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The Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals (MSBCA or Board) is an independent agency within the executive branch of the State Government. The MSBCA has jurisdiction over appeals of final decisions issued by procurement officers relating to bid protests and contract disputes between the State and contractors and/or vendors doing business with the State. Bid protests involve the preparation and interpretation of bid specifications, qualification and selection of successful bidders or offerors, and matters relating to the bidding process.

Appeals relating to contract disputes involve issues arising out of the contractual relationship between the State and a contractor, such as quality of performance, compliance with contract provisions, compensation, claims and change orders, terminations, and any other matters that cannot be resolved between the State and the contractor. Board Decisions are subject to judicial review in the Circuit Courts of the State of Maryland. Final written Decisions of the Board are used as precedent by State agencies and the business community.