733.270-2Special procedures regarding contract disputes appeals promulgated pursuant to paragraph 2 of the Administrator's designation.
(a) The following rules will apply, in lieu of Rules 3 and 4(a) of the ASBCA, to contract dispute appeals to the Administrator of the USAID or his/her authorized representative which are docketed with that Board.
(b)Rule 3 (USAID)—Forwarding of Appeals. When a notice of appeal in any form has been received by the contracting officer, he/she shall endorse thereon the date of mailing (or date of receipt, if otherwise conveyed) and within 10 days shall forward said notice of appeal to the Board with a copy to the USAID General Counsel in Washington, DC. Following receipt by the Board of the original notice of an appeal (whether through the contracting officer or otherwise), the contractor, the contracting officer, and the USAID General Counsel will be promptly advised of its receipt, and the contractor will be furnished a copy of these rules.
(c)Rule 4 (USAID). Preparation, Contents, Organization, Forwarding, and Status of Appeal File (Supersedes Rule 4, “Duties of Contracting Officer” of the ASBCA rules in effect on April 1, 1980).
(d)Duties of contracting officer. Within 30 days of receipt of an appeal or advice that an appeal has been filed, the contracting officer shall assemble and transmit to the USAID General Counsel in Washington, DC, two copies of all documents pertinent to the appeal, including:
(1) The decision and findings of fact from which appeal is taken;
(2) The contract, including specifications and pertinent amendments, plans and drawings;
(3) All correspondence between the parties pertinent to the appeal, including the letter or letters of claim in response to which the decision was issued;
(4) All transcripts of any testimony taken during the course of proceedings, and affidavits or statements of any witnesses on the matter in dispute made prior to the filing of the notice of appeal with the Board; and
(5) Any additional information considered pertinent.
(e) The General Counsel will compile the appeal file from such documents, which file must contain the items enumerated in paragraphs (d) (1) through (5) of this section and will promptly, and in any event within 65 days after the appeal is docketed by the Board, transmit the appeal file to the Board. The General Counsel will notify the appellant when he/she has compiled the appeal file, will provide him/her with a list of its contents, and will afford him/her an opportunity to examine the complete file at the office of the Board and, if the General Counsel deems it appropriate, at any overseas location, for the purpose of satisfying himself/herself as to the contents, and furnishing or suggesting any additional documentation deemed pertinent to the appeal. After receipt of the foregoing file, as it may be augmented at the time of receipt, the Board will promptly advise the parties.