About The Board

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) was established on January 6, 2007, pursuant to section 847 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, to hear and decide contract disputes between government contractors and civilian executive agencies under the provisions of the Contract Disputes Act, 41 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7109 (CDA). The CBCA's authority under this statute extends to all agencies of the federal government except the Department of Defense and its constituent agencies, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the United States Postal Service, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The newly-formed CBCA consolidated into one organization the functions of eight boards of contract appeals – those of the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs, and the General Services Administration. The decisions of the predecessor boards continue as binding precedent at the CBCA. Twelve administrative judges appointed by the Administrator of General Services under 41 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2) preside over cases filed at the CBCA.

In addition to CDA cases, the CBCA hears and decides various other classes of cases. These include:

The CBCA also offers options for litigating cases intended to shorten and simplify the proceedings. These options include alternative dispute resolution (ADR), small claims procedures, accelerated procedures and alternative procedures.