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DATE: March 12, 2002

SUBJECT: Small Business Administration; Rules of Procedure Governing Cases Before the Office of Hearings and Appeals

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 12, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 48, page 11057

AGENCIES: Small Business Administration (SBA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: The SBA proposes to amend its regulations governing proceedings before the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to revise and clarify procedures, conform the regulations to other regulations and procedures developed by case law and prevailing practice, and make plain language revisions.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The SBA's regulations are in Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter 1, Small Business Administration. Most of the regulations proposed for revision are in 13 CFR Part 134, Rules of Procedure Governing Cases Before the Office of Hearings and Appeals.

DATES: Comments must be received by April 11, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Gloria E. Blazsik, Acting Assistant Administrator for Hearings and Appeals, 409 Third Street, SW, Suite 5900, Washington, DC 20416; or by e-mail to OHA@sba.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Wolter, Attorney Advisor, Office of Hearings and Appeals, 202-401-1420; TDD: 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The SBA proposes to revise 13 CFR Part 134, the rules of procedure governing cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. The SBA last comprehensively revised the regulations in 1996, then made additional revisions in 1998 and 2000 (for more on the 2000 changes, see the September 25, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Small Business Administration; Rules Governing 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business Status Cases").

The proposed rule would make the following major revisions to OHA's procedures:

Deadlines and Associated Actions Regarding Appeals

Clarification and Simplification of OHA's Procedures

Expedite and Streamline OHA's Procedures

Conform 13 CFR Part 134 to Other SBA regulations, OHA Case Law, and Prevailing Practices

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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