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Job Title:  Board Judge
Department:  General Services Administration
Agency:  Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
Job Announcement Number:  13CBCA01

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$165,300.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 18, 2013 to Thursday, April 17, 2014
Full-time - Permanent - Excepted Service Position
FEW vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
All United States citizens.


GSA employees leverage the buying power of the federal government to acquire best value for taxpayers and our federal customers. We exercise responsible asset management. We deliver superior workplaces, quality acquisition services, and expert business solutions. We develop innovative and effective management policies. GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government".


  1. Applications for this vacancy MUST be emailed to If we do not receive your application through you will not be considered.
  2. This vacancy announcement readvertises the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) position of Board Judge, formerly advertised under announcement numbers 10CBCA01TC05 and 12CBCA01. If you applied under either of these previous announcements, you need not reapply - your application will automatically be considered under this readvertisement.  However, applicants who have been on the register of eligibles for more than two years must update their applications in accordance with the instructions below under "How You Will Be Evaluated" and "What To Expect Next" in order to remain active.

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) is responsible for resolving disputes arising out of contracts between Government agencies and private contractors. The Board has jurisdiction over matters arising from all 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 hears and decides requests for review of transportation audit rate determinations; claims by Federal civilian employees regarding travel and relocation expenses; cases involving the Indian Self-Determination Act; cases involving the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation; and certain applications for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In addition, the Board provides alternative dispute resolution services to executive agencies in both contract disputes which are the subject of a contracting officer's decision and other contract-related disputes and requests for binding arbitration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Although the Board is located within the agency, it functions as an independent tribunal. Each Board Judge manages a docket of cases and participates in decisions with other Board Judges.


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


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The 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, determines the order of proof, 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.


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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 in fully comparable formal proceedings 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.


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.


The Office of Executive Resources (OER) will review each application for the requisite documents and to determine if the application meets the minimum qualification requirements. If an application is missing any of the required documents or the applicant's background and experience, as demonstrated in the application, does not meet the minimum qualification requirements, the applicant will be assigned a rating of "ineligible." An applicant assigned a rating of "ineligible" will be notified of this rating and given the right to appeal it, within ten days of receipt of written notice, to the CBCA Registrar at Any such appeal will be considered by the Chairperson of the CBCA, and the applicant will be notified by the CBCA Registrar.

Once it has been determined that an applicant meets the minimum qualification requirements, a further review of the applicant's work experiences and accomplishments will be conducted as described below. All of these functions will be carried out by a panel of three Board Judges selected by the Chairperson of the CBCA.

  1. Rating Factors. An applicant must demonstrate the ability to conduct hearings in a dignified and orderly manner; prepare clear and concise statements of fact, law, and decision; and exercise the sound judgment, judicial temperament, and poise required for successful performance. The following rating factors are considered:
    • Knowledge of public contract and procurement law and knowledge of the Federal rules of evidence and procedure;
    • Ability to understand and interpret law, and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate evidence and find facts;
    • Ability to communicate concisely and clearly and to preside at meetings, conferences, and hearings; and
    • Ability to make independent decisions in a fair and impartial manner, to make and write prompt decisions, to manage time efficiently, and to operate in a collegial environment.
    Using an established crediting plan, the panel will rate, in writing, each applicant as highly qualified, qualified, or minimally qualified, under each of the four rating factors listed above.  The panel will contact references for, and interview, applicants who are rated as qualified or highly qualified, as defined in the crediting plan, under at least three of the four rating factors.
  2. References/Interview. Using a written questionnaire, the panel will contact at least two persons familiar with each eligible applicant's qualifications to evaluate the applicant's experience, knowledge, and abilities. The panel will then interview each eligible applicant.
  3. Final Rating. Based upon the panel's evaluation of the application, recommendations from the applicant's references, and the panel's interview with the applicant, the panel will rate each eligible applicant as "average," "above average," or "outstanding." Candidates will then be placed on the register of eligibles for consideration for selection. Note regarding application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the CBCA considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans' preference, you are encouraged to include that information in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-15, or other substantiating documents) to your submission. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide.

Each applicant will be notified of his/her eligibility status by OER and will remain on the register of eligibles for two years. Upon expiration of the two-year period, an applicant may submit a supplemental resume in order to remain on the register for an additional period of two years. At the discretion of the CBCA, the applicant may be re-interviewed and references may be re-checked at any time.

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GSA offers a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.



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.

GSA offers employees the opportunity to participate in an alternative work schedule program (AWS) for many positions. AWS includes both flexible work schedules and compressed work schedules.

GSA 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.


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Applications for this vacancy MUST be emailed to and MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered. If we do not receive your application through by the closing date, you will not be considered.

GSA is not accepting online applications for this position, and you do not need to register in USAJOBS to apply.


Those interested in applying for a Board Judge position must submit the documents listed below to be considered for this position.

  1. A resume;
  2. A letter of good standing from a state bar indicating (a) that the applicant is currently a member, and (b) the date of admission; 
  3. An explanation of how the applicant meets the qualifying requirement of at least five years of public contract law experience, including specific examples;
  4. Two written work products;
  5. A list of four or more persons who have knowledge of the applicant's experience and professional qualifications, such as a judge before whom the applicant has appeared or opposing counsel or co-counsel.

Veterans: Submit proof of preference claim (DD-214 & SF-15 if applicable; or submit official statement of service if on active duty).


Office of Exec. Resources
Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-735-2966
Agency Information:
GSA, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
Office of Executive Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


An applicant will be eligible based upon his/her assigned ratings for possible selection. Each applicant will be notified of his/her eligibility status by OER and will remain on the register of eligibles for two years. Upon expiration of the two-year period, an applicant may submit a supplemental resume in order to remain on the register for an additional period of two years. At the discretion of the CBCA, the applicant may be re-interviewed and references may be re-checked at any time.

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