SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ California Federal Bank will appeal a $23.3 million award to the savings and loan, calling the judgment ``flawed.'' The bank originally had sought more than $1.5 billion.

``The $23.3 million award falls far short of CalFed's actual damages,'' spokesman Walter G. Montgomery said Sunday in a statement.

Judge Robert H. Hodges Jr. of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday found the government breached its contract with CalFed.

The case stems from a 1996 Supreme Court decision that said the government broke its contract with thrift institutions when it changed the rules on how they must count their assets as part of an S&L bailout in 1989.

CalFed said last week's decision is ``flawed'' and agrees ``neither with applicable law nor with the extensive evidence and testimony presented at trial.''

San Francisco-based Golden State Bancorp is the publicly traded parent company of CalFed.