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terial is true and complete to the best of the signer's information and belief.

8 1.191 Net worth exhibit.

(a) An applicant, except a qualified tax-exempt organization or cooperative association, must provide with its application a detailed exhibit showing the net worth of the applicant and any affiliates (as defined in $ 1.184 of this part) when the proceeding was initiated. The exhibit may be in any form convenient to the applicant that provides full disclosure of the applicant's and its affiliates' assets and liabilities and is sufficient to determine whether the applicant qualifies under the standards in this subpart. The adjudicative officer may require an applicant to file additional information to determine its eligibility for an award.

(b) Ordinarily, the net worth exhibit will be included in the public record of the proceeding. However, an applicant that objects to public disclosure of information in any portion of the exhibit and believes there are legal grounds for withholding it from disclosure may submit that portion of the exhibit directly to the adjudicative officer in a sealed envelope labeled “Confidential Financial Information,” accompanied by a motion to withhold the information from public disclosure. The motion shall describe the information sought to be withheld and explain, in detail, why it falls within one or more of the specific exemptions from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(b) (1) through (9). The material in question shall be served on counsel representing the agency against which the applicant seeks an award, but need not be sereved on any other party to the proceeding. If the adjudicative officer finds that the information should not be withheld from disclosure, it shall be placed in the public record of the proceeding. Otherwise, any request to inspect or copy the exhibit shall be disposed of in accordance with the established procedures of this Department under the Freedom of Information Act (8$ 1.1 through 1.23 of this part).

8 1.192 Documentation of fees and ex

penses. (a) The application shall be accompanied by full documentation of the fees and expenses, including the cost of any study, analysis, engineering report, test, project, or similar matter, for which an award is sought.

(b) The documentation shall include an affidavit from any attorney, agent, or expert witness representing or appearing in behalf of the party, stating the actual time expended and the rate at which fees and other expenses were computed and describing the specific services performed.

(1) The affidavit shall state the services performed. In order to establish the hourly rate, the affidavit shall state the hourly rate which is billed and paid by the majority of clients during the relevant time periods.

(2) If no hourly rate is paid by the majority of clients because, for instance, the attorney or agent represents most clients on a contingency basis, the attorney or agent shall provide information about two attorneys or agents with similar experience, who perform similar work, stating their hourly rate.

(c) The documentation also shall include a description of any expenses for which reimbursement is sought and a statement of the amounts paid and payable by the applicant or by any other person or entity for the services provided.

(d) The adjudicative officer may require the applicant to provide vouchers, receipts, or other substantiation for any fees or expenses claimed, pursuant to $ 1.199 of this part.

§ 1.193 Time for filing application.

(a) An application may be filed whenever the applicant has prevailed in the proceeding or in a significant and discrete substantive portion of the proceeding, but in no case later than 30 days after final disposition of the proceeding by the Department.

(b) For the purposes of this rule, final disposition means the date on which a decision or order disposing of the merits of the proceeding or any other complete resolution of the proceeding, such as a settlement or voluntary dismissal, become final and unappealable, both within the Department and to the courts.

(c) If review or reconsideration is sought or taken of a decision as to which an applicant believes it has prevailed, proceedings for the award of fees shall be stayed pending final disposition of the underlying controversy. When the United States appeals the underlying merits of an adversary adjudication to a court, no decision on an application for fees and other expenses in connection with that adversary adjudication shall be made until a final and unreviewable decision is rendered by the court on the appeal or until the underlying merits of the case have been finally determined pursuant to the appeal.

days, and further extensions may be granted by the adjudicative officer upon request by agency counsel and the applicant.

(c) The answer shall explain in detail any objections to the award requested and identify the facts relied on in support of agency counsel's position. If the answer is based on any alleged facts not already in the record of the proceeding, agency counsel shall include with the answer either supporting affidavits or a request for further proceedings under $ 1.199 of this part.

8 1.196 Reply.

Within 15 days after service of an answer, the applicant may file a reply. If the reply is based on any alleged facts not already in the record of the proceeding, the applicant shall include with the reply either supporting affidavits or a request for further proceedings under $ 1.199 of this part.

PROCEDURES FOR CONSIDERING

APPLICATIONS

8 1.197 Comments by other parties.

Any party to a proceeding other than the applicant and agency counsel may file comments on an application within 30 days after it is served or on an answer within 15 days after it is served. A commenting party may not participate further in proceedings on the application, unless the adjudicative officer determines that the public interest requires such participation in order to permit full exploration of matters raised in the comments.

8 1.194 Filing and service of documents.

Any application for an award or other pleading or document related to an application shall be filed and served on all parties to the proceeding in the same manner as other pleadings in the proceeding except as provided in § 1.191 of this part for confidential financial information. The provisions relating to filing, service, extensions of time, and computation of time contained in 1.147 of this part are incorporated into and made applicable to this subpart, except that the statutory 30 day time limit on filing the application as set out in $ 1.193 of this part may not be extended. 8 1.195 Answer to application.

