The Administrator of General Services has appointed Jonathan D. Zischkau to serve as a judge on the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Judge Zischkau is a highly experienced practitioner of public contract law. He has represented both agencies and contractors in this field. He is currently an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of the Navy, assigned to the Naval Sea Systems Command. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the government contracts group with the law firm Crowell & Moring. Judge Zischkau also has considerable experience on the judicial side of government contract disputes. He served with great distinction for seventeen years as a judge on the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board, where he was chairman (chief judge) for the last eight of those years. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Phillip B. Baldwin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Zischkau is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals is pleased to welcome Judge Zischkau as a colleague. The judge will begin his service on December 5, 2011.
After 39 years of distinguished service to the American people and the United States Government, the Board recently said a fond farewell to Judge Beryl S. Gilmore upon the occasion of her retirement. Judge Gilmore graduated with a B.A. from Hampton University in 1967 and soon followed with a J.D. from North Carolina Central University in 1970. She began her long and eminent service with the Federal Government in 1972, starting as a trial attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was appointed to the Department of the Interior Board of Contract Appeals in 1978. Judge Gilmore was appointed to the Department of Energy Board of Contract Appeals in 1979 and became its Vice Chair 1998. She subsequently served as the DOE Board's Acting Chair from 2001 until 2007. Judge Gilmore joined the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals upon its creation in 2007 and served with the CBCA until her retirement in 2011. The Board thanks Judge Gilmore for her outstanding service and friendship and wishes her all the best.
On August 17, 2011, the CBCA published in the Federal Register a Final Rule amending the Board's Rules of Procedure to provide for e-mail filing of certain documents in proceedings before the Board. This method of filing will provide parties with a fast, efficient, and low-cost way to submit documents. Electronically filed documents will be docketed as received only during Board working hours; however, they may be transmitted at any time from any location with Internet access. This change does not affect any of the other methods for filing documents before the Board that are currently available, including the delivery of documents in person, by courier or United States Postal Service, or by facsimile transmission. The Final Rule may be found at 76 Fed. Reg. 50,926 (Aug. 17, 2011).
The CBCA will now accept filings (excluding Rule 4 Appeal Files) in PDF format submitted to the Board via e-mail. These filings may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Filings received during regular business hours will be considered filed on the day received; those received after hours will be considered filed on the next business day. For more information see Electronic (E-mail) Filing or contact the Clerk of the Board at (202) 606-8800.
J. Gregory Parks has been appointed as the new Chief Counsel of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Mr. Parks succeeds Margaret Pfunder, who served as Chief Counsel from 2002 until her retirement in 2010. Mr. Parks comes to the CBCA from the General Services Administration, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, where he was Director of Legislation. Prior to his service at GSA, Mr. Parks served in a number of legal and management positions with the Federal Government including Chief of Regulatory Development with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Associate Counsel to the White House Transition Planning Office for the standup of the Department of Homeland Security, and senior attorney positions with the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Parks is a graduate of the American University, Washington College of Law and the University of Nebraska.