7 CFR 1.151 - Ex parte communications.

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§ 1.151 Ex parte communications.
(a) At no stage of the proceeding between its institution and the issuance of the final decision shall the Judge or Judicial Officer discussex parte the merits of the proceeding with any person who is connected with the proceeding in an advocative or in an investigative capacity, or with any representative of such person: Provided, That procedural matters shall not be included within this limitation; and Provided further, That the Judge or Judicial Officer may discuss the merits of the case with such a person if all parties to the proceeding, or their attorneys have been given notice and an opportunity to participate. A memorandum of any such discussion shall be included in the record.
(b) No interested person shall make or knowingly cause to be made to the Judge or Judicial Officer anex parte communication relevant to the merits of the proceeding.
(c) If the Judge or the Judicial Officer receives anex parte communication in violation of this section, the one who receives the communication shall place in the public record of the proceeding:
(1) All such written communications;
(2) Memoranda stating the substance of all such oral communications; and
(3) All written responses, and memoranda stating the substance of all oral responses thereto.
(d) Upon receipt of a communication knowingly made or knowingly caused to be made by a party in violation of this section, the Judge or Judicial Officer may, to the extent consistent with the interests of justice and the policy of the underlying statute, require the party to show cause why his claim or interest in the proceeding should not be dismissed, denied, disregarded, or otherwise adversely affected on account of such violation.
(e) To the extent consistent with the interests of justice and the policy of the underlying statute, a violation of this section shall be sufficient grounds for a decision adverse to the party who knowingly commits a violation of thissection or who knowingly causes such a violation to occur.
(f) For purposes of this sectionex parte communication means an oral or written communication not on the public record with respect to which reasonable prior notice to all parties is not given, but it shall not include requests for status reports on any matter or the proceeding.
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§ 1.151 Ex parte communications.

(a) At no stage of the proceeding between its institution and the issuance of the final decision shall the Judge or Judicial Officer discuss ex parte the merits of the proceeding with any person who is connected with the proceeding in an advocative or in an investigative capacity, or with any representative of such person: Provided, That procedural matters shall not be included within this limitation; and Provided further, That the Judge or Judicial Officer may discuss the merits of the case with such a person if all parties to the proceeding, or their attorneys have been given notice and an opportunity to participate. A memorandum of any such discussion shall be included in the record.

(b) No interested person shall make or knowingly cause to be made to the Judge or Judicial Officer an ex parte communication relevant to the merits of the proceeding.

(c) If the Judge or the Judicial Officer receives an ex parte communication in violation of this section, the one who receives the communication shall place in the public record of the proceeding:

(1) All such written communications;

(2) Memoranda stating the substance of all such oral communications; and

(3) All written responses, and memoranda stating the substance of all oral responses thereto.

(d) Upon receipt of a communication knowingly made or knowingly caused to be made by a party in violation of this section, the Judge or Judicial Officer may, to the extent consistent with the interests of justice and the policy of the underlying statute, require the party to show cause why his claim or interest in the proceeding should not be dismissed, denied, disregarded, or otherwise adversely affected on account of such violation.

(e) To the extent consistent with the interests of justice and the policy of the underlying statute, a violation of this section shall be sufficient grounds for a decision adverse to the party who knowingly commits a violation of this section or who knowingly causes such a violation to occur.

(f) For purposes of this section ex parte communication means an oral or written communication not on the public record with respect to which reasonable prior notice to all parties is not given, but it shall not include requests for status reports on any matter or the proceeding.

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Title 7 published on 2015-01-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 7 CFR Part 1 after this date.

  • 2015-11-25; vol. 80 # 227 - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
    1. 80 FR 73679 - Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
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      DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
      Notice of proposed rulemaking.
      The comment period for the NPRM published on September 8, 2015 (80 FR 53933), is extended by 30 days and thus will end on January 6, 2016.
      6 CFR Part 46