(a) Within 30 days after service of an application, agency counsel may file an answer. If agency counsel fails to timely answer or settle the application, the adjudicative officer, upon a satisfactory showing of entitlement by the applicant, may make an award for the applicant's allowable fees and expenses.

(b) If agency counsel and the applicant believe that the issues in the fee application can be settled, they may jointly file a statement of intent to negotiate a settlement. The filing of this statement shall extend the time for filing an answer for an additional 30

8 1.198 Settlement.

The applicant and agency counsel may agree on a proposed settlement of the award before final action on the application, either in connection with a settlement of the underlying proceeding, or after the underlying proceeding has been concluded. If a prevailing party and agency counsel agree on a proposed settlement of an award before an application has been filed, the application shall be filed with the proposed settlement.

8 1.199 Further proceedings.

(a) Ordinarily, the determination of an award will be made on the basis of the written record. However, on resubstantially justified, whether the applicant unduly protracted the proceedings, or whether special circumstances make an award unjust. If the applicant has sought an award against more than one agency, the decision shall allocate responsibility for payment of any award made among the agencies, and shall explain the reasons for the allocation made.

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quest of either the applicant or agency counsel, or on his or her own initiative, the adjudicative officer may order further proceedings, such as an informal conference, oral argument, additional written submissions or, as to issues other than substantial justification (such as the applicant's eligibility or substantiation of fees and expenses), pertinent discovery or an evidentiary hearing. Such further proceedings shall be held only when necessary for full and fair resolution of the issues arising from the application, and shall be conducted as promptly as possible. Whether the position of the Department was substantially justified shall be determined on the basis of the administrative record, a whole, which is made in the adversary adjudi. cation for which fees and other expenses are sought.

(b) A request that the adjudicative officer order further proceedings under this section shall identify specif. ically the information sought or the disputed issues, and shall explain specifically why the additional proceedings are nece ary to resolve the issues.

(c) In the event that an evidentiary hearing is held, it shall be conducted pursuant to $$ 1.130 through 1.151 of this part, except that any hearing in a proceeding covered by $ 1.183(a)(1)(ii) of this part shall be conducted pursuant to Rules 17 through 25 of the Board of Contract Appeals contained in § 24.21 of this title.

8 1.201 Department review.

(a) Except with respect to a proceed. ing covered by $ 1.183(a)(1)(ii) of this part, either the applicant or agency counsel may seek review of the initial decision on the fee application, in accordance with

the provisions $ $ 1.145(a) and 1.146(a) of this part. If neither the applicant nor agency counsel seeks review, the initial decision on the fee application shall become a final decision of the Department 35 days after it is served upon the applicant. If review is taken, it will be in accord with the provisions of $ $ 1.145(b) through (i) and 1.146(b) of this part.

(b) With respect to a proceeding covered by $ 1.183(a)(1)(ii) of this part, either party may seek reconsideration of the decision on the fee application in accordance with Rule 29 of the Board of Contract Appeals contained in $ 24.21 of this title. In addition, either party may appeal a decision of the Board of Contract Appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 41 U.S.C. 607.

8 1.202 Judicial review.

Judicial review of final agency decisions on awards may be sought as provided in 5 U.S.C. 504(0)(2).

8 1.200 Decision.

The adjudicative officer or Board of Contract Appeals shall issue an initial decision on the application as expeditiously as possible after completion of proceedings on the application. Whenever possible, the decision shall be made by the same administrative judge or panel that decided the contract appeal for which fees are sought. The decision shall include written findings and conclusions on the applicant's eligibility and status as a prevailing party, and an explanation of the reasons for any difference between the amount requested and the amount awarded. This decision also shall include, if at issue, findings on whether the position of the Department was

8 1.203 Payment of award.

An applicant seeking payment of an award shall submit to the head of the agency administering the statute involved in the proceeding a copy of the final decision of the Department granting the award, accompanied by a statement that the applicant will not seek review of the decision in the United States courts. The agency will pay the amount awarded to the applicant within 60 days, unless judicial review of the award or of the underlying decision of the adversary adjudication has been sought by the applicant or any other party to the proceeding.

Subpart K-Appearance of USDA Em

ployees as Witnesses in Judicial or Administrative Proceedings

SOURCE: 55 FR 42347, Oct. 19, 1990, unless otherwise noted.

(e) USDA means the United States Department of Agriculture.

(f) USDA agency means an organizational unit of USDA whose head reports to an official within the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture.

(g) Valid summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process means an order that is served properly and within the legal authority and the jurisdictional boundaries of the court or administrative agency or official that has issued it.

(h) Witness fees means the amount of money paid to a witness as compensation for attendance at a judicial or administrative proceeding.

8 1.210 Purpose.

