28 CFR 18.9 - Final agency decision.
(a) In hearings conducted under § 18.6, the responsible agency official shall make the final agency decision, on the basis of the record, findings, conclusions, and recommendations presented by the hearing examiner.
(b) Prior to making a final decision, the responsible agency official shall give the parties an opportunity to submit the following, within thirty (30) days after the submission of the hearing officer's recommendations:
(1) Proposed findings and determinations;
(2) Exceptions to the recommendations of the hearing officer; and
(3) Supporting reasons for the exceptions or proposed findings or determinations; and
(4) Final briefs summarizing the arguments presented at the hearing.