41 USC 607 - Sec. 607. Agency boards of contract appeals - U.S. Code - VLEX 19242891

41 USC 607 - Sec. 607. Agency boards of contract appeals

CONTENT

(a) Establishment; consultation; Tennessee Valley Authority (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) an agency board of contract appeals may be established within an executive agency when the agency head, after consultation with the Administrator, determines from a workload study that the volume of contract claims justifies the establishment of a full-time agency board of at least three members who shall have no other inconsistent duties.

Workload studies will be updated at least once every three years and submitted to the Administrator. (2) The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority may establish a board of contract appeals for the Authority of an indeterminate number of members. (b) Appointment of members; chairman; compensation (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the members of agency boards shall be selected and appointed to serve in the same manner as administrative law judges appointed pursuant to section 3105 of title 5, with an additional requirement that such members shall have had not fewer than five years' experience in public contract law. Full-time members of agency boards serving as such on the effective date of this chapter shall be considered qualified.

The chairman and vice chairman of each board shall be designated by the agency head from members so appointed.

Compensation for the chairman, the vice chairman, and all other members of an agency board shall be determined under section 5372a of title 5. (2) The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority shall establish criteria for the appointment of members to its agency board of contract appeals established in subsection (a)(2) of this section, and shall designate a chairman of such board.

The chairman and all other members of such board shall receive compensation, at the daily equivalent of the rates determined under section 5372a of title 5, for each day they are engaged in the actual performance of their duties as members of the board. (c) Appeals; inter-agency arrangements If the volume of contract claims is not sufficient to justify an agency board under subsection (a) of this section or if he otherwise considers it appropriate, any agency head shall arrange for appeals from decisions by contracting officers of his agency to be decided by a board of contract appeals of another executive agency.

In the event an agency head is unable to make such an arrangement with another agency, he shall submit the case to the Administrator for placement with an agency board.

The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the Tennessee Valley Authority. (d) Jurisdiction Each agency board shall have jurisdiction to decide any appeal from a decision of a contracting officer (1) relative to a contract made by its agency, and (2) relative to a contract made by any other agency when such agency or the Administrator has designated the agency board to decide the appeal.

In exercising this jurisdiction, the agency board is authorized to grant any relief that would be available to a litigant asserting a contract claim in the United States Court of Federal Claims. (e) Decisions An agency board shall provide to the fullest extent practicable, informal, expeditious, and inexpensive resolution of disputes, and shall issue a decision in writing or take other appropriate action on each appeal submitted, and shall mail or otherwise furnish a copy of the decision to the contractor and the contracting officer. (f) Accelerated appeal disposition The rules of each agency board shall include a procedure for the accelerated disposition of any appeal from a decision of a contracting officer where the amount in dispute is $100,000 or less. The accelerated procedure shall be applicable at the sole election of only the contractor.

Appeals under the accelerated procedure shall be resolved, whenever possible, within one hundred and eighty days from the date the contractor elects to utilize such procedure. (g) Review (1) The decision of an agency board of contract appeals shall be final, except that - (A) a contractor may appeal such a decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit within one hundred twenty days after the date of receipt of a copy of such decision, or (B) the agency head, if he determines that an appeal should be taken, and with the prior approval of the Attorney General, transmits the decision of the board of contract appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for judicial review under section 1295 of title 28, within one hundred and twenty days from the date of the agency's receipt of a copy of the board's decision. (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), the decision of the board of contract appeals of the Tennessee Valley Authority shall be final, except that - (A) a contractor may appeal such a decision to a United States district court pursuant to the provisions of section 1337 of title 28, within one hundred twenty days after the date of receipt of a copy of such decision, or (B) The Tennessee Valley Authority may appeal the decision to a United States district court pursuant to the provisions of section 1337 of title 28, within one hundred twenty days after the date of the decision in any case. (3) An award by an arbitrator under this chapter shall be reviewed pursuant to sections 9 through 13 of title 9, except that the court may set aside or limit any award that is found to violate limitations imposed by Federal statute. (h) Procedural guidelines Pursuant to the authority conferred under the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act [41 U.S.C. 401 et seq.], the Administrator is authorized and directed, as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the provisions of this chapter, to issue guidelines with respect to criteria for the establishment, functions, and procedures of the agency boards (except for a board established by the Tennessee Valley Authority).

