The mission of OHA is to plan, coordinate, and provide administrative support for NAD, OALJ, and OJO. OHA promotes fairness, transparency, and consistency in NAD, OALJ, and OJO proceedings through the planning, coordination, and administration of office-wide activities and initiatives.
Previously, OALJ and OJO were offices under Departmental Administration, and NAD was an independent office that reported to the Secretary of Agriculture. The reorganization consolidated administrative support for the three USDA entities that adjudicate first and second-level hearings and appeals at USDA. After consolidation, NAD, OALJ, and OJO continue to conduct proceedings under their respective legal authorities.