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14 CFR Ch. I (1–1–18 Edition) 

§ 16.247 

(2) For those violations that cannot 

be remedied through corrective action, 
the Director may initiate action to re-
voke and/or deny the respondent’s ap-
plications for Airport Improvement 
Program grants issued under 49 U.S.C. 
47114(c)–(e) and 47115. 

(e) On appeal from a hearing officer’s 

initial decision, the Associate Adminis-
trator will consider the following ques-

(1) Are the findings of fact each sup-

ported by a preponderance of reliable, 
probative and substantial evidence? 

(2) Are conclusions made in accord-

ance with law, precedent and policy? 

(3) Are the questions on appeal sub-


(4) Have any prejudicial errors oc-


(f) Any new issues or evidence pre-

sented in an appeal or reply will not be 
allowed unless accompanied by a cer-
tified petition and good cause found as 
to why the new matter was not pre-
sented to the Director. Such a petition 

(1) Set forth the new issues or evi-


(2) Contain affidavits of prospective 

witnesses, authenticated documents, or 
both, or an explanation of why such 
substantiation is unavailable; and 

(3) Contain a statement explaining 

why such new matter could not have 
been discovered in the exercise of due 
diligence prior to the date on which the 
evidentiary record closed. 

(g) A Final Agency Decision may be 

appealed in accordance with subpart G 
of this part. 

[Amdt. 16–1, 78 FR 56147, Sept. 12, 2013] 

Subpart G—Judicial Review 



: Docket No. 27783, 61 FR 54004, Oct. 

16, 1996, unless otherwise noted. Redesig-
nated by Amdt. 16–1, 78 FR 56148, Sept. 12, 

§ 16.247

Judicial review of a final deci-

sion and order. 

(a) A person may seek judicial re-

view, in a United States Court of Ap-
peals, of a final decision and order of 
the Associate Administrator, and of an 
order of dismissal with prejudice issued 
by the Director, as provided in 49 
U.S.C. 46110 or 49 U.S.C. 47106(d) and 

47111(d). A party seeking judicial re-
view shall file a petition for review 
with the Court not later than 60 days 
after the order has been served on the 
party or within 60 days after the entry 
of an order under 49 U.S.C. 46110. 

(b) The following do not constitute 

final decisions and orders subject to ju-
dicial review: 

(1) An FAA decision to dismiss a 

complaint without prejudice, as set 
forth in § 16.27; 

(2) A Director’s Determination; 
(3) An initial decision issued by a 

hearing officer at the conclusion of a 

(4) A Director’s Determination or an 

initial decision of a hearing officer be-
comes the final decision of the Asso-
ciate Administrator because it was not 
appealed within the applicable time pe-
riods provided under §§ 16.33(c) and 

[Doc. No. 27783, 61 FR 54004, Oct. 16, 1996. Re-
designated and amended by Amdt. 16–1, 78 FR 
56148, Sept. 12, 2013] 

Subpart H—Ex Parte 




: Docket No. 27783, 61 FR 54004, Oct. 

16, 1996, unless otherwise noted. Redesig-
nated at 78 FR 56148, Sept. 12, 2013. 

§ 16.301

Prohibited ex parte commu-


(a) The prohibitions of this section 

shall apply from the time a proceeding 
is noticed for hearing unless the person 
responsible for the communication has 
knowledge that it will be noticed, in 
which case the prohibitions shall apply 
at the time of the acquisition of such 

(b) Except to the extent required for 

the disposition of ex parte matters as 
authorized by law: 

(1) No interested person outside the 

FAA and no FAA employee partici-
pating as a party shall make or know-
ingly cause to be made to any 
decisional employee an ex parte com-
munication relevant to the merits of 
the proceeding; 

(2) No FAA employee shall make or 

knowingly cause to be made to any in-
terested person outside the FAA an ex 
parte communication relevant to the 
merits of the proceeding; or 

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