U.S. Code > Title 7 > Chapter 92 > § 6308 - Investigations and power to subpoena
Current as of: February 2010
The Secretary may make such investigations as the Secretary
considers necessary -
(1) for the effective administration of this chapter; and
(2) to determine whether any person has engaged or is engaging
in any act that constitutes a violation of this chapter, or any
order, rule, or regulation issued under this chapter.
(b) Subpoenas, oaths, and affirmations
(1) In general
For the purpose of an investigation under subsection (a) of
this section, the Secretary may administer oaths and
affirmations, and issue a subpoena to require the production of
any records that are relevant to the inquiry. The production of
any such records may be required from any place in the United
(2) Administrative hearings
For the purpose of an administrative hearing held under section
6306 or 6307 of this title, the presiding officer is authorized
to administer oaths and affirmations, subpoena witnesses, compel
their attendance, take evidence, and require the production of
any records that are relevant to the inquiry. Such attendance of
witnesses and the production of any such records may be required
from any place in the United States.
(c) Aid of courts
In the case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpoena issued
to, any person, the Secretary may invoke the aid of any court of
the United States within the jurisdiction of which such
investigation or proceeding is carried on, or where such person
resides or carries on business, in order to enforce a subpoena
issued by the Secretary under subsection (b) of this section. The
court may issue an order requiring such person to comply with such
Any failure to obey an order of the court under this section may
be punished by such court as a contempt thereof.
Process in any such case may be served in the judicial district
in which such person resides or conducts business or wherever such
person may be found.
(f) Hearing site
The site of any hearings held under section 6306 or 6307 of this
title shall be within the judicial district where such person
resides or has a principal place of business.