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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

§ 14.30 

the additional proceedings are nec-
essary to resolve the issues. 

[54 FR 46199, Nov. 1, 1989, as amended by 
Amdt. 14–03, 64 FR 32936, June 18, 1999] 

§ 14.27

Decision. 

(a) The ALJ shall issue an initial de-

cision on the application within 60 days 
after completion of proceedings on the 
application. 

(b) An adjudicative officer in a pro-

ceeding under part 17 of this chapter 
and the AMS shall prepare a findings 
and recommendations for the Office of 
Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. 

(c) A decision under paragraph (a) or 

(b) of this section shall include written 
findings and conclusions on the appli-
cant’s eligibility and status as pre-
vailing party and an explanation of the 
reasons for any difference between the 
amount requested and the amount 
awarded. The decision shall also in-
clude, if at issue, findings on whether 
the FAA’s position was substantially 
justified, or whether special cir-
cumstances make an award unjust. 

[Doc. No. FAA–1998–4379, 64 FR 32936, June 18, 
1999] 

§ 14.28

Review by FAA decisionmaker. 

(a) In proceedings other than those 

under part 17 of this chapter and the 
AMS, either the applicant or the FAA 
counsel may seek review of the initial 
decision on the fee application in ac-
cordance with subpart G of part 13 of 
this chapter, specifically § 13.233. Addi-
tionally, the FAA Decisionmaker may 
decide to review the decision on his/her 
own initiative. If neither the applicant 
nor the FAA’s counsel seeks review 
within 30 days after the decision is 
issued, it shall become final. Whether 
to review a decision is a matter within 
the discretion of the FAA Decision-
maker. If review is taken, the FAA De-
cisionmaker will issue a final decision 
on the application or remand the appli-
cation to the ALJ who issue the initial 
fee award determination for further 
proceedings. 

(b) In proceedings under part 17 of 

this chapter and the AMS, the adju-
dicative officer shall prepare findings 
and recommendations for the Office of 
Dispute Resolution for Acquisition 
with recommendations as to whether 

or not an award should be made, the 
amount of the award, and the reasons 
therefor. The Office of Dispute Resolu-
tion for Acquisition shall submit a rec-
ommended order to the Administrator 
after the completion of all submissions 
related to the EAJA application. Upon 
the Administrator’s action, the order 
shall become final, and may be re-
viewed under 49 U.S.C. 46110. 

[Doc. No. FAA–1998–4379, 64 FR 32936, June 18, 
1999, as amended at 70 FR 8238, Feb. 18, 2005] 

§ 14.29

Judicial review. 

If an applicant is dissatisfied with 

the determination of fees and other ex-
penses made under this subsection, 
pursuant 5 U.S.C. 504(c)(2), that appli-
cant may, within thirty (30) days after 
the determination is made, appeal the 
determination to the court of the 
United States having jurisdiction to re-
view the merits of the underlying deci-
sion of the FAA adversary adjudica-
tion. The court’s determination on any 
appeal heard under this paragraph 
shall be based solely on the factual 
record made before the FAA. The court 
may modify the determination of fees 
and other expenses only if the court 
finds that the failure to make an award 
of fees and other expenses, or the cal-
culation of the amount of the award, 
was unsupported by substantial evi-
dence. 

§ 14.30

Payment of award. 

An applicant seeking payment of an 

award shall submit to the disbursing 
official of the FAA a copy of the FAA 
Decisionmaker’s final decision grant-
ing the award, accompanied by a state-
ment that the applicant will not seek 
review of the decision in the United 
States courts. Applications for award 
grants in cases involving the FAA shall 
be sent to: The Office of Accounting 
and Audit, AAA–1, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Ave-
nue, SW., Washington, DC 20591. The 
agency will pay the amount awarded to 
the applicant within 60 days, unless ju-
dicial review of the award or of the un-
derlying decision of the adversary ad-
judication has been sought by the ap-
plicant or any other party to the pro-
ceeding. 

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