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TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS

Subtitle FOther Matters

P. L. 112-81

House Conference Report 112-329

SEC. 861. CLARIFICATION OF JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTS TO HEAR BID PROTEST DISPUTES INVOLVING MARITIME CONTRACTS.

    (a) Exclusive Jurisdiction- Section 1491(b) of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

      `(6) Jurisdiction over any action described in paragraph (1) arising out of a maritime contract, or a solicitation for a proposed maritime contract, shall be governed by this section and shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of the district courts of the United States under the Suits in Admiralty Act (chapter 309 of title 46) or the Public Vessels Act (chapter 311 of title 46).'.

    (b) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to any cause of action filed on or after the first day of the first month beginning more than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Clarification of jurisdiction of the United States district courts to hear bid protest disputes involving maritime contracts (sec. 861)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 843) that would ensure that the jurisdiction of the United States district courts to hear bid protest disputes involving maritime contracts is consistent with jurisdiction over other types of bid protests under federal law.

The Senate amendment contained no similar provision.

The Senate recedes.

House Report 112-078

SECTION 843--CLARIFICATION OF JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTS TO HEAR BID PROTEST DISPUTES INVOLVING MARITIME CONTRACTS

This section would amend section 1491(b) of title 28, United States Code, by establishing the U. S. Court of Federal Claims as the exclusive Federal court forum for bid protests.

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