34 CFR 34.16 - Issuance of the hearing decision.
(a) Date of decision. The hearing official issues a written opinion stating his or her decision, as soon as practicable, but not later than 60 days after the date on which we received the request for hearing.
(1) We do not issue a garnishment order until the hearing is held and a decision rendered; or
(2) If we have already issued a garnishment order to your employer, we suspend the garnishment order beginning on the 61st day after we receive the hearing request until we provide a hearing and issue a decision.