Chief Judge Susan G. Braden

Message from the Chief Judge:

This morning the sun was shining (for a change) and birds were singing in my backyard, so spring can't be far away.  The Report from the Court is also sunny!

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, the court's general jurisdiction case load continued to increase--so that, by the end of the year, it will likely reach or exceed 1,200. Bid protests also likely will reach or exceed 200.  That means the court's docket will reach a twelve year peak this fiscal year. Consequently, I have requested that our six Senior Judges assume a 100% assignment from both the general jurisdiction and bid protest wheels and ALL accepted.  This will enable the court to maintain a current docket, i.e., a decision is issued within 90 days, after the last written brief or filing is made.  As the first quarter case dispositions and number of published decisions also show, the court is on track to close over 1,000 cases this year and issue in excess of 650 precedential decisions...in addition to hundreds of routine non-precedential orders and rulings. In short, the court is busy, productive, and current!

In January, the RAND REPORT was issued to the Department of Defense and the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.  I am pleased to report that the court's work in adjudicating bid protests in a timely manner was validated.  In addition, the court has adopted several suggestions made in how we capture data about bid protests in the future.  The court also is in the process of considering changes to how we handle the very small number of DOD bid protests that concern contracts of less than $1 million.  As a result, the 809 Commission issued their first report a few weeks ago, but elected not to pursue their prior misconception about the need to "reform" the bid protest jurisdiction of the court and the GAO.

The court is busy on other fronts as well.  The Annual CFC Bar Association Conference will be held in Washington D.C. in late May.  More news about that next month.  Judge Horn made a presentation about mediation at the Georgetown School of Law Saudi Arabia & Middle East Legal Forum last week, following up on the Saudi Deputy Minister of Justice's visit to the court last summer.  In addition, Judges Horn, Griggsby, and Coster-Williams will be making presentations about the court's government contract and bid protest jurisdiction at the upcoming Spring Meeting of the ABA Public Contract Section’s March meeting in Annapolis.  Judge Wheeler and I will be participating in the ABA's Bid Protest Committee February 20th meeting to discuss the RAND REPORT and the court's response in more detail.  And, I will be moderating a panel with Paul Clement from Kirkland Ellis, Mark Perry from Gibson Dunn, and David Kappos from Cravath at the February 22 meeting of the Giles Rich Inn of Court about recent Supreme Court decisions in the patent and intellectual property.  We hope to see you at one or more of these events.

Susan


United States Court of Federal Claims Statistics

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*Fiscal Year 2017 contains two sealed decisions that will be officially published on the Court’s website in early Fiscal Year 2018. Please visit the Court’s website at http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/ to view all published decisions.

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