Upon the basis of and after due consideration of the whole record, the Assistant Secretary shall render
his decision, which shall adopt, modify, or set aside the findings, conclusions, and order contained in the decision of the hearing examiner, and
shall include a statement of the reasons or bases for the action taken. With respect to the findings of fact, the Assistant Secretary shall upset
only those findings that are clearly erroneous. Copies of the decision and order shall be served upon the parties.
When a final order of the Assistant Secretary issued pursuant to 1921.13(c) or paragraph (a) of this
section has been in force for 2 years or more, a party may file with the Assistant Secretary a petition for modification or vacation of the order.
Such petition must be in writing, and must be based upon satisfactory compliance with the order during the 24 months immediately preceding the filing
thereof and upon such changes in conditions and circumstances as to demonstrate, if established, that a continuation of the order in full force and
effect is no longer required to assure satisfactory compliance with the regulations under the order. Such changes in conditions and circumstances as
are relied upon must be expressly set forth together with the reasons why petitioner believes relief is justified and the precise nature of the relief
sought. The petition may be supported by affidavits as to matters of fact.
If, after such investigation as the Assistant Secretary deems appropriate, in his judgment sufficient
cause has been shown to justify the relief requested, he will enter an order granting relief. If in his judgment, sufficient cause has not been shown
he shall so notify petitioner, who may then in writing request a hearing. Upon receipt of such request the Assistant Secretary will refer the
petition with its supporting documents and the request to the Chief Hearing Examiner who will assign the matter for a hearing to be held on not less
than 10 days notice at a time and place to be set by the hearing examiner. The Deputy Solicitor of Labor may file a pleading and otherwise appear in
opposition to the petition. The hearing will be subject to all of the provisions of 1921.9 through 1921.22
[31 FR 11144, Aug. 23, 1966]