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Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 520N, Washington, DC 20004-1710

TTY/TDD, 202-434-4000, ext. 293
http://www.fmshrc.gov | Email: fmshrc@fmshrc.gov


CHAIRMarco M. Rajkovich, Jr.

CommissionersWilliam I. Althen
Mary Lucille Jordan
Arthur R. Traynor III
Michael G. Young



Chief Administrative Law Judge(vacancy)
General CounselMichael A. McCord
Senior Policy AdvisorTimothy A. Greten

The above list of key personnel was updated 4–2019.

The above list of key personnel was updated 4–2019.

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ensures compliance with occupational safety and health standards in the Nation's surface and underground coal, metal, and nonmetal mines.

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), as amended, established the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission as an independent and adjudicative agency.

The Commission comprises five members whom the President appoints and the Senate confirms. Each Commissioner serves a 6-year term, and all the terms are staggered. The President appoints one of the Commissioners to serve as the Chair. At the trial level, the FMSHRC's administrative judges decide cases. The Commissioners are responsible for appellate review of a decision made by an administrative law judge.


FMSHRC provides administrative trial and appellate review of legal disputes arising from enforcement actions taken by the Department of Labor.

The FMSHRC and its administrative law judges decide cases brought before it by the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, mine operators, and miners or their representatives. These cases generally involve review of the Administration's enforcement actions, including citations, mine-closure orders, and proposals for civil penalties issued for violations of the act or the mandatory safety and health standards promulgated by the Secretary of Labor. The FMSHRC also has jurisdiction over discrimination complaints filed by miners or their representatives regarding their safety and health, complaints for compensation filed on behalf of miners idled as a result of mine closure orders issued by the Administration, and disputes involving mine emergency response plans.

Cases brought before the FMSHRC are assigned to a judge in the Office of Administrative Law Judges, and hearings are conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 554, 556) and the FMSHRC's procedural rules (29 CFR 2700).

A judge's decision becomes a final, nonprecedential order of the FMSHRC 40 days after issuance unless it has directed the case for review in response to a petition or on its own motion. If a review is conducted, a decision of the FMSHRC becomes final 30 days after issuance unless a party adversely affected seeks review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit or the circuit within which the mine subject to the litigation is located.

As far as practicable, hearings are held at locations convenient to the affected mines. In addition to its District of Columbia offices, the Office of Administrative Law Judges maintains offices in Colorado and Pennsylvania.


Sources of Information

Administrative Law Judges

To ask a question regarding a case before an administrative law judge, send an email to the address below or call the Office of the Administrative Law Judges. Phone, 202-434-9950.

https://www.fmshrc.gov/about/aljs | Email: docket@fmshrc.gov

Contact Information

The "Contact Us" web page has contact information for the Office of the Executive Director and Office of the Administrative Law Judges. The FMSHRC maintains offices in Washington, DC; Denver, CO; and Pittsburgh, PA. Washington—phone, 202-434-9905; fax, 202-434-9906. Denver—phone, 303-844-5267; fax, 303-844-5268. Pittsburgh—phone, 412-920-7240; fax, 412-928-8689.

https://www.fmshrc.gov/contact | Email: fmshrc@fmshrc.gov


Searchable databases of FMSHRC decisions and decisions of administrative law judges are available online.


The "Cases on Review" web page includes links to cases currently on review before the FMSHRC and to decisions on appeal before the U.S. Courts of Appeals.


Federal Mine Safety and Health Act

The FMSHRC has prepared a version of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 that reflects changes made to it by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006. This unofficial document is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.



Electronic filing may be done through the FMSHRC’s electronic case management system (e-CMS). To use the e-CMS, a filer must register at the FMSHRC-eCMS website. The e-CMS support team is available to provide assistance.

http://www.fmshrc.gov/guides/instructions-electronic-filing | Email: e-CMS.Support@fmshrc.gov

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA requires Federal agencies to disclose records after receiving a properly written request. The law does include provisions that shield certain records, or parts of them, from disclosure. The FOIA Service Center assists those seeking information through the FOIA. For more information, write to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, FOIA Service Center, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 520N, Washington, DC 20004-1710. Phone, 202-434-9935. Fax, 202-434-9944.

http://www.fmshrc.gov/foia | Email: foia@fmshrc.gov

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FMSHRC posts answers to FAQs.



The "Guides" web page includes links to guidance on proceedings, case procedures, reopening a case, electronic filing, and the Freedom of Information Act,



The FMSHRC posts audio files of decisional public meetings on its website.



The latest FMSHRC news is available online.


Oral Arguments

The FMSHRC posts audio files of oral arguments on its website.


Organizational Chart

The FMSHRC publishes its organizational chart as part of its "Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Plan." In the budget justification and performance plan for fiscal year 2020 (18 MAR 2019), the chart is on page 5. The key personnel list of commissioners and administrators, which appears at the top of this entry, relies on the organizational chart published in the budget justification and performance plan.


Procedural Rules (29 CFR 2700)

The FMSHRC posts its procedural rules online in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


Reports / Budget Submissions

The "Reports and Budget Submissions" web page includes links to the FMSHRC's current and past strategic plans, sustainability report, reports to Congress, as well as to its budget and annual performance, buy American, and performance accountability reports.


The Sources of Information were updated 4–2019.