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.
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