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Two Days To Remember



The government has plenty of rules involving time. In certain circumstances, an offeror has 10 days to submit a protest. On the other end of the process, contractors have so much time to submit a claim or to respond to a contracting officer's final decision. Here is one case involving time limits:

On April 26, 2012, EPSI submitted a certified claim to the SBA contracting officer seeking $135,013.27 from the SBA for increases in the minimum wages during EPSI's period of performance from October 1, 2007, through April 19, 2009. The contracting officer issued a final decision denying the claim on July 5, 2012. There is no dispute in the record that EPSI received the final decision on July 5, 2012. EPSI filed its notice of appeal by fax with the Board on October 5, 2012 (a Friday), which is ninety-two days after receipt of the final decision. On October 19, 2012, the respondent filed a motion to dismiss, arguing the notice of appeal was untimely. In response to a show cause order, EPSI responded to the motion, arguing that the notice of appeal should be considered timely in light of the extent of the activity and delays by SBA for three (3) years after performance of the contract and the existence of reasonable excuses for the one (1) day delay.

See what the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals had to say about this.


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