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A Guide to Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

On January 6, 2006, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006.1 Section 847 of that Act established—effective January 6, 2007—the new Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) through the consolidation of most—but not all—of the then-existing nondefense-related boards of contract appeals. This Briefing Paper provides you with important and current information about the new Civilian Board and then discusses (1) the sources of jurisdiction for contract and other actions before that board, (2) claims that raise special jurisdictional issues, (3) the relief available in Government contract cases before the Civilian Board, (4) prelitigation considerations that may affect an appeal at the board, (5) the rules and procedures of the Civilian Board that apply to discovery and other pretrial procedures, motions, trials/hearings, decisions and full board consideration, and accelerated, expedited, and small claims procedures, and (6) appellate review of the new board’s decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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