Contract Interpretation

CPARS Evaluations: Are You Stuck with What You Get?Part 42.15 of the FAR entitles federal contractors to submit comments and receive agency review of an unfavorable performance evaluation in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). If the contractor’s rebuttal is unsuccessful, the contractor may challenge the CPARS rating by submitting a claim to the contracting officer (CO) under the Contract Disputes Act.

To Reserve or Not to Reserve? Maintaining Claims against the GovernmentContractors do not have to waive future claim rights when negotiating the direct cost of a change order (modification) with the government, despite banter by the contracting officer that reservation of claims is not permitted. More often than not, the contracting officer will inform the contractor that it is necessary to incorporate the following language

Federal Court Rules Contractor Is Not Intended Third-Party Beneficiary under Owner-Engineer AgreementIn March, a Massachusetts federal court addressed whether a design-builder contractor could recover for breach of contract under an intended third-party beneficiary theory against a design firm hired by the project owner to complete 30% designs. In Arco Ingenieros, S.A. DE C.V. v. CDM International Inc., a Salvadoran contractor entered into a design-build agreement