(a)Purpose. For reasons of unavailability or for purpose of
discovery, the testimony of any witness may be taken by deposition.
(b)Form. Depositions may be taken before any person having
the power to administer oaths. Each witness testifying upon deposition shall
be sworn, and the parties not calling him shall have the right to
cross-examine him. Questions propounded and answers thereto, together with
all objections made, shall be reduced to writing, read to or by the witness,
subscribed by him, and certified by the officer before whom the deposition
is taken. The officer shall send copies by registered mail to the Chief
Administrative Law Judge or the presiding administrative law judge.