Any party may move, with or without supporting affidavits, for a summary decision on all or any part
of the proceeding. Any other party may, within 10 days after service of the motion, serve opposing affidavits or file a cross motion for summary
decision. The administrative law judge may, in his discretion, set the matter for argument and call for submission of briefs. The filing of any
documents under this section shall be with the administrative law judge and copies of any such document shall be served on all the parties.
The administrative law judge may grant such motion if the pleadings, affidavits, material obtained
by discovery or otherwise obtained, or matters officially noticed, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that a party is
entitled to summary decision. Affidavits shall set forth such facts as would be admissible in evidence in the hearing and shall show affirmatively
that the affiant is competent to testify to the matters stated therein. When a motion for summary decision is made and supported as provided in
paragraph (a)(1) of this section, the party opposing the motion may not rest upon the mere allegations or denials of his pleading; his response must
set forth specific facts showing that there is a genuine issue of fact for the hearing.
Should it appear from the affidavits of a party opposing the motion that he cannot, for reasons
stated, present by affidavit facts essential to justify his opposition, the administrative law judge may refuse the application for summary decision
or may order a continuance to permit affidavits to be obtained, or depositions to be taken, or discovery to be had, or may make such other order as is
The denial of all or any part of a motion or cross motion for summary decision by the administrative
law judge shall not be subject to interlocutory appeal to the Secretary unless the administrative law judge certifies in writing:
That the ruling involves an important question of law or policy as to which there is substantial
ground for difference of opinion; and
that an immediate appeal from the ruling may materially advance the ultimate termination of the
The allowance of such an interlocutory appeal shall not stay the proceeding before the
administrative law judge unless the Secretary so orders.