presiding officer

(7) “presiding officer” means— (A) in the case of an authority to which the provisions of subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5 apply, an administrative law judge appointed in the authority pursuant to section 3105 of such title or detailed to the authority pursuant to section 3344 of such title; or (B) in the case of an authority to which the provisions of such subchapter do not apply, an officer or employee of the authority who— (i) is selected under chapter 33 of title 5 pursuant to the competitive examination process applicable to administrative law judges; (ii) is appointed by the authority head to conduct hearings under section 3803 of this title ; (iii) is assigned to cases in rotation so far as practicable; (iv) may not perform duties inconsistent with the duties and responsibilities of a presiding officer; (v) is entitled to pay prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management independently of ratings and recommendations made by the authority and in accordance with chapter 51 of such title and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title; (vi) is not subject to performance appraisal pursuant to chapter 43 of such title; and (vii) may be removed, suspended, furloughed, or reduced in grade or pay only for good cause established and determined by the Merit Systems Protection Board on the record after opportunity for hearing by such Board;


31 USC § 3801(a)(7)

Scoping language

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