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two copies of any documents, other than those submitted by appellant in its complaint-which the respondent considers to be material. These should be organized and indexed as required under paragraph (a) of this rule and shall include those documents already in the possession of the Department and identified and requested by the appellant in accordance with paragraph (a) of this rule.

(C) The Board, on its own initiative, or in response to an appropriate request from a party to the dispute, may order a party to submit additional material wherever the Board considers it useful in resolving the dispute.

RULE 4. OBJECTIONS TO EVIDENCE SUBMITTED

(a) Any objection to a document or other evidence submitted in the complaint or answer shall be raised as early as possible. The parties shall attempt to resolve such objections informally between themselves before asking the Board to intercede.

(b) For those appeals that are to be resolved on the basis of a written record under method 1, either party may object to inclusion of materials or documents at any point prior to conclusion of the briefing schedule.

(c) For those appeals that are submitted for resolution using method 2, either party may object to inclusion of materials or documents at any time prior to the conclusion of the hearing.

(d) For those appeals processed under method 3, any materials or documents submitted shall not be included in the record upon which the Board's decision will be based unless they are specifically offered and admitted into evidence.

(e) The Board will use the Federal Rules of Evidence as a guide in determining admissibility of evidence but may exercise its sound discretion where appropriate.

(ii) Where the appeal involves an amount in dispute of less that $10,000, the appellant may, upon specific request, have the Board issue a brief final order affirming or reversing the agency financial assistance officer or contracting officer decision, without a written decision.

(3) Inadequate record. (i) If the Board decides that the written record presented is inadequate, the Board may present written questions to the parties; require further briefing on specified issues; require that oral testimony be presented; or take any other action that it considers necessary to develop a record upon which to base a sound decision.

(ii) One or both parties may sometimes believe that an issue on appeal requires more development than has been achieved on the written record. Therefore, on request of either or both parties, and if the Board agrees that it is appropriate to further develop the record, the Board may require the use of further appropriate procedures as applicable to hearings conducted pursuant to paragraphs (b) or (c) of this rule.

(4) Record for decision. The record upon which the decision will be based will consist of the complaint and answer (after disposition of all objections), the briefs or statements of the parties, and any other documents or material specifically allowed by the Board. A decision will be issued as soon as practicable (whenever possible within 30 days) after all submissions are filed or after the time for filing has expired.

(b) Method 2: Conference hearing—(1) Witness statement. Within 20 days after the filing and receipt of respondent's answer, each party shall submit a witness statement to Board, with a copy to the other party. The witness statement must contain a list of anticipated witnesses, with a brief summary of the expected testimony of each, and a description of the testimony's relevance to the specific issues and to the matter in dispute. The statement may also contain a list of questions which the presiding Board member may ask of the other party's witness, or an identification of issue areas in which inquiry by the presiding Board member would be appropriate. The Board may on its own initiative reject unduly repetitious, lengthy or otherwise burdensome questions, and may order a party to include additional witnesses, or to exclude multiple witnesses who would testify on the same matter.

(2) Response to the witness statement. Within 15 days after each party receives the other's witness statement, each party may respond by submitting a supplemental statement to the Board, with a copy to the other party. The supplemental statement may add to earlier information, or may present any written objections to the proposed questions or issue areas, or to the proposed witnesses.

RULE 5. ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF APPEAL

(a) Method 1. Proceeding on the written record. (1) Within 20 days after the appellant receives the respondent's answer, the appellant may submit to the Board (with a copy to respondent) a brief or statement containing the appellant's argument in support of its claim. Within 20 days after receipt of the appellant's brief or statement, the respondent may submit to the Board (with a copy to the appellant) a brief or statement containing the agency's response. Appellant may submit a further reply, but must do so within 10 days after appellant's receipt of respondent's submission.

(2) Accelerating the procedure. The appellant may choose one or more of the following mechanisms to speed the process.

(i) The appellant may choose to submit a single brief or statement with, or as part of, its election letter, and may consolidate the election letter with its notice of appeal.

1023) as may be needed to provide an orderly proceeding.

(2) Informal conference before the hearing. Generally, the Board will require the parties to appear at an early prehearing conference (which, at the option of the Board, may be conducted by telephone conference call), to consider any of the following: the possibility of settlement; simplifying and clarifying issues; stipulations and admissions of facts, limitations on evidence and witnesses that will be presented at the hearing; agreement on issues in dispute; and any other matter that may aid in disposing of the appeal. The Board, in its discretion, may record the results of the conference in a document which will be made part of the record, or may have the prehearing conference transcribed.

