15 U.S. Code § 687e - Removal or suspension of management officials

(a) Definition of “management official”
In this section, the term “management official” means an officer, director, general partner, manager, employee, agent, or other participant in the management or conduct of the affairs of a licensee.
(b) Removal of management officials
(1) Notice of removal
The Administrator may serve upon any management official a written notice of its intention to remove that management official whenever, in the opinion of the Administrator—
(A) such management official—
(i) has willfully and knowingly committed any substantial violation of—
(I) this chapter;
(II) any regulation issued under this chapter; or
(III) a cease-and-desist order which has become final; or
(ii) has willfully and knowingly committed or engaged in any act, omission, or practice which constitutes a substantial breach of a fiduciary duty of that person as a management official; and
(B) the violation or breach of fiduciary duty is one involving personal dishonesty on the part of such management official.
(2) Contents of notice
A notice of intention to remove a management official, as provided in paragraph (1), shall contain a statement of the facts constituting grounds therefor, and shall fix a time and place at which a hearing will be held thereon.
(3) Hearings
(A) Timing
A hearing described in paragraph (2) shall be fixed for a date not earlier than 30 days nor later than 60 days after the date of service of notice of the hearing, unless an earlier or a later date is set by the Administrator at the request of—
(i) the management official, and for good cause shown; or
(ii) the Attorney General of the United States.
(B) Consent
Unless the management official shall appear at a hearing described in this paragraph in person or by a duly authorized representative, that management official shall be deemed to have consented to the issuance of an order of removal under paragraph (1).
(4) Issuance of order of removal
(A) In general
In the event of consent under paragraph (3)(B), or if upon the record made at a hearing described in this subsection, the Administrator finds that any of the grounds specified in the notice of removal has been established, the Administrator may issue such orders of removal from office as the Administrator deems appropriate.
(B) Effectiveness
An order under subparagraph (A) shall—
(i) become effective at the expiration of 30 days after the date of service upon the subject licensee and the management official concerned (except in the case of an order issued upon consent as described in paragraph (3)(B), which shall become effective at the time specified in such order); and
(ii) remain effective and enforceable, except to such extent as it is stayed, modified, terminated, or set aside by action of the Administrator or a reviewing court in accordance with this section.
(c) Authority to suspend or prohibit participation
(1) In general
The Administrator may, if the Administrator deems it necessary for the protection of the licensee or the interests of the Administration, suspend from office or prohibit from further participation in any manner in the management or conduct of the affairs of the licensee, or both, any management official referred to in subsection (b)(1) of this section, by written notice to such effect served upon the management official.
(2) Effectiveness
A suspension or prohibition under paragraph (1)—
(A) shall become effective upon service of notice under paragraph (1); and
(B) unless stayed by a court in proceedings authorized by paragraph (3), shall remain in effect—
(i) pending the completion of the administrative proceedings pursuant to a notice of intention to remove served under subsection (b) of this section; and
(ii) until such time as the Administrator shall dismiss the charges specified in the notice, or, if an order of removal or prohibition is issued against the management official, until the effective date of any such order.
(3) Judicial review
Not later than 10 days after any management official has been suspended from office or prohibited from participation in the management or conduct of the affairs of a licensee, or both, under paragraph (1), that management official may apply to the United States district court for the judicial district in which the home office of the licensee is located, or the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, for a stay of the suspension or prohibition pending the completion of the administrative proceedings pursuant to a notice of intent to remove served upon the management official under subsection (b) of this section, and such court shall have jurisdiction to stay such action.
(d) Authority to suspend on criminal charges
(1) In general
Whenever a management official is charged in any information, indictment, or complaint authorized by a United States attorney, with the commission of or participation in a felony involving dishonesty or breach of trust, the Administrator may, by written notice served upon that management official, suspend that management official from office or prohibit that management official from further participation in any manner in the management or conduct of the affairs of the licensee, or both.
(2) Effectiveness
A suspension or prohibition under paragraph (1) shall remain in effect until the subject information, indictment, or complaint is finally disposed of, or until terminated by the Administrator.
