10 CFR 1023.305 - Standards for awards.
(a) A prevailing applicant may receive an award for fees and expenses incurred in connection with a proceeding or in a significant and discrete substantive portion of the proceeding, unless the position of the agency over which the applicant has prevailed was substantially justified. The position of the agency includes, in addition to the position taken by the agency in the covered proceeding, the action or failure to act by the agency upon which the covered proceeding is based. The burden of proof that an award should not be made to an eligible prevailing applicant because the agency's position was substantially justified is on the agency counsel.
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