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CAB Overview


The mission of the DC Contract Appeals Board (CAB) is to provide an impartial, expeditious, inexpensive, and knowledgeable forum for hearing and resolving contractual disputes and protests involving the District and its contracting communities.

Date Established

The DC Contract Appeals Board was established on September 17, 1953, pursuant to Reorganization Order No. 29, Part VII.  

Current Authority and Status

CAB is a statutorily created independent agency pursuant to the Procurement Practices Reform Amendment Act of 2010, Bill 18-610 (effective April 8, 2011). DC Code §2-360.08 et seq. (2011).

Staffing and Budget

The FY18 CAB appropriated budget is $1,490,422, which supports 10 FTEs and the Board’s digital litigation infrastructure. The Board consists of one Chief Administrative Judge and two Administrative Judges. The Judges are supported in the daily performance of duties by an outstanding staff, including one General Counsel, three Attorneys, and three administrative support staff.

Partnerships/External Relations

CAB partners with area law schools to provide volunteer internship opportunities with Board Judges on an as needed basis. Since 2011, CAB has hired interns from George Washington University School of Law, Howard University School of Law, American University School of Law, the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, Catholic University School of Law, the Texas Southern University School of Law, and Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. If you are interested in learning more, please contact [email protected]. CAB Judges are members of the D.C. Bar, the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association/Judicial Division, and the American Bar Association.

Docket and Workflow

In FY17 CAB closed 64 cases, including 25 appeals and 39 protests. At the close of FY17, the Board had 28 open cases. In FY17, 37 new protests and 11 new disputes cases were filed with the Board. Upon filing, each new case is assigned to a Presiding Judge, and referred to a panel for final disposition (except for small claims matters valued at under $10,000). In FY17 parties filed 41,742 pages of litigation material with the Board. In FY17, 48% of the cases which the Board closed were closed by settlement. CAB cases scheduled for trial during FY 2018 are available for viewing on our online calendar. The public is welcome to attend any CAB trial, pre-trial and/or hearing matter, except those wherein a protective order has been issued. The CAB Clerk’s office is completely transparent and virtualized on our website. All CAB case files (except those subject to a protective order) are searchable on our website, and accessible by parties, members of the public and the media. CAB cases are adjudicated in a largely digital environment, with 97% of all litigants filing pleadings digitally. CAB also accepts new cases and pleadings by mail, fax, or in person.

Since FY11, Board Judges have achieved a 73% net reduction in open cases on the Board’s docket (open cases declined from 104 at the end of FY11 to 28 at the end of FY17).