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§ 13.2

Provisions of law.

Title 19, U.S.C. § 1202, as amended. provides in part that,

The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, acting jointly, shall allocate on a fair and equitable basis among producers of watches and watch movements located in the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa the quotas for each calendar year * for articles which are the product of the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, respectively. Allocations made by the Secretaries shall be final. The Secretaries are authorized to issue such regulations as they determine necessary to carry out their duties under this paragraph.


Petition for issuance or review of a rule.

Any interested party has the right to petition for the issuance of a rule, or the amendment or repeal of a rule issued by the Departments of Commerce and the Interior, which is of general application to watch producers located in the insular possessions of the United States.

§ 13.3

§ 13.4 Petition procedures.

(a) All petitions shall be addressed to the two Secretaries and filed in two originals and four copies with the Business and Defense Services Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230, Attention: Scientific, Photographic and Business Equipment Division.

(b) All papers presented to the Secretaries shall bear on the cover the name and post office address of the petitioner and the name and address of the principal attorney, or authorized representative (if any) for the party concerned. Such papers shall contain the following in the order here indicated:

(1) A reference to the general rule which is the subject of the petition.

(2) A concise statement of the interest of the party submitting the petition.

(3) A listing of each of the grounds relied upon by the party submitting the petition.

(4) The argument generally amplifying the material in subparagraph (3) of this paragraph and exhibiting clearly the points of law, policy and fact being presented. In cases where policy error is contended, it should be pointed out what policy of the Secretaries is alleged to be wrong, what is wrong with it and what policy the submitting party advocates as the correct one.

(5) A conclusion specifying with particularity the action which the submit

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(e) "Respondent" means a person or organization against whom sanctions are proposed because of alleged violations of Executive Order 11246, as amended, and rules, regulations, and orders thereunder.

(f) "General Counsel" means "General Counsel, Maritime Administration”.

(g) "Hearing clerk" means "Secretary, Maritime Administration".

[36 F.R. 5906, Mar. 31, 1971, as amended at 36 F.R. 7218, Apr. 16, 1971]

§ 14.4

Time computation.

In computing any period of time under these rules or in an order issued hereunder, the time begins with the day following the act or event, and includes the last day of the period, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday observed in the District of Columbia, in which event it includes the next following business day. When the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than 7 days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays shall be excluded from the computation.

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(6) Examine witnesses and direct witnesses to testify.

(7) Receive, rule on, exclude, or limit evidence.

(8) Fix time limits for submission of written documents in matters before him.

(9) Take any action authorized by these Rules.

(10) Upon notice to all parties, modify or waive any rule upon a determination that no party will be prejudiced and that the ends of justice will thereby be served.

(b) The hearing examiner shall recommend a decision on the basis of the record before him. Together with his recommended decision, he shall propose findings of fact and conclusions of law to the Secretary.


§ 14.7

Participation by a party.

A party may appear in person, by representative, or by counsel, and participate fully in any proceeding held pursuant to these Rules.

§ 14.8 Determination of parties.

(a) The Respondent and the General Counsel, Maritime Administration are the initial parties to the proceeding. To the extent that proceedings hereunder are based in whole or in part on matters subject to a collective bargaining agreement, any labor organization which is a signatory to the agreement shall also have the right to participate as a party.

(b) Other persons or organizations shall have the right to participate as parties if the final decision could directly and adversely affect them or the class they represent, and if they may contribute materially to the disposition of the proceedings.

(c) Any person or organization wishing to participate as a party under this section shall submit a petition to the hearing examiner within 15 days after the notice has been filed. The petition should be filed with the hearing clerk and served on Respondent, on the General Counsel and on any other person or organization who has been made a party at the time of filing. Such petition shall concisely state: (1) Petitioner's interest in the proceeding, (2) how his participation as a party will contribute materially to the disposition of the proceeding, (3) who will appear for petitioner, (4) the issues on which petitioner wishes to participate, and (5) whether petitioner intends to present witnesses.

(d) The hearing examiner shall promptly ascertain whether there are objections to the petition. He shall then determine whether petitioners have the requisite interest to be a party in the proceedings, as defined in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, and shall permit or deny participation accordingly. Where petitions to participate as parties are made by individuals or groups with common interests, the hearing examiner may request all such petitioners to designate a single representative, or he may recognize one or more of such petitioners to represent all such petitioners; provided that the representative of a labor organization qualifying to participate under paragraph (a) of this section must be permitted to participate as a party. The hearing examiner shall give each such petitioner written notice of the decision on his petition. If the petition is denied, he shall briefly state the grounds for denial and shall then treat the petition as a request for participation as amicus curiae. The hearing examiner shall give written notice to each party of each petition granted.

(e) Persons or organizations whose petition for party participation is denied may appeal the decision to the Secretary within 7 days of receipt of denial. The Secretary will make the final decision to grant or deny the petition.

§ 14.9 Determination and participation of amici.

(a) Any interested person or organization wishing to participate as amicus curiae in the proceeding shall file a petition before the commencement of the hearing. Such petition shall concisely state the petitioner's interest in the hearing and who will represent petitioner.

(b) The hearing examiner will grant the petition if he finds that the petitioner has an interest in the proceedings and may contribute materially to the disposition of the proceedings. The hearing examiner shall give the petitioner written notice of the decision on his petition. If the petition is denied, the hearing examiner shall briefly state the grounds for denial. The hearing examiner shall give written notice to each party of each petition granted.

(c) An amicus curiae is not a party but may only participate as provided in paragraph (d) of this section.

