2472.9 Conduct of hearing and prehearing conference.§ 2472.9 Conduct of hearing and prehearing conference.
(a) A designated representative of the Panel, when so appointed to conduct a hearing, shall have the authority on behalf of the Panel to:
(1) Administer oaths, take the testimony or deposition of any person under oath, receive other evidence, and issue subpoenas;
(2) Conduct the hearing in open or in closed session at the discretion of the designated representative for good cause shown;
(3) Rule on motions and requests for appearance of witnesses and the production of records;
(4) Designate the date on which posthearing briefs, if any, shall be submitted; and
(5) Determine all procedural matters concerning the hearing, including the length of sessions, conduct of persons in attendance, recesses, continuances, and adjournments; and take any other action which, in the judgment of the designated representative, will promote the purpose and objectives of the hearing.
(b) A prehearing conference may be conducted by the designated representative of the Panel to:
(1) Inform the parties of the purpose of the hearing and the procedures under which it will take place;
(2) Explore the possibilities of obtaining stipulations of fact;
(3) Clarify the positions of the parties with respect to the issues to be heard; and
(4) Discuss any other relevant matters which will assist the parties in the resolution of the dispute.[48 FR 19695, May 2, 1983. Redesignated at 61 FR 41295, Aug. 8, 1996]