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

Fred L. Brown

Administrative Judge Fred L. Brown is 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.