This subpart sets forth procedures governing the appearance of USDA employees as witnesses in order to testify or produce official documents in judicial or administrative proceedings when such appearance is in their offi. cial capacity or arises out of or is related to their employment with USDA. These regulations do not apply to appearances by USDA employees as witnesses in judicial or administrative proceedings which are purely personal or do not arise out of or relate to their employment with USDA. This subpart also does not apply to Congressional requests or subpoenas for testimony or documents.

1.212 General.

NO USDA employee may provide testimony or produce documents in a judicial or administrative proceeding unless authorized in accordance with this subpart.

$ 1.213 Appearance as a witness on behalf

of the United States. An employee of USDA may appear as a witness on behalf of the United States in any judicial or administrative proceeding without the issuance of a summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process. Employees should obtain permission for such an appearance from their immediate supervisor unless the USDA agency or General Counsel has issued instructions providing otherwise.

$ 1.211 Definitions.

(a) Administrative proceeding means any proceeding pending before any federal, state, or local agency and undertaken for the purpose of the issuance of any regulations, orders, licenses, permits, or other rulings, or the adjudication of any matter, dispute, or controversy.

(b) Appearance means testimony or production of documents the request for which arises out of an employee's official duties with USDA or relates to his or her employment with USDA. For the purpose of this subpart, an appearance also includes an affidavit, deposition, interrogatory, or other required written submission. (c) Judicial proceeding means any

or controversy pending before any federal, state, or local court.

(d) Travel expenses means the amount of money paid to a witness for reimbursement for transportation, lodging, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses in connection with attendance at a judicial or administrative proceeding.

8 1.214 Appearance as a witness on behalf

of a party other than the United States

where the United States is not a party. (a) An employee of USDA served with a valid summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process demanding his or her appearance, or otherwise requested to appear on behalf of a party other than the United States in a judicial or administrative proceeding in which the United States is not a party, shall promptly notify the head of his or her USDA agency of the existence and nature of the order compelling his or her appearance, or of the document requesting his or her attendance. He or she shall also specify, if that is known, the nature of the judicial or administrative proceeding and the

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est of USDA, authorizing officials should consider the following:

(i) what interest of USDA would be promoted by the employee's testimony;

(ii) whether an appearance would result in an unnecessary interference with the duties of the USDA employee;

(iii) whether an employee's testimony would result in the appearance of improperly favoring one litigant over another.

(2) The considerations listed in paragraph (e)(1) of this section are illustrative and not exhaustive.

nature of the testimony or documents requested.

(b)(1) An employee of USDA served with a valid summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process, or requested to appear as a witness on behalf of a party other than the United States in a judicial or administrative proceeding in which the United States is not a party, may appear only if such appearance has been authorized by the head of his or her USDA agency, with the concurrence of the General Counsel, based upon a determination that such an appearance is in the interest of USDA.

(2) An employee of USDA requested to appear as a witness on behalf of a party other than the United States in a judicial or administrative proceeding in which the United States is not a party, without the service of a valid summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process, may appear only if such appearance has been authorized by the head of his or her USDA agency and approved by the appropriate Assistant Secretary, Under Secretary or other general officer, and by the General Counsel, based upon a determination that such an appearance is in the interest of USDA.

(c) Unless an appearance is authorized as provided in paragraphs (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this section, the employee shall appear at the stated time and place (unless advised by the General Counsel or his or her designee that the summons, subpoena, or other process was not validly issued or served), produce a copy of these regulations and respectfully decline to provide any testimony. As appropriate, the General Counsel or his or her designee will request the assistance of the Department of Justice or of a United States Attorney, in the case of a judicial proceeding; or of the official or attorney representing the United States, in the case of an administrative proceeding, to represent the interests of the employee and USDA.

(d) If there is any question regarding the validity of a summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process, an employee shall contact the Office of the General Counsel for advice.

(e)(1) In determining whether the employee's appearance is in the inter

8 1.215 Subpoenas duces tecum for USDA

records in judicial or administrative proceedings in which the United States

is not a party. (a) Subpoenas duces tecum for USDA records in judicial or administrative proceedings in which the United States is not a party shall be deemed to be requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act and shall be handled pursuant to the rules governing public disclosure under subpart A of this part.

(b) Whenever a subpoena duces tecum compelling the production of records is served on a USDA employee in a judicial or administrative proceeding in which the United States is not a party, the employee, after consultation with the General Counsel or his or her designee, shall appear in response thereto, respectfully decline to produce the records on the grounds that it is prohibited by this section and state that the production of the records involved will be handled in accordance with subpart A of this part.

8 1.216 Appearance as a witness or pro

duction of documents on behalf of a party other than the United States

where the United States is a party. (a) An employee of USDA served with a valid summons, subpoena, or other compulsory process demanding his or her appearance, or otherwise requested to appear or produce documents on behalf of a party other than the United States in a judicial or administrative proceeding in which the United States is a party, shall prompt

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