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Coast Guard [electronic resource] : Administrative Law Judge program contains elements designed to foster judges' independence and mariner protections assessed are being followed : report to congressional requesters.

Author/Creator:
United States. Government Accountability Office.
Other Title:
Administrative Law Judge program contains elements designed to foster judges' independence and mariner protections assessed are being followed
Coast Guard ALJ program
Publication:
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2009]
Format/Description:
Government document
Book
1 online resource (ii, 51 p. :) illustrations, digital, PDF file.
Subjects:
United States. Coast Guard -- Rules and practice.
Judges -- United States.
Administrative courts -- United States.
Sailors -- Certification -- United States.
Shipping -- United States -- Safety measures.
Summary:
The United States Coast Guard's Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) program is designed to, among other things, promote safety at sea while protecting mariners' rights and is composed of judges whose duties include presiding over cases involving mariners' credentials. If a mariner does not meet certain requirements related to safety and security at sea, Coast Guard investigative officers are to serve the mariner with a complaint that lists the allegation(s) and initiate proceedings that can result in the mariner's credential being suspended or revoked. GAO was asked to review elements of the ALJ program and this report addresses (1) the extent to which the ALJ program contains elements designed to foster the decisional independence of ALJs, (2) the extent to which the ALJ program includes protections for mariners and whether complaints and decisions include elements required by program regulations, and (3) the outcome of mariner suspension and revocation cases in recent years. To conduct this study, GAO analyzed the laws, regulations, and policies governing the ALJ program. GAO also reviewed all suspension and revocation cases opened and closed from November 10, 2005, through September 30, 2008, to determine outcomes, and further reviewed a representative sample of these cases to determine whether complaints and decisions included the required elements. GAO supplemented these case reviews with interviews of Coast Guard ALJ program officials.
Notes:
Record is based on bibliographic data in ProQuest U.S. Congressional Research Digital Collection. Reuse except for individual research requires license from ProQuest, LLC.
Includes bibliographical references.
Electronic reproduction. [Bethesda, Md.] : ProQuest, 2004. digital, PDF file. ProQuest U.S. Congressional Research Digital Collection. Mode of access: World Wide Web via ProQuest website.
Other format:
Print version: United States. Government Accountability Office. Coast Guard
Microfiche version: United States. Government Accountability Office. Coast Guard. CIS 2009 J942-457
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Restricted for use by site license.
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