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Management Concepts

Contract Claims

Next dates

Aug 12—16
5 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1169
USD 233 per day
Oct 28—Nov 1
5 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1169
USD 233 per day




Contracting and program personnel must understand the legal and practical implications of government contract claims. By examining case studies, you will gain an understanding of the different elements of a claim, and best practices for how to avoid claims.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what constitutes a claim
  • Discuss the rules for preparing a claim
  • Respond to the filing of a claim

Course Topics

The Claims Framework

  • Claims Definition
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Judicial and Administrative Forums
  • Performance Claims Today
  • Other Compliant Forums
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

The Contract Disputes Statute

  • Overview
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Sources of Claims

  • Recognizing a Claim in the Making
  • The Allegation
  • Breach Claims
  • Remedy Clauses
  • Damages
  • Informal Resolution
  • Changes
  • Other Clauses
  • Duty to Disclose Superior Knowledge
  • The Duty to Cooperate/Not Hinder
  • Impossibility of Performance
  • Labor Laws
  • Government Remedies — Termination for Default or Cause
  • Reprocurement
  • Terminations for Convenience
  • Basis for Settlement
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Equitable Adjustments

  • A Sample Claim Outline
  • Remedies and Scope of Relief for the Equitable Adjustment Claim
  • Cost Principles
  • Equitable Adjustments
  • The Burden of Proof
  • Summary
  • Exercises

Cost Elements of a Claim

  • The Different Cost Elements
  • Summary
  • Exercises and Case Studies

Preparation of Claims

  • Contract Review
  • Review of Requirements
  • History of the Procurement
  • Other Analyses
  • Access to Information Before Litigation
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Choosing a Forum
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Contract Disputes Statute
  • Use of ADR on Appeal
  • Summary

Proceedings before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

  • Presentation of the Claim
  • The Appeal
  • Accelerated and Expedited Appeals
  • Pretrial Procedures
  • Prehearing Motions
  • Prehearing Conferences
  • Hearings
  • Posthearing Briefs
  • The Decision
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

The United States Court of Federal Claims

  • Initiation of a Case
  • Pretrial Procedures
  • Trials
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

The Equal Access to Justice Act

  • Coverage
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Extraordinary Contractual Actions

  • Overview
  • Specific Limitations on Authority
  • Specific Authorities Under the Act
  • Special Procedures for Unusually Hazardous or Nuclear Risks
  • Summary
  • Case Study

Government Remedies for False Claims

  • False Claims Act
  • False Statements Act
  • The Contract Disputes Statute
  • Forfeiture of Fraudulent Claims (28 USC 2514)
  • The Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Statute
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Suggestions on Claims Avoidance

  • Package Review
  • Duty to Seek Clarification
  • Prebid/Preproposal Conferences
  • Postaward Meetings
  • Communications
  • Summary

Who should attend

This course is designed for personnel involved in the management of government contracts. Those involved in management of construction contracts may want to consider Construction Claims.

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