Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
The District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings is an administrative court that was created in 2001 by the Council of the District of Columbia to provide centralized adjudication services for several District agencies.
It began formal operations in 2004. Today, there are 33 Administrative Law Judges who decide contested cases involving more than 40 District of Columbia agencies, boards and commissions.
As an independent agency, the Office of Administrative Hearings is a neutral, impartial tribunal that holds hearings and decides appeals from government decisions. The Office of Administrative Hearings decides cases involving unemployment compensation, Medicaid and other public benefits, public space, rent control, professional and business licenses, and building, health and fire code violations, among others. The Office of Administrative Hearings also receives payments of fines imposed by various agencies.
Chief Administrative Law Judge
The Chief Administrative Law Judge oversees the Office of Administrative Hearings, and is shall be accountable and responsible for the fairness, impartiality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the Office. By statute, the Chief Judge is appointed to a six-year term by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, with confirmation by the Council of the District of Columbia. In addition to the Administrative Law Judges, there are presently more than 45 employees who provide critical support services ranging from customer service to data processing, case management, legal analysis and support and operational support such as human resources and information technology.
The Duties of the Chief Administrative Law Judge are to:
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Candidates not meeting each of the below requirements will be disqualified from consideration.
There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.
Candidates interested, must complete this application process. No letters or calls of endorsement are required.