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Office of Administrative Law Judges
The Office of Administrative Law Judges conducts rulemaking and adjudicatory hearings throughout the United States in proceedings subject to the  Administrative Procedure Act. Approximately 50 statutes administered by agencies within the Department of Agriculture require APA hearings. The  Judges issue initial decisions and orders in adjudicatory proceedings, approve of consent decisions entered into by parties, and decide appeals of  debarments and suspensions.


OALJ Decisions

Hearing Clerk's Office

OALJ posts decisions and orders in four categories. 

Initial Decisions

Default Decisions

Miscellaneous Orders & Dismissals

Consent Decisions

OALJ also posts Agriculture Decisions, the official publication of decisions and orders issued in adjudicatory proceedings for the Department under various statutes and regulations.

Agriculture Decisions Publication


The Hearing Clerk's Office is responsible for maintaining and archiving the formal record in cases brought before the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The Hearing Clerk's Office serves pleadings, submissions, and decisions and orders upon parties and certifies the formal record of proceedings to federal courts upon appeal.

Office of the Hearing Clerk
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Stop 9203, Room 1031, South Building
Washington, DC 20250-9203

Phone: (202) 720-4443
Fax: (202) 720-9776

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