7 CFR 1.132 - Definitions.
As used in this subpart, the terms as defined in the statute under which the proceeding is conducted and in the regulations, standards, instructions, or orders issued thereunder, shall apply with equal force and effect. In addition and except as may be provided otherwise in this subpart:
Administrator means the Administrator of the Agency administering the statute involved, or any officer or employee of the Agency to whom authority has heretofore been delegated, or to whom authority may hereafter be delegated, to act for the Administrator.
Complainant means the party instituting the proceeding.
Complaint means the formal complaint, order to show cause, or other document by virtue of which a proceeding is instituted.
Decision means: (1) The Judge's initial decision made in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 556 and 557, and includes the Judge's (i) findings and conclusions and the reasons or basis therefor on all material issues of fact, law or discretion, (ii) order, and (iii) rulings on proposed findings, conclusions and orders submitted by the parties; and
Hearing means that part of the proceeding which involves the submission of evidence before the Judge for the record in the proceeding.
Hearing Clerk means the Hearing Clerk, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.
Judicial Officer means an official of the United States Department of Agriculture delegated authority by the Secretary of Agriculture, pursuant to the Act of April 4, 1940 ( 7 U.S.C. 450c- 450g) and Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1953 (5 U.S.C. App. (1988)), to perform the function involved ( § 2.35(a) of this chapter), or the Secretary of Agriculture if the authority so delegated is exercised by the Secretary.
Mail means to deposit an item in the United States Mail with postage affixed and addressed as necessary to cause it to be delivered to the address shown by ordinary mail, or by certified or registered mail if specified.
Respondent means the party proceeded against.