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References In Text

For the effective date of this chapter, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), see section 16 of Pub. L. 95-563, set out as an Effective Date note under section 601 of this title.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, referred to in subsec. (h), is Pub. L. 93-400, Aug. 30, 1974, 88 Stat. 796, as amended, which is classified principally to chapter 7 (Sec. 401 et seq.) of this title.

For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 401 of this title and Tables.

CODIFICATION

Codification

In subsec. (b)(1), "administrative law judges" substituted for "hearing examiners" on authority of section 3 of Pub. L. 95-251, Mar. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 184, which is set out as a note under section 3105 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

Subsec. (i), which required all agency boards of three or more full time members, except that of the Tennessee Valley Authority, within one hundred and twenty days after Nov. 1, 1978, to develop workload studies for approval by the agency head specified in subsec. (a)(1), was omitted.

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Amendments

1994 - Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 103-355 substituted "$100,000" for "$50,000". 1992 - Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102-572 substituted "United States Court of Federal Claims" for "United States Claims Court". 1990 - Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 101-509, Sec. 529 [title I, Sec. 104(d)(4)(A)], substituted "Compensation for the chairman, the vice chairman, and all other members of an agency board shall be determined under section 5372a of title 5." for "The chairman of each agency board shall receive compensation at a rate equal to that paid a GS-18 under the General Schedule contained in section 5332, of title 5, the vice chairman shall receive compensation at a rate equal to that paid a GS-17 under such General Schedule, and all other members shall receive compensation at a rate equal to that paid a GS-16 under such General Schedule.

Such positions shall be in addition to the number of positions which may be placed in GS-16, GS-17, and GS-18 of such General Schedule under existing law." Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 101-509, Sec. 529 [title I, Sec. 104(d)(4)(B)], substituted "The chairman and all other members of such board shall receive compensation, at the daily equivalent of the rates determined under section 5372a of title 5, for each day they are engaged in the actual performance of their duties as members of the board." for "The chairman of such board shall receive compensation at a rate equal to the daily rate paid a GS-18 under the General Schedule contained in section 5332, of title 5, for each day he is engaged in the actual performance of his duties as a member of such board.

All other members of such board shall receive compensation at a rate equal to the daily rate paid a GS-16 under such General Schedule for each day they are engaged in the actual performance of their duties as members of such board." Subsec. (g)(3). Pub. L. 101-552 added par. (3). 1982 - Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 97-164, Sec. 160(a)(15), substituted "United States Claims Court" for "Court of Claims". Subsec. (g)(1)(A). Pub. L. 97-164, Sec. 156(1), substituted "United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit" for "Court of Claims". Subsec. (g)(1)(B). Pub. L. 97-164, Sec. 156(2), substituted "Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for judicial review under section 1295 of title 28" for "United States Court of Claims for judicial review, under section 2510 of title 28". EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1994 AMENDMENT For effective date and applicability of amendment by Pub. L. 103-355, see section 10001 of Pub. L. 103-355, set out as a note under section 251 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1992 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 102-572 effective Oct. 29, 1992, see section 911 of Pub. L. 102-572, set out as a note under section 171 of Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1990 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 101-509 effective on such date as the President shall determine, but not earlier than 90 days, and not later than 180 days, after Nov. 5, 1990, see section 529 [title III, Sec. 305] of Pub. L. 101-509, set out as a note under section 5301 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1982 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 97-164 effective Oct. 1, 1982, see section 402 of Pub. L. 97-164, set out as a note under section 171 of Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.

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Section Referred To In Other Sections

This section is referred to in sections 601, 603, 606, 609 of this title; title 5 sections 504, 5102, 5372a, 9003; title 22 section 3862; title 25 section 450m-1; title 28 sections 1295, 1346.