(3) Authority upon conviction
If a judgment of conviction with respect to an offense described in paragraph (1) is entered against a management official, then at such time as the judgment is not subject to further appellate review, the Administrator may issue and serve upon the management official an order removing that management official, which removal shall become effective upon service of a copy of the order upon the licensee.
(4) Authority upon dismissal or other disposition
A finding of not guilty or other disposition of charges described in paragraph (1) shall not preclude the Administrator from thereafter instituting proceedings to suspend or remove the management official from office, or to prohibit the management official from participation in the management or conduct of the affairs of the licensee, or both, pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this section.
(e) Notification to licensees
Copies of each notice required to be served on a management official under this section shall also be served upon the interested licensee.
(f) Procedural provisions; judicial review
(1) Hearing venue
Any hearing provided for in this section shall be—
(A) held in the Federal judicial district or in the territory in which the principal office of the licensee is located, unless the party afforded the hearing consents to another place; and
(B) conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 5 of title 5.
(2) Issuance of orders
After a hearing provided for in this section, and not later than 90 days after the Administrator has notified the parties that the case has been submitted for final decision, the Administrator shall render a decision in the matter (which shall include findings of fact upon which its decision is predicated), and shall issue and cause to be served upon each party to the proceeding an order or orders consistent with the provisions of this section.
(3) Authority to modify orders
The Administrator may modify, terminate, or set aside any order issued under this section—
(A) at any time, upon such notice, and in such manner as the Administrator deems proper, unless a petition for review is timely filed in a court of appeals of the United States, as provided in paragraph (4)(B), and thereafter until the record in the proceeding has been filed in accordance with paragraph (4)(C); and
(B) upon such filing of the record, with permission of the court.
(4) Judicial review
(A) In general
Judicial review of an order issued under this section shall be exclusively as provided in this subsection.
(B) Petition for review
Any party to a hearing provided for in this section may obtain a review of any order issued pursuant to paragraph (2) (other than an order issued with the consent of the management official concerned, or an order issued under subsection (d) of this section), by filing in the court of appeals of the United States for the circuit in which the principal office of the licensee is located, or in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, not later than 30 days after the date of service of such order, a written petition praying that the order of the Administrator be modified, terminated, or set aside.
(C) Notification to administration
A copy of a petition filed under subparagraph (B) shall be forthwith transmitted by the clerk of the court to the Administrator, and thereupon the Administrator shall file in the court the record in the proceeding, as provided in section 2112 of title 28.
(D) Court jurisdiction
Upon the filing of a petition under subparagraph (A)—
(i) the court shall have jurisdiction, which, upon the filing of the record under subparagraph (C), shall be exclusive, to affirm, modify, terminate, or set aside, in whole or in part, the order of the Administrator, except as provided in the last sentence of paragraph (3)(B);
(ii) review of such proceedings shall be had as provided in chapter 7 of title 5; and
(iii) the judgment and decree of the court shall be final, except that the judgment and decree shall be subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States upon certiorari, as provided in section 1254 of title 28.
(E) Judicial review not a stay
The commencement of proceedings for judicial review under this paragraph shall not, unless specifically ordered by the court, operate as a stay of any order issued by the Administrator under this section.

Source

(Pub. L. 85–699, title III, § 313, as added Pub. L. 89–779, § 7,Nov. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 1360; amended Pub. L. 107–100, § 5,Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 967.)
References in Text

For definition of “this chapter”, referred to in subsec. (b)(1)(A)(i)(I), (II), see References in Text note set out under section 661 of this title.
Amendments

2001—Pub. L. 107–100amended section catchline and text generally. Prior to amendment, text related to removal and suspension of directors and officers of licensees, with regard to written notice of intention to remove and grounds for removal; suspension pending completion of administrative proceedings; a hearing upon notice of intention to remove a director or officer and issuance of an order of removal; a stay of suspension and/or prohibition by a United States district court; suspension of directors and officers charged with felonies involving dishonesty or breach of trust; and procedural aspects of hearings provided for in this section.

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