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Getting Paid for Additional Work: Requests for Equitable Adjustments and Claims on Federal Government Contracts

1h 34m

Created on July 13, 2020





Federal government contracts are governed by a complex web of statutes and regulations. These laws control not only how a contractor may perform a contract, but how they can seek compensation for unanticipated costs and delays, and the manner in which they must deal with a dispute against the agency owner. Getting paid for issues that arise during performance requires a detailed understanding of the applicable laws and processes and, more specifically, a thorough understanding of the two critical tools for seeking compensation: REAs and Claims. 

In this program, experienced government contracting attorneys Maria Panichelli and Michael Richard will discuss how to use these tools, the differences between them, and when to use what. Attendees will get a primer on Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REAs), explaining how contractors can use REAs to seek an increase to the price or duration of their federal contracts. Next, the instructors will cover claims, with a specific focus on the differences between REAs and claims, and an explanation concerning when each strategy is more appropriate. Maria and Michael will also discuss the claims appeal and litigation process, as well as common government defenses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the difference between REAs and Claims
  2. Review the procedures involved in the dispute resolution process
  3. Discuss strategies to counter common government defenses 

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