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The Boards of Contract Appeals: A Historical Perspective

13 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2011  

Jeri Kaylene Somers

George Washington University - Law School; U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals


This article - introducing the journal's special issue discussing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - traces the historical evolution of the agency boards of contract appeals to meet the changing dispute resolution needs of the Government in its procurement activities. It discusses the boards of contract appeals and their relationship to the Federal Circuit, focusing more on the factual background rather than the theoretical.

Keywords: Federal Circuit, government contract law, boards of contract appeals, Contract Disputes Act of 1978, Disputes Clause

JEL Classification: H57

Suggested Citation

Somers, Jeri Kaylene, The Boards of Contract Appeals: A Historical Perspective. American University Law Review, Vol. 60, p. 745, 2011; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 550; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 550. Available at SSRN:

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