The term “adverse decision” means an administrative decision made by an officer, employee, or committee of an agency that is adverse to a participant. The term includes a denial of equitable relief by an agency or the failure of an agency to issue a decision or otherwise act on the request or right of the participant. The term does not include a decision over which the Board of Contract Appeals has jurisdiction.
The term “appellant” means a participant who appeals an adverse decision in accordance with this subchapter.
The term “case record” means all the materials maintained by the Secretary related to an adverse decision.
The term “Director” means the Director of the Division.
The term “Division” means the National Appeals Division established by this chapter.
The term “hearing officer” means an individual employed by the Division who hears and determines appeals of adverse decisions by any agency.
The term “implement” refers to those actions necessary to effectuate fully and promptly a final determination of the Division not later than 30 calendar days after the effective date of the final determination.
The term “participant” shall have the meaning given that term by the Secretary by regulation.