(3) Record for decision. The record upon which the decision will be based by the Board will consist of the complaint and answer, other pleadings, orders, stipulations that resulted from prehearing conferences, the transcript and testimony of any witness, any additional papers or exhibits introduced at the hearing, and the briefs of the parties. The Board will issue a decision as soon as practicable (whenever possible within 120 days) after all briefs are filed or after the time for filing briets has expired.

(3) The conference hearing. (i) As soon as preparations are concluded, the Board will set a date for a hearing, to be held at a time and place determined by the Board to best serve the interests of all concerned. On request by either party, and for good cause, the Board may, in its discretion, change the time and place of the hearing. The parties are responsible for producing witnesses specified in the witness statements at the time and place set for the hearing conference. A transcript or other recording will be made.

(ii) At the conference hearing, each party may make a brief opening statement. The witnesses will be questioned based on their statements; and the Board may inquire further of each witness for information which may or may not be included in the witness' statement. At the end of each witness' testimony, either party may suggest additional questions, which the Board may ask, if no objections thereto have been sustained. The Board may permit or require the parties or their representatives to comment further on issues of fact or law. Brief closing statements will be permitted.

(iii) Except for opening and closing statements, and any questions asked during direct testimony, or as otherwise specifically allowed by the Board, the only oral communications in the record will be those of the Board member and the witnesses. Generally, no documentary evidence will be received at a conference hearing. Although the conference hearing is informal, witnesses will be required to testify under oath.

(4) Procedures after the hearing. Upon request, post hearing briefs may be allowed to be submitted within an appropriate time as may be set by the Board. No rebuttal briefs shall be permitted.

(5) Record for decision. The record upon which the decision will be based will consist of the complaint and answer (after disposition of the objections), the hearing transcript, briefs of the parties, and any other such documents specifically admitted by the Board into the record. The Board will issue a decision as soon as practicable (whenever possible within 60 days) after all submissions are filed or after the time for filing has expired.

(c) Method 3: Full evidentiary hearing-(1) Special requirement. If the appellant decides it is appropriate to seek å full evidentiary hearing, its election letter submitted under Rule 2 must specifically indicate this choice. This method may also be used where the dis puted matter involves a complex fact situation or would require extensive preparation, In such circumstances, the respondent my request, and the Board may approve, the use of this method. When this method is adopted, the Board may use the Rules of Procedure of the Board of Contract Appeals (10 CFR part

RULE 6. PARTIES TO THE APPEAL Generally, the only parties to the appeal are the financial assistance recipient which received the final agency decision on which the appeal is based, and the Department. However, upon request the Board may allow a third party to present the case on appeal or appear with a party in the case. when the Board determines that the third party is a real party in interest.

RULE 7. REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE BOARD

(a) The appellant. An appellant may appear before the Board in person or through a representative. The appellant's notice of appeal, or the appellant's election letter submitted pursuant to Rule 2 must specify the name. address and telephone number of the appellant's representative. An attorney representing appellant shall file a written notice of appearance. If represented by someone other than an attorney, appellant shall submit a declaration, signed by a responsible official of the appellant, that the person is authorized to act for the appellant.

(b) The respondent. As soon as practicable, and no more than 20 days after receiving the notice of appeal under Rule 1, the attorney representing the interest of the respondent shall file a notice of appearance and shall serve the notice on the appellant, or the appellant's attorney.

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RULE 8. DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO MEET

DEADLINES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS (a) Whenever an appeal record discloses the failure of any party to file documents required by these rules, respond to notices or correspondence from the Board, or otherwise indicates an intention by that party not to continue the prosecution or defense of an appeal, the Board may issue an order requiring the offending party to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed, or granted, as appropriate. If the offending party does not, or is not able to respond adequately, the Board may take such action as it deems reasonable and proper.

(b) If any party fails or refuses to obey an order issued by the Board, the Board may issue such orders as it considers necessary to permit the just and expeditious conduct of the appeal, including dismissal. RULE 9. THE BOARD'S POWERS, FUNCTIONS,

AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Board has been delegated all powers necessary for the performance of its duties, including but not limited to the authority to conduct hearings, call witnesses, dismiss appeals with or without prejudice, order the production of documents and other evidence. administer oaths and affirmations, issue subpoenas, order depositions to be taken, take official notice of facts within general knowledge, and decide all questions of fact and law. In discharging its functions, the Board shall provide an expeditious, just, and relatively inexpensive forum for resolving the dispute.

