employee may request a hearing by filing a written petition with the Managing Director of the Commission, or designated official stating why the employee believes the determination of the Commission concerning the existence or the amount of the debt is in error.
(2) The employee's petition must be executed under penalty of perjury by the employee and fully identify and explain with reasonable specificity all the facts, evidence and witnesses, if any, which the employee believes support his or her position.
(3) The petition must be filed no later than fifteen (15) calendar days from the date that the notification was hand delivered or the date of delivery by certified mail, return receipt requested.
(4) If a petition is received after the fifteenth (15) calendar day deadline referred to paragraph (a) (3) of this section, the Commission will nevertheless accept the petition if the employee can show, in writing, that the delay was due to circumstances beyond his or her control, or because of failure to receive notice of the time limit (unless otherwise aware of it).
(5) If a petition is not filed within the time limit specified in paragraph (a) (3) of this section, and is not accepted pursuant to paragraph (a)(4) of this section, the employee's right to hearing will be considered waived, and salary offset will be implemented by the Commission.
(b) Type of hearing.(1) The form and content of the hearing will be determined by the hearing official who shall be a person outside the control or authority of the Commission except that nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the appointment of an administrative law judge by the Commission. In determining the type of hearing, the hearing officer will consider the nature and complexity of the transaction giving rise to the debt. The hearing may be conducted as an informal conference or interview, in which the Commission and employee will be given a full opportunity to present their respective positions, or as a more formal proceeding involving the presentation of evidence, arguments and written submissions.
(2) The employee may represent him or herself, or may be represented by an attorney.
(3) The hearing official shall maintain a summary record of the hearing.
(4) The decision of the hearing officer shall be in writing, and shall state:
(i) The facts purported to evidence the nature and origin of the alleged debt;
(ii) The hearing official's analysis, findings, and conclusions, in the light of the hearing, as to—
(A) The employee's and/or agency's grounds,
(B) The amount and validity of the alleged debt, and,
(C) The repayment schedule, if applicable.
(5) The decision of the hearing official shall constitute the final administrative decision of the Commission.
Title 47 published on 2012-10-01
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