(d) An amicus curiae may submit a written statement of position to the hearing examiner at any time prior to

the beginning of a hearing, and shall serve a copy on each party. He may also file a brief or written statement at such time as the parties submit proposed findings and conclusions and supporting briefs to the hearing examiner and at such times as the parties file exceptions to the decision of the hearing examiner.


Documents filed pursuant to a proceeding herein shall show the docket description and title of the proceeding, the party or amicus submitting the document, the date signed, and the title, if any, and address of the signatory. The original will be signed in ink by the person representing the party or amicus. Copies need not be signed, but the name of the person signing the original shall be reproduced.

§ 14.11

Filing and service.

(a) All documents submitted in a proceeding shall be served on all parties. The original and two copies of each document shall be submitted to the hearing clerk for filing. With respect to exhibits and transcripts of testimony, only originals need be filed.

(b) Service upon a party or amicus shall be made by delivering one copy of each document requiring service in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, properly addressed with postage prepaid to the party or amicus or his attorney, or designated representative. Filing will be made in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the hearing clerk, at the address stated in the notice of hearing.

(c) The date of filing or of service shall be the day when the matter is deposited in the U.S. mail or is delivered in person.

(d) A copy of all documents submitted in a proceeding shall be sent to the hearing examiner.

§ 14.12

Certificate of service.

The original of every document filed and required to be served upon parties shall be endorsed with a certificate of service signed by the party or amicus curiae making service or by his attorney or representative, stating that such service has been made, the date of service, and the manner of service.


§ 14.13

Notice of hearing.

In response to Respondent's request for a hearing, the General Counsel shall serve on the Respondent, pursuant to 41 CFR 60-1.26 (b) (1), a notice of hearing by registered mail, return receipt requested, to Respondent's last known address. Such notice shall contain the time and place of the hearing; the legal authority under which the proceedings are to be held; and the matters pursuant to which sanctions or other actions are proposed.

§ 14.14 Answer to notice.

Within 15 days after receipt of the notice of hearing, Respondent may file an answer. This answer shall admit or deny specifically and in detail matters set forth in each allegation of the notice unless Respondent is without knowledge, in which case his answer should so state, and the statement shall be deemed a denial. Matters not specifically denied shall be deemed admitted. Matters alleged in the answer as affirmative defenses shall be separately stated and numbered. Failure of Respondent to file an answer within the 15-day period following receipt of the notice may be deemed an admission of all facts recited in the notice.


§ 14.15

The Department may amend its notice once as a matter of course before an answer is filed, and Respondent may amend its answer once as a matter of course not later than 15 days after it is filed. Other amendments of the notice or of the answer to the notice shall be made only by leave of the hearing examiner. An amended notice shall be answered within 10 days of its service, or within the time for filing an answer to the original notice, whichever period is longer.

§ 14.16


Motions and petitions shall state the relief sought, the basis for relief and the authority relied upon. If made before or after the hearing itself, these matters shall be in writing. If made at the hearing, they may be stated orally; but the hearing examiner may require that they be reduced to writing and filed and served on all parties in the same manner as a formal motion. Within 8 days after a written motion or petition is served, any party may file a response to a mo

tion or petition. An immediate oral response may be made to an oral motion. Oral argument on motions will be at the discretion of the hearing examiner. § 14.17 Disposition of motions.

The hearing examiner may not grant a written motion or petition prior to expiration of the time for filing responses thereto, but may overrule or deny such motion or petition without awaiting response: Provided, however, That prehearing conferences, hearings, and decisions need not be delayed pending disposition of motions or petitions. Oral motions and petitions may be ruled on immediately.

§ 14.18 Interlocutory appeals.

No interlocutory appeals will be permitted from an adverse ruling except as specifically provided in these rules.

§ 14.19 Exhibits.

Proposed exhibits shall be exchanged at the prehearing conference, or otherwise prior to the hearing, if the hearing examiner requires. Proposed exhibits not so exchanged may be denied admission as evidence. The authenticity of all exhibits submitted prior to the hearing will be deemed admitted unless written objection thereto is filed and served on all parties, or unless good cause is shown for failure to file such written objection.

§ 14.20 Admissions as to facts and


Not later than 25 days prior to the date of the hearing any party may serve upon an opposing party a written request for the admission of the genuineness and authenticity of any relevant documents described in, and exhibited with, the request, or for the admission of the truth of any relevant matters of fact stated in the request. Each of the matters as to which an admission is requested shall be deemed admitted, unless within a period of 20 days, the party to whom the request is directed serves upon the requesting party a statement either (a) denying specifically the matters as to which an admission is requested, or (b) setting forth in detail the reasons why he cannot truthfully either admit or deny such matters.

§ 14.21


(a) Methods. Parties may obtain discovery by depositions, written interrogatories, production of documents, or other

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(b) (1) The party will give reasonable notice in writing to every other party of the time and place for taking depositions, the name and address of each person to be examined, if known, or a general description sufficient to identify him or the particular class or group to which he belongs.

(2) The notice to a deponent may be accompanied by a request for the production of documents and tangible things at the taking of the deposition.

(3) A party may name as the deponent a corporation, partnership, association, or governmental agency and may designate a particular person within the organization whose testimony is desired and the matters on which examination is requested. If no particular person is named, the organization shall designate one or more agents to testify on its behalf, and may set forth the matters on which each will testify. The persons so designated shall testify as to matters known or reasonably available to the organization.

(c) Examination and cross-examination of witnesses may proceed as permitted at the hearing. The officer before whom the deposition is to be taken shall

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