Sec. 1036.100 Purpose. 1036.105 Definitions. 1036.110 Coverage. 1036.115 Policy.

Subpart B-Effect of Action 1036.200 Debarment or suspension. 1036.205 Ineligible persons. 1036.210 Voluntary exclusion 1036.215 Exception provision. 1036.220 Continuation of covered trans

actions. 1036.225 Failure to adhere to restrictions.

Subpart C-Debarment 1036.300 General. 1036.305 Causes for debarment. 1036.310 Procedures. 1036.311 Investigation and referral. 1036.312 Notice of proposed debarment. 1036.313 Opportunity to contest proposed de

barment. 1036.314 Debarring official's decision. 1036.315 Settlement and voluntary exclu

sion. 1036.320 Period of debarment. 1036.325 Scope of debarment.

Subpart D-Suspension

RULE 10. EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS (COMMUNICATIONS OUTSIDE THE RECORD) (a) Written or oral communications with a Board member by one party without the participation or notice to the other about the merits of the appeal is not permitted. No member of the Board, or the Board's staff, shall consider, nor shall any person directly or indirectly involved in an appeal, submit any off the record information, whether written or oral, relating to any matter at issue in an appeal.

(b) This rule does not apply to communications among members and staff, nor to communications concerning the Board's administrative functions or procedures. RULE 11. NOTICE AND LOCATION OF HEARINGS

Hearings will be held at such places and at such times determined by the Board to best serve the interests of the parties and the Board. In scheduling hearings, the Board will consider the desires of the parties and the requirement for just and inexpensive determination of appeals without unnecessary delay. The parties shall be given at least 15 days notice of time and place set for hear

1036.400 General. 1036.405 Causes for suspension. 1036.410 Procedures. 1036.411 Notice of suspension. 1036.412 Opportunity to contest suspension. 1036.413 Suspending official's decision. 1036.415 Period of suspension. 1036.420 Scope of suspension.

Subpart E-Responsibilities of GSA, Agency

and Participants

1036.500 GSA responsibilities. 1036.505 DOE responsibilities. 1036.510 Participant's responsibilities.

ings.

Subpart F-Drug-Free Workplace

Requirements (Grants) 1036.600 Purpose. 1036.605 Definitions. 1036.610 Coverage. 1036.615 Grounds for suspension of pay

ments, suspension or termination of

grants, or suspension or debarment. 1036.620 Effect of violation. 1036.625 Exception provision. 1036.630 Certification requirements and pro

cedures. 1036.635 Reporting of and employee sanc

tions for convictions of criminal drug offenses.

Subpart G-Additional DOE Procedures for

Debarment and Suspension 1036.700 Procedures. 1036.705 Coordination with Department of

Justice. 1036.715 Effects of being listed on the GSA

list. APPENDIX A TO PART 1036–CERTIFICATION RE

GARDING DEBARMENT, SUSPENSION, AND
OTHER RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS-PRI-

MARY COVERED TRANSACTIONS
APPENDIX B TO PART 1036–CERTIFICATION RE-

GARDING DEBARMENT, SUSPENSION, INELI-
GIBILITY AND VOLUNTARY EXCLUSION-

LOWER TIER COVERED TRANSACTIONS APPENDIX C TO PART 1036–CERTIFICATION RE

GARDING DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE RE

QUIREMENTS AUTHORITY: E.O. 12549; Sec. 5151-5160 of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988(Pub. L. 100690, Title V, Subtitle D; 41 U.S.C. 701 et seq.); Secs. 644 and 646, Pub. L. 95-91, 91 Stat. 599 (42 U.S.C. 7254 and 7256); Pub. L. 97-258, 98 Stat. 1003-1005(31 U.S.C.) 6301-6308.

CROSS REFERENCE: See also Office of Management and Budget notice published at 60 FR 33036, June 26, 1995.

SOURCE: 53 FR 19204, May 26, 1988, unless otherwise noted.

EDITORIAL NOTE: For additional information, see related documents published at 52 FR 20360, May 29, 1987; 53 FR 19160, May 26, 1988; 53 FR 34474, Sept. 6, 1988, and 55 FR 21688, May 25, 1990.

from Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under Federal programs and activities. Debarment or suspension of a participant in a program by one agency shall have governmentwide effect.

