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Meet the Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge

Judge C.F. (Spike) Moore

Judge C.F. (Spike) Moore was appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) effective November 6, 2011. In this capacity, he serves as the alter-ego to Chief Administrative Nancy J. Griswold, OMHA’s agency head and presides over the second largest federal administrative adjudicative system in the nation. OMHA’s administrative law judges resolve disputes involving coverage and payment issues under the Medicare act and regulations.

Judge Moore has extensive management experience having served not only as a Hearing Office Chief ALJ, but also in acting capacities as the Associate Chief ALJ and Deputy Chief ALJ in the Office of the Chief ALJ, for the Social Security Administration (SSA).  In these capacities, he was a key figure in SSA’s ALJ hiring, designing the interview process as well as the background investigation process for administrative law judge candidates referred by the Office of Personnel Management. From 2004-2011, Judge Moore was involved in the selection of over 750 ALJs for SSA, over half of the SSA ALJ Corps. In his role as the acting Associate Chief ALJ, he developed and directed the program of service area realignment to transfer approximately 40,000 cases nationally, along with related service areas and their receipts from heavily backlogged hearing offices to hearing offices with better capacities to be held via video teleconferencing. He also designed the decision writer statistical index, a mechanism to enhance case assignments to SSA attorneys and paralegals.

As the acting Deputy Chief ALJ from December 2003 through July 2004, Judge Moore was the alter-ego to SSA’s Chief ALJ and presided over SSA’s administrative adjudicative system.

In addition to his other duties for SSA, Judge Moore served a course designer and instructor for the national hearing office chief ALJ training and national docket management training.  He has also been an instructor for new ALJ training, decision writer training, as well as other management training classes and seminars for SSA.

Prior to his appointment as an Administrative Law Judge in 1994, Judge Moore served for 11 years as the District Attorney for the 156th Judicial District of Texas. In this capacity, he was the chief felony prosecutor for three rural counties in Texas.

Judge Moore was awarded a B.A. in Government with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a J.D. from the University Of Texas School of Law and worked for most of the period of his graduate and undergraduate career as a Legislative Aide in the Texas House of Representatives.