Government Contract Disputes Act

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.
To challenge 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 appellate authority.
The final appellate authority is the Supreme Court of the United States.

U.S. Code - Title 41 - Subtitle III - Section 7101 thru 7109
Formerly 41 U.S.C. §§ 601-613.
The 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 decisions

§ 7108 - Payment of claims

§ 7109 - Interest

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