(a) Location. The Appeal Deciding Officer shall maintain the appeal record in one location.
(b) Contents. The appeal record shall consist of information filed with the Appeal Deciding Officer, including the appealable decision, appeal, intervention request, responsive statement, reply, oral presentation summary or transcript, procedural orders and other rulings, and any correspondence or other documentation related to the appeal as determined by the Appeal Deciding Officer.
(c) Closing of the record.
(1) The Appeal Deciding Officer shall close the appeal record on:
(i) The day after the date the reply to the responsive statement is due if no oral presentation is conducted;
(ii) The day after the oral presentation is conducted if no transcript of the oral presentation is being prepared; or
(iii) The day after the date a transcript of the oral presentation is due if one is being prepared.
(2) The Appeal Deciding Officer shall notify all parties to the appeal of closing of the record.
(d) Inspection by the public. The appeal record is open for public inspection in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and 7 CFR part 1.