Board Judge

Washington, D.C
Sep 30, 2022
Oct 07, 2022
Full Time

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA or the "Board") has jurisdiction over matters arising from all executive branch agencies other than the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States Postal Service, Postal Rate Commission, and Tennessee Valley Authority. The Board also has authority over requests for arbitration to resolve disputes between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and applicants for public assistance disaster grants arising from disasters occurring after January 1, 2016. The Board also hears and decides cases involving the Indian Self-Determination Act; cases involving the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation; requests for binding arbitration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); requests for review of transportation audit rate determinations; claims by Federal civilian employees regarding travel and relocation expenses; and certain requests for arbitration involving applicants for public assistance disaster grants and FEMA arising from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In addition, the Board provides alternative dispute resolution services to executive agencies in contract disputes which are the subject of a contracting officer's decision and other contract-related disputes. Although the Board is administratively located under the General Services Administration (GSA), it functions as an independent tribunal.

Each Board Judge manages a docket of cases and participates in decisions with other Board Judges. A Board Judge is responsible, from the time of assignment of a case, for the conduct of all of the proceedings in the case through the drafting of the Board's decision. The Board Judge individually rules on motions and other interlocutory questions, and issues decisions on non-dispositive matters and small claims. The Board Judge also issues decisions on dispositive matters, generally in conjunction with other members of the Board.

The Board Judge convenes prehearing conferences and assists parties in defining the issues. The Board Judge presides at hearings, where he/she administers oaths, and rules on the admissibility of testimony and exhibits.

The Board Judge drafts the final decision of the Board in cases assigned to him/her and participates in the decision as a panel member in other assigned cases. The Board Judge also acts as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution matters, assisting the parties in resolving disputes through informal means.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Applications must be received by the closing date to receive consideration.
  • Selectee must undergo a background investigation for Top Secret clearance.
  • Selectee must file initial & ongoing Public Financial Disclosure Reports.


This position is a critical-sensitive national security position. If selected, you will be required to undergo a single scope background investigation and the GSA security office must grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. Applicants do not need this level of clearance in order to apply. If you are not a GSA employee, the security office must grant the clearance before we can hire you unless a pre-appointment waiver of this requirement is approved.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will be required to complete a certification document confirming their selective service status.

If selected, you will be required within 30 days of your initial appointment and annually thereafter to complete the OGE Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, as well as monthly financial transaction reports, to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interests and your position.


Qualifying Experience: At the time of application, applicants must be licensed to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territorial court established under the Constitution. An applicant must have, in the aggregate, at least five years of public contract law experience consisting of serving as an attorney or judge in:

1. Proceedings before any Federal agency boards of contract appeals or comparable Federal, State, or local administrative bodies;

2. Actions in courts of record involving public contract issues fully comparable to those in proceedings before agency boards of contract appeals or before Federal, State, or local administrative bodies; or

3. Advising on public contracts, or teaching or writing on the subject of public contract law.

In the determination of whether public contract law experience involving State or local contracts is qualifying, a direct comparison is made between the subject matter of such experience and the subject matter commonly involved in the practice of Federal public contract law. At least two years of the qualifying experience in public contract law must have been of a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-15 grade level or above. Remuneration is not considered in the making of this comparison.

Additional information


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

CBCA offers employees the opportunity to participate in its alternative work schedule (AWS) program. AWS includes both flexible work schedules and compressed work schedules.

CBCA supports the use of telework as a way to attract and keep talented individuals in public service. At the discretion of the position's supervisor, this position may be designated as telework eligible.

This vacancy announcement readvertises the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) position of Board Judge, formerly advertised under announcement numbers 10CBCA01TC05, 12CBCA01, 13CBCA01, and 15CBCA01. If you applied under any of the previous announcements, you MUST reapply under the current announcement (22CBCA01) in order to be considered.