(a)Notice of appeal. Any party may appeal from the initial
decision of the administrative law judge by filing with the Assistant
Secretary a notice of appeal within 30 days after service of the initial
decision. The Assistant Secretary may consolidate related appeals. Copies of
a notice of appeal shall be served on all parties to the proceeding in
accordance with §44.6 of this part.
(b)Statement of objections. Within 20 days after filing the
notice of appeal, the appellant shall file his statement of objections to the
decision of the administrative law judge and serve copies on all other
parties to the proceeding. The statement shall refer to the specific findings
of fact, conclusions of law, or terms of the order objected to in the
initial decision. Where any objection is based upon evidence of record, the
objection need not be considered by the Assistan( Secretary if specific
record citations to the pertinent evidence are not contained in the
statement of objections.
(c)Responding statements. Within 20 days after service of
the statement of objections, any other party to the proceeding may file a
statement in response.
[43 FR 29518, July 7, 1978, as amended at 55 FR 53442, Dec. 28, 1990]