In accordance with the Contract Disputes Act of 1978 (41 U.S.C. §§ 601-613), the HUD Board of Contract Appeals (“Board”) is the independent forum for the adjudication of disputes arising out of contracts with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 24 C.F.R. Part 20. In these cases, the Board is empowered to grant the same relief in contract matters as the United States Court of Federal Claims. Decisions of the Board in these cases are final, except an appeal of the Board decision may be filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The Board also holds hearings and makes determinations on behalf of the Secretary of HUD, pursuant to 24 C.F.R. Parts 24, 25, and 26, in appeals relating to the imposition of administrative sanctions, e.g., the debarment and suspension of contractors and other principals in HUD programs, limited denials of participation, and sanctions imposed by the Mortgagee Review Board. As authorized by 24 C.F.R. § 17.150-17.170, the Board conducts reviews, where requested, of proposed administrative wage garnishments and proposed administrative offsets of any Federal payment due to individuals who have defaulted on HUD-insured loans, or who are otherwise indebted to HUD, pursuant to the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 (31 U.S.C. § 3720A) and the Debt Collection Improve.