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What we do

We are dedicated to fair, efficient and impartial resolution of controversies arising from acquisitions, appeals from civil penalty proceedings, and administrative adjudications of airport improvement grant-related disputes and other matters. The Office of Adjudication includes the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA) and the Civil Penalty Appeals Program. Both offices conduct adjudicatory proceedings, and depending on the nature of the case, may provide for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes and services of a neutral mediator, if requested by the parties.

Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA)

We are the FAA Administrator's statutorily-mandated adjudicative forum for all Acquisition Management System (AMS) bid protests and contract disputes pursuant to 49 U.S.C. §106(f)(2), §§40101, et seq., §46101, et. seq., §40110 and 14 C.F.R. Parts 14 and 17. The ODRA's subject matter jurisdiction is exclusive and broad, and includes matters relative to small business size and eligibility challenges.

Civil Penalty Appeals Program

We are delegated authority from the FAA Administrator to review appeals from the decisions of the Department of Transportation administrative law judges in civil penalty cases pursuant to 49 U.S.C. §322(b) and 14 C.F.R. Part 13 Subpart G. These appeals concern matters relative to monetary penalty violations of the federal aviation regulations and compliance with rules pertaining to hazardous materials.

Other Administrative Adjudication and Dispute Resolution under 14 C.F.R. Part 13 subparts C, D and E

We provide administrative dispute resolution, advisory and adjudication services in connection with airport improvement grant disputes, other grant-related disputes; and civil enforcement matters.

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