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Fred L. Brown - Deputy Director of Office of Hearings & Appeals

Fred L. Brown

Fred Brown is the Deputy Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  OHA is the quasi-judicial arm of DOE that conducts hearings and issues initial Departmental decisions with respect to any adjudicative proceedings which the Secretary may delegate.  OHA’s jurisdiction includes: deciding Freedom of Information and Privacy Act appeals; conducting administrative hearings and issuing Departmental decisions regarding personnel security clearance eligibility; conducting contractor employee “whistleblower” hearings and investigations; deciding applications for exception from DOE rules and regulations; and performing mediation services for the agency.  Mr. Brown has been a DOE employee since 1978. 

In 2008, Mr. Brown was appointed to his present position after serving for one year as Acting Director of OHA. Mr. Brown has a BA from Colgate University with a double major in mathematics and mathematical economics (with honors), a JD from the George Washington University, National Law Center, and a MA in Energy Policy, from George Washington University, College of General Studies. Mr. Brown is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.