The Court of Federal Claims has exclusive jurisdiction over various disputes against the U.S. government in excess of $10,000 and unlike the GAO has no set timeline in which to rule.
A legal challenge after the GAO's finding is "within the realm of possibility," said Loren Thompson, an analyst at Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Virginia-based public policy group focused mainly on defense-industry issues.At Tanker War Blog we think it is a bit premature to talk about new court cases when we still do not have the GAO or WTO rulings. But either way, as we said before we think the Air Force tanker contract war will not be over by Christmas.
"Boeing is absolutely convinced it has been wronged, and Northrop is absolutely convinced it had the best proposal," Thompson said. "That is a prescription for a process that just keeps going and going. Considering the stakes involved in awarding the next-generation tanker, I don't see Boeing giving up any time soon."