Hearing Officer's powers.
Any Hearing Officer may—
(a) Give notice concerning, and hold, prehearing conferences and hearings;
(b) Administrator oaths and affirmations;
(c) Examine witnesses;
(d) Adopt procedures for the submission of evidence in written form;
(e) Issue subpoenas and take depositions or cause them to be taken;
(f) Rule on offers of proof;
(g) Receive evidence;
(h) Regulate the course of the hearing;
(i) Hold conferences, before and during the hearing, to settle and simplify issues by consent of the parties;
(j) Dispose of procedural requests and similar matters; and
(k) Issue decisions, make findings of fact, make assessments, and issue orders, as appropriate.