5 CFR 831.1107 - Powers of presiding officers.
The presiding officer may:
(a) Administer oaths and affirmations;
(b) Rule upon offers of proof and receive relevant evidence;
(c) Fix the time and place of hearing;
(d) Regulate the course of the hearing;
(e) Exclude any person from the hearing for contumacious conduct or misbehavior that obstructs the hearing;
(f) Hold conferences for simplification of the issues, or for any other purpose;
(g) Dispose of procedural requests or similar matters;
(h) Authorize the filing of briefs and set the time for filing;
(i) Make initial decisions; and
(j) Take any other action in the course of the proceeding consistent with the purposes of this subpart.