Most Federal agency Boards of Contract Appeals (BCA's), including
the HUDBCA, are participants in an interagency sharing arrangement,
the purpose of which is to make neutral BCA personnel available
to the Government and Federal contractors for use in Alternative
Dispute Resolution (ADR). The BCA's are an excellent source of impartial
and cost effective neutrals with specific expertise appropriate
for assisting in the resolution of Government contracting disputes.
Under this Arrangement participating Boards provide their services
free of charge.
Obtaining a Neutral through the BCA-ADR Sharing Arrangement:
Parties are encouraged to look first to obtaining ADR services
from the Board that would normally handle the matter. Agency contracting
officials or Federal contractors who are interested in using the
BCA-ADR Sharing Arrangement, and obtaining BCA personnel from other
agencies to serve as neutrals, should contact the Chair of the Board
that would normally handle the matter. Upon receiving a request
for a neutral from another Board, the Chair will promptly take the
necessary steps to obtain a neutral through the BCA-ADR Sharing
Arrangement. Board Chairs, recognizing the need for a quick response,
will act upon ADR requests expeditiously.
Mediator Skills Training:
Mediator skills training has been provided to a number of BCA personnel
serving as mediators. Based on need, additional mediator skills
training courses are planned for the future.
Monitoring ADR Usage:
The Chairs will monitor ADR usage at their respective Boards.
BCAs Participating in the BCA-ADR Sharing Arrangement:
Armed Services BCA, Department of Agriculture BCA, Department of
Energy BCA, Department of the Interior BCA, Department of Housing
and Urban Development BCA, Department of Labor BCA, Postal Service
BCA, Department of Transportation BCA, and Department of Veterans