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This report points out two causes for delay in the administrative process--extensive agency review of Administrative Law Judges' decisions and use of more complex judicial procedures than necessary to resolve some disputes. The report also discusses the personnel management situation whereby Administrative Law Judges are free to perform without structured evaluation by virtue of nonspecific legislation and are practically assured lifetime tenure upon initial appointment.
This review was initiated at the request of Congressman John Moss. As he requested, we did not obtain formal comments from agency officials; however, we discussed the report with them and considered their comments.
We made the review pursuant to the Budget and Accounting Act, 1921 (31 U.S.C. 53), and the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-510).
Copies of this report are being sent to the Honorable John E. Moss, House of Representatives; the Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Chairman, U.S. Civil Service Commission; and the various Secretaries, Chairmen, an Administrators of the agencies listed in appendix I.
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