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Open the Floodgates: Divided Federal Circuit Panel Expands Access to Court of Federal Claims

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The Federal Circuit last Friday issued a decision that is, as the dissent put it, “a very important government contract case.” In v. United States, the Federal Circuit adopted a narrow construction of the FASA task order bar, which prohibits the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) from hearing a protest challenging the issuance of a task order. At the same time, the Federal Circuit held that under certain circumstances—such as in this case—potential subcontractors can challenge an agency’s violation of procurement law at the COFC.

The Federal Circuit effectively kicked down the drawbridge to the COFC. It increased the variety of cases the COFC can hear and the classes of government contractors—particularly subcontractors—that can bring those cases. will have significant ramifications on the government contracting community.

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