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(e) Status of Documents in Appeal File Documents contained in the appeal file are considered, without further action by the parties, as part of the record upon which the Board will render its decision, unless a party objects to the consideration of a particular document in advance of hearing or of settling the record in the event there is no hearing on the appeal. If objection to a document is made, the Board will rule upon its admissibility into the record and/or the weight to be attached to it as evidence in accordance with Rules 13 and 20, hereof.

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5. Dismissal for Lack of Jurisdiction Any motion addressed to the jurisdiction of the Board shall be promptly filed. Hearing on the motion shall be afforded on application of either party, unless the Board determines that its decision on the motion will be deferred pending hearing on both the merits and the motion. The Board shall have the right at any time and on its own motion to raise the issue of its jurisdiction to proceed with a particular case, and shall do so by an appropriate order, affording the parties an opportunity to be heard thereon.

6. Pleadings

(a) Within 30 days after receipt of notice of
docketing of the appeal, the appellant shall
file with the Board an original and two copies
of a complaint setting forth simple, concise
and direct statements of each of his claims,
alleging the basis, with appropriate reference
to contract provisions, for each claim, and the
dollar amount claimed. This pleading shall ful-
fill the generally recognized requirements of a
complaint, although no particular form or for-
mality is required. Upon receipt thereof, the
Recorder of the Board shall serve a copy upon
the respondent. Should the complaint not be
received within 30 days, appellant's claim and
appeal may if in the opinion of the Board the
issues before the Board are sufficiently defined,
be deemed to set forth his complaint and the
respondent shall be so notified.

(b) Within 30 days from receipt of said complaint,

or the aforesaid notice from the Recorder of

the Board, respondent shall prepare and file with

the Board an original and two copies of an answer
thereto, setting forth simple, concise, and direct
statements of respondent's defenses to each claim
asserted by appellant. This pleading shall fulfill
the generally recognized requirements of an answer,
and shall set forth any affirmative defenses or
counter-claims, as appropriate. Upon receipt
thereof, the Recorder shall serve a copy upon
appellant. Should the answer not be received
within 30 days, the Board may, in its discretion,
enter a general denial on behalf of the Govern-
ment, and the appellant shall be so notified.

7. Amendments of Pleadings or Record The Board upon its own initiative or upon application by a party may, in its discretion, order a party to make a more definite statement of the complaint or answer, or to reply to an answer.

The Board may, in its discretion, and within the proper scope of the appeal, permit either party to amend his pleading upon conditions just to both parties. When issues within the proper scope of the appeal, but not raised by the pleadings or the documenta tion described in Rule 4, are tried by express or implied consent of the parties, or by permission of the Board, they shall be treated in all respects as if they had been raised therein. In such instances, motions to amend the pleadings to conform to the proof may be entered, but are not required. If evidence is objected to at a hearing on the ground that it is not within the issues raised by the pleadings or the Rule 4 documentation (which shall be deemed part of the pleadings for this purpose), it may be admitted within the proper scope of the appeal, provided, however, that the objecting party may be granted a continuance if necessary to enable him to meet such evidence.

8. Upon receipt of respondent's answer or the notice referred to in the last sentence of Rule 6(b), above, appellant shall advise whether he desires a hearing, as prescribed in Rules 17 through 25, or whether in the alternative he elects to submit his case on the record without a hearing, as prescribed in Rule 11. In appropriate cases, the appellant shall also elect whether he desires the optional accelerated procedure prescribed in Rule 12.

9. Pre-Hearing Briefs Based on an examination of the documentation described in Rule 4, the pleadings, and a determination of whether the arguments and authorities addressed to the issues are adequately set forth therein, the Board may in its discretion require the parties to submit pre-hearing briefs in any case in which a hearing has been elected pursuant to Rule 8. In the absence of a Board requirement therefor, either party may in its discretion, and upon appropriate and sufficient notice to the other party, furnish a pre-hearing brief to the Board. In any case where a pre-hearing brief is submitted, it shall be furnished so as to be received by the Board at least 15 days prior to the date set for hearing, and a copy shall simultaneously be furnished to the other party as previously arranged.

