The Contract Disputes Act of 1978 (CDA) ensures uniform procedures for
negotiating and litigating Government contract disputes.
The litigation process under the CDA is transparent and definitive,
ensuring fairness and predictability.
The Government and the contractor
are encouraged to negotiate claims and other
disputes in good faith at the lowest possible level.
The procedural path of a claim pursuant to the CDA starts
with the Contracting Officer, who issues a Contracting
Officer’s Final Decision, which is a decision on the merits.
that decision, the contractor must appeal to the
Board of Contract Appeals or to the United
States Court of Federal Claims.
Decisions by either initial forum
must be appealed to the United
States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the intermediate
The final appellate authority is the Supreme
Court of the United States.
U.S. Code -
Title 41 -
III - Section 7101 thru 7109
Formerly 41 U.S.C. §§ 601-613.
President’s signature on Public
Law No. 111-350, 124 Stat. 367 (Jan. 4, 2011) [pdf]
had the effect
of renumbering the entirety of Title 41 and giving new section numbers to
many of the most important government contract laws.
§ 7101 - Definitions
§ 7102 - Applicability of chapter
§ 7103 - Decision by contracting officer
§ 7104 - Contractor’s right of appeal from
decision by contracting officer
§ 7105 - Agency boards
§ 7106 - Agency board procedures for accelerated
and small claims
§ 7107 - Judicial review of agency board
§ 7108 - Payment of claims
§ 7109 - Interest
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