(b) These regulations implement section 3 of E.O. 12549 and the guidelines promulgated by the Office of Management and Budget under section 6 of the E.O. by:

(1) Prescribing the programs and activities that are covered by the governmentwide system;

(2) Prescribing the governmentwide criteria and governmentwide minimum due process procedures that each agency shall use;

(3) Providing for the listing of debarred and suspended participants, participants declared ineligible (see definition of "ineligible" in $ 1036.105). and participants who have voluntarily excluded themselves from participation in covered transactions;

(4) Setting forth the consequences of a debarment, suspension, determination of ineligibility, or voluntary exclusion; and

(5) Offering such other guidance as necessary for the effective implementation and administration of the governmentwide system.

(c) These regulations also implement Executive Order 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235) and 31 U.S.C. 6101 note (Public Law 103–355, sec. 2455, 108 Stat. 3327) by

(1) Providing for the inclusion in the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs all persons proposed for debarment, debarred or suspended under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, 48 CFR Part 9, subpart 9.4; persons against which governmentwide exclusions have been entered under this part; and persons determined to be ineligible; and

(2) Setting forth the consequences of a debarment, suspension, determination of ineligibility, or voluntary exclusion

(d) Although these regulations cover the listing of ineligible participants and the effect of such listing, they do not prescribe policies and procedures governing declarations of ineligibility. [60 FR 33040, 33043, June 26, 1995]

Subpart A-General 1036.100 Purpose.

(a) Executive Order (E.O.) 12549 provides that, to the extent permitted by law, Executive departments and agencies shall participate in a governmentwide system for nonprocurement debarment and suspension. A person who is debarred or suspended shall be excluded

$ 1036.105 Definitions.

Debarring official. An official authorThe following definitions apply to

ized to impose debarment. The debar

ring official is either: this part:

(1) The agency head, or Adequate evidence. Information suffi

(2) An official designated by the cient to support the reasonable belief

agency head. that a particular act or omission has

(3) The DOE debarring official is the occurred.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for ProAffiliate. Persons are affiliates of

curement and Assistance Management each other if, directly or indirectly, ei- or designee. ther one controls or has the power to DOE. The Department of Energy, incontrol the other, or, a third person cluding the Federal Energy Regulatory controls or has the power to control Commission. both. Indicia of control include, but are Indictment. Indictment for a criminal not limited to: interlocking manage offense. An information or other filing ment or ownership, identity of inter- by competent authority charging a ests among family members, shared fa- criminal offense shall be given the cilities and equipment, common use of same effect as an indictment. employees, or a business entity orga Ineligible. Excluded from participanized following the suspension or de- tion in Federal nonprocurement probarment of a person which has the grams pursuant to a determination of same or similar management, owner ineligibility under statutory, executive ship, or principal employees as the sus order, or regulatory authority, other pended, debarred, ineligible, or volun than Executive Order 12549 and its tarily excluded person.

agency implementing regulations; for Agency. Any executive department, exemple, excluded pursuant to the military department or defense agency

Davis-Bacon Act and its implementing or other agency of the executive regulations, the equal employment opbranch, excluding the independent reg

portunity acts and executive orders, or ulatory agencies.

the environmental protection acts and Awardee. Any organization or indi

executive orders. A person is ineligible vidual that:

where the determination of ineligi(1) Submits proposals for, or is

bility affects such person's eligibility

to participate in more than one covawarded, or reasonably may be expected to submit proposals for, or be

ered transaction. awarded a DOE agreement; or

Legal proceedings. Any criminal pro

ceeding or any civil judicial proceeding (2) Conducts business with DOE as an

to which the Federal Government or a agent or representative of an awardee.

State or local government or quasiCivil judgment. The disposition of a

governmental authority is a party. The civil action by any court of competent

term includes appeals from such projurisdiction, whether entered by ver

ceedings. dict, decision, settlement, stipulation,

List of Parties Excluded from Federal or otherwise creating a civil liability

Procurement and Nonprocurement Profor the wrongful acts complained of; or

grams. A list compiled, maintained and a final determination of liability under

distributed by the General Services Adthe Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act

ministration (GSA) containing the of 1988 (31 U.S.C. 3801–12).

names and other information about Conviction. A judgment or conviction persons who have been debarred, susof a criminal offense by any court of pended, or voluntarily excluded under competent jurisdiction, whether en Executive Orders 12549 and 12689 and tered upon a verdict or a plea, includ these regulations or 48 CFR part 9, subing a plea of nolo contendere.

part 9.4, persons who have been proDebarment. An action taken by a de posed for debarment under 48 CFR part barring official in accordance with 9, subpart 9.4, and those persons who these regulations to exclude a person have been determined to be ineligible. from participating in covered trans- Notice. A written communication actions. A person so excluded is served in person or sent by certified "debarred.”

mail, return receipt requested, or its

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