31 U.S. Code § 6712 - Discrimination proceedings
(a)Notice of Noncompliance.—
(b)Informal Presentation of Evidence.—A unit of general local government may present evidence informally to the Secretary within 30 days after the government receives a notice of noncompliance from the Secretary. Except as provided in subsection (e), the government may present evidence on whether—
the program or activity of the government violated a prohibition described in section 6711(b); and
any part of that program or activity has been paid for with a payment received under this chapter.
(c)Temporary Suspension of Payments.—By the end of the 30-day period under subsection (b), the Secretary shall decide whether the unit of general local government has not complied with section 6711(a) or (b), unless the government has entered into a compliance agreement under section 6714. If the Secretary decides that the government has not complied, the Secretary shall notify the government of the decision and shall suspend payments to the government under this chapter unless, within 10 days after the government receives notice of the decision, the government—
(d) Administrative Review of Suspensions.—
A proceeding requested under subsection (c)(2) shall begin by the 30th day after the Secretary receives a request for the proceeding. The proceeding shall be before an administrative law judge appointed under section 3105 of title 5, United States Code. By the 30th day after the beginning of the proceeding, the judge shall issue a preliminary decision based on the record at the time on whether the unit of general local government is likely to prevail in showing compliance with section 6711(a) or (b).
(2)Decision.—If the administrative law judge decides at the end of a proceeding under paragraph (1) that the unit of general local government has—
not complied with section 6711(a) or (b), the judge may order payments to the government under this chapter terminated; or
(e)Basis for Review.—
In a proceeding under subsections (b) through (d) on a program or activity of a unit of general local government about which a holding of discrimination has been made, the Secretary or administrative law judge may consider only whether a payment under this chapter was used to pay for any part of the program or activity. The holding of discrimination is conclusive. If the holding is reversed by an appellate court, the Secretary or judge shall end the proceeding.
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