Know Your Rights Under the Contract Disputes Act

February 26, 2016

Government Cannot Make Contractors Jump through Hoops for a Final Decision

Source: Fox Rothschild LLP, The Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog, Sean Milani-Nia, February 23, 2016

After filing a claim under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), the contracting officer may notify you that a final decision will be issued within “X” days after certain pre-conditions are met, such as:

  • Providing additional documentation supporting your claims or damages;
  • Attending a meeting to discuss your claims; or
  • Answering certain question allegedly required for the government’s review of your claim.

Are you required to cooperate?  For claims over $100,000, the CDA requires a contracting officer, within 60 calendar days, to either issue a final decision or notify the contractor of the date by which a final decision will be issued.  The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) recently held that a conditional final decision date, as described above, does not comply with this CDA requirement.  Thus, in such instances, a contractor may file an Appeal on a deemed denial basis without waiting for a final decision.   Read More …

Contact your nearest PTAC if you have any questions about the Contract Disputes Act.


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