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Status of Washington DC OALJ Office

The OALJ National Office location at 800 K St NW in Washington DC continues to be inaccessible, and the Washington, DC office is temporarily operating from alternative locations. Phone, fax and mail service, however, are operating as normal. You may reach the National Office by telephone at (202) 693-7300. You may fax documents to (202) 693-7365. You may mail documents to:

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Administrative Law Judges
800 K St NW
Washington DC 20001

Secretary of Labor Ratifies Appointment of Administrative Law Judges

On Nov. 29, 2017, the Solicitor General submitted a brief in the United States Supreme Court in Raymond J. Lucia and Raymond J. Lucia Companies Inc. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130 (U.S.), asking the Court to decide whether the Commission's administrative law judges (ALJs) are inferior officers who must be appointed consistent with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. The Solicitor General's brief takes the position that the Commission's ALJs are inferior officers.

To address any claim that administrative proceedings pending before, or presided over by, ALJs of the United States Department of Labor violate the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, the Secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, in his capacity as head of the Department of Labor, ratified the appointment of Chief Judge Stephen R. Henley on December 15, 2017 and of all other Department of Labor ALJs on December 21, 2017. The ratifications were effective immediately. Copies of the Secretary's letters are available on OALJ's Frequently Requested Records/Proactive Disclosures page.

On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Lucia case.

Case Status Lookup

The status of cases pending before OALJ and BALCA can be checked by using the Case Status Lookup.

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Newsletter, Recent Significant Decisions (Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018)


June 2017 BALCA PERM Decision Summaries


Newsletter, Recent Significant Decisions (Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018)

Rules of Practice and Procedure

The Department published a Final Rule on May 19, 2015, revising Subpart A of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Administrative Hearings Before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, 80 Fed. Reg. 28767. They went into effect on June 18, 2015. Technical corrections were published on July 1, 2015. More information is found on the Rules of Practice and Procedure page.


ARB Decisions for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December 2017

Summary of Federal Court Decisions for 2015, 2016 and 2017

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Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act
Dictionary of Occupational Titles
Rules of Practice and Procedure
Workforce Investment Act, JTPA and CETA
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