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The CDA Requirement to Give Notice of the Amount of a Claim

Contractors with claims against their government customers sometimes feel stymied by the requirement in the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) that a claim state a “sum certain.” A contractor may know that it has a valid claim but may be unable to state the precise amount of that claim because the work is not yet done […]

The ASBCA and the Case of the Missing Contract

In most disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”), there is a basic assumption that no one ever thinks about — the existence of a contract. And why would you think about it? After all, it’s hard to imagine a Board of Contract Appeals without the Contract. That’s like Whole Foods without […]

The ASBCA and the Case of the Missing Contract

In most disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”), there is a basic assumption that no one ever thinks about — the existence of a contract. And why would you think about it? After all, it’s hard to imagine a Board of Contract Appeals without the Contract. That’s like Whole Foods without […]

SCOTUS: No Quid Pro Quo Where Gov. Official Merely Arranged the Meeting, the Menu, the Venue, the Seating

The hit Broadway musical Hamilton depicts a backroom dinner meeting between then Congressman James Madison (Virginia) and the titular Secretary of Treasury, during which Madison proposes a “quid pro quo”: Hamilton will convince President George Washington to move the nation’s capital to the Potomac in exchange for Madison providing the congressional votes needed to pass […]