Whether the

10. Pre-Hearing or Pre-Submission Conference case is to be submitted pursuant to Rule 11, or heard pursuant to Rules 17 through 25, the Board may upon its own initiative or upon the application of either party, call upon the parties to appear before a member or examiner of the Board for a conference to consider:

(a) The simplification or clarification of the issues;

(b) The possibility of obtaining stipulations, admis-
sions, agreements on documents, understandings on
matters already of record, or similar agreements
which will avoid unnecessary proof;

(c) The limitation of the number of expert witnesses,
or avoidance of similar cumulative evidence, if
the case is to be heard;

(a) The possibility of agreement disposing of all or
any of the issues in dispute;

(e) Such other matters as may aid in the disposition

of the appeal.

The results of the conference shall be reduced to writing by the Board member or examiner in the presence of the parties, and this writing shall thereafter constitute part of the record.

11. Submission Without a Hearing - Either party may elect to waive a hearing and to submit his case upon the record before the Board, as settled pursuant to Rule 13. Submission of a case without hearing does not relieve the parties from the necessity of proving

the facts supporting their allegations or defenses. Affidavits,
depositions, admissions, answers to interrogatories, and stipula-
tions may be employed to supplement other documentary evidence
in the Board record. The Board may permit such submission to be
supplemented by oral argument (transcribed if requested), and/or
by briefs, arranged in accordance with Rule 23.

Optional Accelerated Procedure

12. In appeals involving $25,000 or less, either party may elect, in his notice of appeal, complaint, answer, or by separate correspondence or statement prior to commencement of hearing or settlement of the record, to have the appeal processed under a shortened and accelerated procedure. For application of this rule the amount in controversy will be determined by the sum of the amounts claimed by either party against the other in the appeal proceeding. If no specific amount of claim is stated, a case will be considreed to fall within this rule if the sum of the amounts which each party represents in writing that it could recover as a result of a Board decision favorable to it does not exceed $25,000. Upon such election, a case shall then be processed under this rule unless the other party objects and shows good cause why the substantive nature of the dispute requires processing under the Board's regular procedures and the Board, acting through a Vice Chairman or the Chairman, sustains such objection. In cases proceeding under this rule, parties are encouraged, to the extent possible consistent with adequate presentation of their factual and legal positions, to waive pleadings, discovery, and briefs.

Written decision by the Board in cases proceeding under this rule normally will be short and contain summary findings of fact and conclusions only. The Board will endeavor to render such decisions within 30 days after the appeal is ready for decision. Such decisions will be rendered for the Board by a single Board member with the concurrence of a Vice Chairman or the Chairman; except that in cases involving $5,000 or less where there has been a hearing, the single Board member presiding at the hearing may, in his discretion, at the conclusion of the hearing and after entertaining such oral arguments as he deems appropriate, render on the record oral summary findings of fact, conclusions and decision of the appeal. In the latter instance, the Board will subsequently furnish the parties a typed copy of such oral decision for record and payment purposes and to establish the date from which the period for filing a motion for reconsideration under Rule 29


Except as herein modified, these rules otherwise apply in all respects.

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(a) The record upon which the Board's decision will be rendered consists of the appeal file described in Rule 4, and, to the extent the following items have been filed, pleadings, prehearing conference memoranda or orders, pre-hearing briefs, depositions or interrogatories received in evidence, admissions, stipulations, transcripts of conferences and hearings, hearing exhibits, post-hearing briefs, and documents which the Board has specifically designated be made a part of the record. The record will at all reasonable times be available for inspection by the parties at the office of the Board.

(b) Except as the Board may otherwise order in its discretion, no proof shall be received in evidence after completion of an oral hearing or, in cases submitted on the record, after notification by the Board that the case is ready for decision.

(c) The weight to be attached to any evidence of record will rest within the sound discretion of the Board. The Board may in any case require either party, with appropriate notice to the other party, to submit additional evidence on any matter relevant to the appeal.

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(a) General Policy and Protective Orders - The parties are encouraged to engage in voluntary discovery procedures. In connection with any deposition or other discovery procedure, the Board may make any order which justice requires to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden or expense, and those orders may include limitations on the scope, method, time and place for discovery, and provisions for protecting the secrecy of confidential information or documents.

(b) When Depositions Permitted

After an appeal has been docketed and complaint filed, the parties may mutually agree to, or the Board may, upon application of either party and for good cause shown, order the taking of testimony of any person by deposition upon oral examination or written interrogatories before any officer authorized to administer oaths at the place of examination, for use as evidence or for purpose of discovery. The application for order shall specify whether the purpose of the deposition is discovery or for use as evidence.

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