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§ 1.115 Application for review of action taken pursuant to delegated
(a) Any person aggrieved by any action taken pursuant to delegated
authority may file an application requesting review of that action by
the Commission. Any person filing an application for review who has not
previously participated in the proceeding shall include with his
application a statement describing with particularity the manner in
which he is aggrieved by the action taken and showing good reason why
it was not possible for him to participate in the earlier stages of the
proceeding. Any application for review which fails to make an adequate
showing in this respect will be dismissed.
(b)(1) The application for review shall concisely and plainly state the
questions presented for review with reference, where appropriate, to
the findings of fact or conclusions of law.
(2) The application for review shall specify with particularity, from
among the following, the factor(s) which warrant Commission
consideration of the questions presented:
(i) The action taken pursuant to delegated authority is in conflict
with statute, regulation, case precedent, or established Commission
(ii) The action involves a question of law or policy which has not
previously been resolved by the Commission.
(iii) The action involves application of a precedent or policy which
should be overturned or revised.
(iv) An erroneous finding as to an important or material question of
(v) Prejudicial procedural error.
(3) The application for review shall state with particularity the
respects in which the action taken by the designated authority should
(4) The application for review shall state the form of relief sought
and, subject to this requirement, may contain alternative requests.
(c) No application for review will be granted if it relies on questions
of fact or law upon which the designated authority has been afforded no
opportunity to pass.
Note: Subject to the requirements of § 1.106, new questions of fact or
law may be presented to the designated authority in a petition for
(d) Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section and in
§ 0.461(j) of this chapter, the application for review and any
supplemental thereto shall be filed within 30 days of public notice of
such action, as that date is defined in § 1.4(b). Opposition to the
application shall be filed within 15 days after the application for
review is filed. Except as provided in paragraph (e)(1) of this
section, replies to oppositions shall be filed within 10 days after the
opposition is filed and shall be limited to matters raised in the
(e)(1) Applications for review of an order designating a matter for
hearing that was issued under delegated authority shall be deferred
until exceptions to the initial decision in the case are filed, unless
the presiding officer certifies such an application for review to the
Commission. A matter shall be certified to the Commission if the
presiding officer determines that the matter involves a controlling
question of law as to which there is substantial ground for difference
of opinion and that immediate consideration of the question would
materially expedite the ultimate resolution of the litigation. A
request to certify a matter to the Commission shall be filed with the
presiding officer within 5 days after the designation order is
released. A ruling refusing to certify a matter to the Commission is
not appealable. Any application for review authorized by the presiding
officer shall be filed within 5 days after the order certifying the
matter to the Commission is released or such a ruling is made.
Oppositions shall be filed within 5 days after the application for
review is filed. Replies to oppositions shall be filed only if they are
requested by the Commission. Replies (if allowed) shall be filed within
5 days after they are requested. The Commission may dismiss, without
stating reasons, an application for review that has been certified, and
direct that the objections to the order designating the matter for
hearing be deferred and raised when exceptions in the initial decision
in the case are filed.
(2) Applications for review of final staff decisions issued on
delegated authority in formal complaint proceedings on the Enforcement
Bureau's Accelerated Docket (see, e.g., § 1.730) shall be filed within
15 days of public notice of the decision, as that date is defined in
§ 1.4(b). These applications for review oppositions and replies in
Accelerated Docket proceedings shall be served on parties to the
proceeding by hand or facsimile transmission.
(f) Applications for review, oppositions, and replies shall conform to
the requirements of § § 1.49, 1.51, and 1.52, and shall be submitted to
the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554.
Except as provided below, applications for review and oppositions
thereto shall not exceed 25 double-space typewritten pages.
Applications for review of interlocutory actions in hearing proceedings
(including designation orders) and oppositions thereto shall not exceed
5 double-spaced typewritten pages. When permitted (see paragraph (e)(1)
of this section), reply pleadings shall not exceed 5 double-spaced
typewritten pages. The application for review shall be served upon the
parties to the proceeding. Oppositions to the application for review
shall be served on the person seeking review and on parties to the
proceeding. When permitted (see paragraph (e)(1) of this section),
replies to the opposition(s) to the application for review shall be
served on the person(s) opposing the application for review and on
parties to the proceeding.
(g) The Commission may grant the application for review in whole or in
part, or it may deny the application with or without specifying reasons
therefor. A petition requesting reconsideration of a ruling which
denies an application for review will be entertained only if one or
more of the following circumstances is present:
(1) The petition relies on facts which related to events which have
occurred or circumstances which have changed since the last opportunity
to present such matters; or
(2) The petition relies on facts unknown to petitioner until after his
last opportunity to present such matters which could not, through the
exercise of ordinary diligence, have been learned prior to such
(h)(1) If the Commission grants the application for review in whole or
in part, it may, in its decision:
(i) Simultaneously reverse or modify the order from which review is
(ii) Remand the matter to the designated authority for reconsideration
in accordance with its instructions, and, if an evidentiary hearing has
been held, the remand may be to the person(s) who conducted the
(iii) Order such other proceedings, including briefs and oral argument,
as may be necessary or appropriate.
(2) In the event the Commission orders further proceedings, it may stay
the effect of the order from which review is sought. (See § 1.102.)
Following the completion of such further proceedings the Commission may
affirm, reverse or modify the order from which review is sought, or it
may set aside the order and remand the matter to the designated
authority for reconsideration in accordance with its instructions. If
an evidentiary hearing has been held, the Commission may remand the
matter to the person(s) who conducted the hearing for rehearing on such
issues and in accordance with such instructions as may be appropriate.
Note: For purposes of this section, the word “order” refers to that
portion of its action wherein the Commission announces its judgment.
This should be distinguished from the “memorandum opinion” or other
material which often accompany and explain the order.
(i) An order of the Commission which reverses or modifies the action
taken pursuant to delegated authority is subject to the same provisions
with respect to reconsideration as an original order of the Commission.
In no event, however, shall a ruling which denies an application for
review be considered a modification of the action taken pursuant to
(j) No evidence other than newly discovered evidence, evidence which
has become available only since the original taking of evidence, or
evidence which the Commission believes should have been taken in the
original proceeding shall be taken on any rehearing ordered pursuant to
the provisions of this section.
(k) The filing of an application for review shall be a condition
precedent to judicial review of any action taken pursuant to delegated
(Secs. 4, 303, 307, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1082, 1083; 47 U.S.C.
154, 303, 307)
[ 28 FR 12415 , Nov. 22, 1963, as amended at 41 FR 14871 , Apr. 8, 1976;
44 FR 60295 , Oct. 19, 1979; 46 FR 18556 , Mar. 25, 1981; 48 FR 12719 ,
Mar. 28, 1983; 50 FR 39000 , Sept. 26, 1985; 54 FR 40392 , Oct. 2, 1989;
55 FR 36641 , Sept. 6, 1990; 57 FR 19387 , May 6, 1992; 62 FR 4170 , Jan.
29, 1997; 63 FR 41446 , Aug. 4, 1998; 67 FR 13223 , Mar. 21, 2002; 76 FR 70908 , Nov. 16, 2011; 82 FR 4197 , Jan. 13, 2017; 85 FR 63173 , Oct. 6,
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