Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication

Recommendation 2021-4, Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication – addresses the use of virtual hearings—that is, proceedings in which participants attend remotely using a personal computer or mobile device—in agency adjudications. Drawing heavily on agencies’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommendation identifies best practices for improving existing virtual-hearing programs and establishing new ones in accord with principles of fairness and efficiency and with due regard for participant satisfaction.

Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2021-4, Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication, 86 Fed. Reg. 36083 (July 8, 2021).

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Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2021-4
  • Adopted on: June 17, 2021
  • Committees: Adjudication
Executive Summary

Technological and telecommunications advances have given rise to new formats for remote participation in agency adjudications. In past recommendations, ACUS has addressed proceedings in which participants appear remotely from agency hearing rooms equipped with professional-grade video and audio equipment. This Recommendation addresses proceedings in which participants appear remotely from a location of their...

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
05-04-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda April 28, 2021 Download
4-20-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda April 15, 2021 Download
Comment from Russell R. Wheeler Member Comment May 14, 2021 Download
Comment from Patrick R. Nagle Member Comment May 12, 2021 Download
Comment from Russell R. Wheeler Member Comment May 3, 2021 Download
Comment from Jeffrey S. Lubbers Member Comment April 19, 2021 Download
Comment from National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives Public Comment May 4, 2021 Download
Comment from Ann Biddle, Emilia Sicilia, and Catherine M. Callery Public Comment May 3, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication Adjudication Recommendation July 8, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Proposed Recommendation (Clean Version) for Plenary Adjudication Recommendation June 2, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Proposed Recommendation from Committee Adjudication Recommendation May 25, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Recommendation for Committee May 12, 2021 Adjudication Recommendation May 12, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Recommendation for May 4, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation April 28, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Committee Redline from April 20, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation April 21, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Recommendation for April 20, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation April 15, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Final Report Report June 3, 2021 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Report Adjudication Report April 13, 2021 Download
Legal Considerations for Remote Hearings in Agency Adjudications Report June 16, 2020 Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication RFP October 6, 2020 Download

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