Formed in 1980, the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, with expanded jurisdiction, replaced the Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals (Chapter 418, Acts of 1978; Chapter 775, Acts of 1980).

The Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals adjudicates disputes arising from State contracts and the bidding process, except those for procurement of architectural and engineering services. Contract formation disputes pertain to the qualification of bidders or offerers and the determination of the successful bidder or offerer. The Board also adjudicates disputes relating to a contract that has been entered into by the State, including disagreements about the performance, breach, modification, or termination of a contract. At the request of a party to a proceeding, the Board may subpoena witnesses and documents and may compel the testimony of witnesses. Decisions of the Board are subject to judicial review, and any aggrieved party, including a State agency, may appeal a final decision or any part thereof.

Published opinions of the Board are available at Board offices, circuit courts, and through the Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL).

With Senate advice and consent, the Governor appoints the Board's three members to five-year terms. The chair is named by the Governor (Code State Finance and Procurement Article, secs. 15-201 through 15-223).

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