I-1-0-5.Component Roles

Last Update: 3/3/11 (Transmittal I-1-61)

A. Office of Appellate Operations

The Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) maintains the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual. OAO is also the national coordination point for HALLEX issuances. OAO performs the following functions:

  • Develops policies, standards, and procedures for maintaining HALLEX;

  • May initiate and coordinate updates and revisions in any Division of HALLEX;

  • Reviews all proposed issuances for conformity and consistency with established standards, policies, and procedures; and

  • Maintains records of published HALLEX issuances.

B. Other ODAR Headquarters Components

Depending on the subject matter, the Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge (OCALJ), the Office of Executive Operations and Human Resources (OEOHR), the Office of Budget, Facilities, and Security (OBFS), and the Office of Electronic Services and Strategic Information (OESSI) may notify OAO of the need to develop and update HALLEX to reflect the procedures they require to implement policy and process their workloads. “Procedures” means the step-by-step instructions staff in the components follow and the standardized text that components require to process cases.

OAO works with the component(s) responsible for implementing a specific policy to:

  • Establish accurate, current, and complete procedures; and

  • Prepare issuances that meet the users' needs.

C. Responsibility for HALLEX Authoring

OAO and OCALJ are the primary authors of HALLEX.

  • OAO is responsible for writing and revising material in Divisions 3 and 4 in Volume I and Part5 in Volume II.

  • OCALJ is responsible for writing and revising material in Division 2 in Volume I.

  • OAO and OCALJ share responsibility for Divisions 1 and 5 in Volume I, depending on the subject matter.