(a) Writing required. A respondent shall file a written answer to the complaint, or may file a written motion pursuant to § 13.208(d) or § 13.218(f)(1-4) of this subpart instead of filing an answer, not later than 30 days after service of the complaint. The answer may be in the form of a letter but must be dated and signed by the person responding to the complaint. An answer may be typewritten or may be legibly handwritten.
(b) Filing and address. A person filing an answer shall personally deliver or mail the original and one copy of the answer for filing with the hearing docket clerk, not later than 30 days after service of the complaint to the Hearing Docket at the appropriate address set forth in § 13.210(a) of this subpart. The person filing an answer should suggest a location for the hearing when filing the answer.
(c) Service. A person filing an answer shall serve a copy of the answer on the agency attorney who filed the complaint.
(d) Contents. An answer shall specifically state any affirmative defense that the respondent intends to assert at the hearing. A person filing an answer may include a brief statement of any relief requested in the answer.
(e) Specific denial of allegations required. A person filing an answer shall admit, deny, or state that the person is without sufficient knowledge or information to admit or deny, each numbered paragraph of the complaint. Any statement or allegation contained in the complaint that is not specifically denied in the answer may be deemed an admission of the truth of that allegation. A general denial of the complaint is deemed a failure to file an answer.
(f) Failure to file answer. A person's failure to file an answer without good cause shall be deemed an admission of the truth of each allegation contained in the complaint.
[Doc. No. 18884, 44 FR 63723, Nov. 5, 1979, as amended at 70 FR 8238, Feb. 18, 2005]