You just won your first Federal Government contract. What now? You know
what you need to do as a businessperson, but what about all the regulatory
requirements under the Federal Acquisition Regulation? Do you have the
time, energy, and resources to manage it and stay in compliance? The Federal
Practice Group is prepared to assist you early on and to spot issues that
may be lurking on the horizon.
First unlike any other contract, Government contracts are a little different.
The Government may unilaterally change its scope of work, terminate your
contract for convenience, and inspect and test your goods and services,
Second, read the entire contract very carefully. The Government contract
will make a lot of references to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which
are not spelled out in the contract.
The Government may change the scope of work so long it is within the general
scope of the contract. If the Contracting Officer contacts you about changing
the scope of work, make sure it is still within the general scope of the
contract. Also your profit margin may change so you may be entitled to
an equitable adjustment in price (EPA) and delivery schedule. The Federal
Practice Group is prepared to assist you in filing a comprehensive EPA.
The Government has an obligation to make timely payments to you for the
goods or services delivered. Under the Prompt Payment Act, the Government
has to pay late interest if it misses timely payments of over 30 days
or more. If the Government continues to delay payments, you may have to
file a claim with the Contracting Officer. The Federal Practice Group
is ready to assist you in filing claims with the Contracting Officer,
and if you receive no response, appeals with the
Armed Forces Board for Contract Appeals.
The Government does not have to accept defective goods that fail its testing
or inspection. Failure to deliver proper goods may result in contract
termination for convenience or default. The Federal Practice Group is
prepared to assist you in ensuring the Government conducts proper inspections
and testing. Also, if you receive notice of the upcoming contract termination,
The Federal Practice Group will investigate the facts to provide a comprehensive
legal advice regarding your options.
The FAR places many other requirements as well, including Service Contract
Act, and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, among others. Call
to schedule a free consultation to determine your needs and address different
choices you may have (202-600-8111).
This information is not legal advice. It is intended for general public
only. If you have specific legal questions, contract an attorney.