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A judicial officer who presides at an administrative hearing. Administrative law judges have the power to administer oaths and affirmations; issue subpoenas authorized by law; rule on offers of proof and receive relevant evidence; take depositions or have depositions taken when the ends of justice would be served; (5) regulate the course of the hearing; (6) hold conferences for the settlement or simplification of the issues by consent of the parties or by the use of alternative means of dispute resolution, inform the parties as to the availability of one or more alternative means of dispute resolution, and encourage use of such methods; require the attendance at any conference; dispose of procedural requests or similar matters; and take other action authorized by agency rule consistent. 5 USCA § 556(c).

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