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Division of Administrative Hearings Method of Assessing Fees Needs Significant Revision, Report No. 02-70, December 2002
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  • The Division of Administrative Hearings method for assessing fees is expedient but does not accurately charge state agencies for their use of services.  The division tracks whether cases meet deadlines but not how much time its employees spend on individual state agency cases.  The division uses a proxy (scheduled hearing hours) as the basis of assessments, which provides agencies with no accountability for the actual time spent on their workload. The assessment method also passes on costs to state agencies for services provided to other entities.
  • The division should change its system for charging state agencies by tracking the time administrative law judges actually spend on cases and using this information when prorating its budget among state agencies.  The division also should bill other entities at rates that cover its costs.
  • The Legislature should authorize the Division of Administrative Hearings to charge for all hearing services and require the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Program to fund the program’s share of the division’s indirect administration and support costs.
  • Implementing these changes would reduce state agency costs to support the division by an estimated $1.3 million annually, of which $199,000 would be general revenue. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Division of Administrative Hearings

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-48 Department Process Changes Resulted in Fewer Administrative Child Support Orders Than Expected, published in August 2008.
  • Report No. 07-43 FCHR Has Taken Steps to Improve Investigation Reports and Increase Customer Satisfaction, published in November 2007.
  • Report No. 06-63 Administrative Child Support Order Establishment Process Has Not Yet Produced All Expected Benefits, published in September 2006.
  • Report No. 06-09 Eliminating FCHR Would Limit Options and Increase Costs to Citizens Seeking Remedy for Discrimination,  published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 04-48 Progress Report: Division of Administrative Hearings Significantly Improves the Method of Assessing Fees, published in July 2004.
  • Report No. 04-04 Special Report: NICA Eligibility Requirements Could Be Expanded, But the Costs Would Increase Significantly, published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 02-66 Special Examination: Alternative Fee Options Exist for the Public Employees Relations Commission, published in December 2002.
  • Report No. 01-15 Progress Report: The Workers’ Compensation Program Makes Progress by Implementing Recommendation, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 98-76 Justification Review of the Safety and Workers' Compensation Program, published in  March 1999.
  • Report No. 12160 Special Review of the Workers' Compensation Program, published in August 1993.Report No. 11436 Performance Audit of the Division of Administrative Hearings, published on May 31, 1990.

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