Though there is a robust system for resolving a dispute between the government and the contractor (click here to read more), sometimes the decision doesn’t go the contractor’s way and they feel hard done by. When that happens, the contractors are not out of luck, they can appeal. If a contractor submitted a claim that was denied by the contractor officer, the next option is to appeal the decision. Appeals of claims may be filed in one of three possible venues:
Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”). The ASBCA is tasked with hearing all contract appeals that arise from Department of Defense procurements.
Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”). The CBCA is tasked with hearing all contract appeals that involve civilian procurements.
The Court of Federal Claims may hear disputes arising from both Department of Defense and Court of Federal Claims cases.
Regardless of venue, the process of appealing a claim is often complex. Appeals are like mini trials in that they require a traditional discovery process, briefing of arguments, and a hearing before the judge may also be required.
Thus claim appeals are an involved process that can benefit greatly from professional legal help. We have experience working through discovery, briefing issues, and developing winning arguments. Best of all, we can be a guide through the complicated world of claim appeals.