7 CFR 400.131 - Request for a hearing and result if an employee fails to meet deadlines.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, an employee must file a petition for hearing that is received by the FCIC Official not later than 30 calendar days from the date of the notice of intent to collect a debt by salary offset, if the employee wants a hearing concerning:
(1) The existence or amount of the debt; or
(2) The FCIC Official's proposed offset schedule, including the percentage of deduction.
(b) The petition must be signed by the employee and should clearly identify and explain with reasonable specificity and brevity the facts, evidence and witnesses which the employee believes support the his or her position. If the employee objects to the percentage of disposable salary to be deducted from each check, the petition should state the objection and the reasons for it.
(c) If the employee files a petition for hearing later than the 30 days provided in paragraph (a) of this section, the FCIC Official may accept the petition if the employee is able to show that the delay caused by conditions beyond his or her control, or because the employee failed to received the notice of the filing deadline (unless the employee has actual notice of the deadline).
(1) Fails to file a petition for hearing as set forth in this subsection; or
(2) Is scheduled to appear and fails to appear at the hearing.