Resolving Claims on Federal Construction Contracts

February 2012Articles Construction Executive

Perhaps in a rush to put out RFPs and bid invitations in 2009, the federal government issued less than complete contract documents managed by overworked contracting officers with less experience than their predecessors. Maybe the subsurface conditions of the project differ materially from what was represented in the contract documents upon which the contractor based its estimate. Or, performance costs could be skyrocketing because of the need for more equipment and operators, leading to a slower rate of productivity and a delay to the critical path. Contractors often worry change order proposals could hurt their chances of completing a project on time, financially unharmed and with an excellent performance evaluation. Following are details on how to negotiate proposed contract changes without interfering with these goals.

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