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ABOUT THE OHA

The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) is a new USDA agency that consolidates the three previously separate entities of the National Appeals Division (NAD), the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), and the Office of the Judicial Officer (OJO).

WHAT WE DO: OUR MISSION

The mission of OHA is to plan, coordinate, and provide administrative support for NAD, OALJ, and OJO. OHA promotes fairness, transparency, and consistency in NAD, OALJ, and OJO proceedings through the planning, coordination, and administration of office-wide activities and initiatives.

WHO WE ARE: OUR WORKFORCE

NAD: Seventy-six (76) employees geographically dispersed with three regions. Forty (40) adjudicators and thirty-six (36) administrative and legal support employees.

OALJ: Nine (9) employees in Washington, DC, including three Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and six (6) legal and administrative support employees.

OJO: One (1) employee in Washington, DC. Includes the Judicial Officer.

WHO WE SERVE: OUR CONSTITUENTS

OHA serves USDA participants, farmers, and ranchers who appeal agency program decisions. OHA also serves USDA agencies and impacted parties involved in rulemaking, regulatory, and other proceedings for USDA programs.