Projects funded by the Federal Government are subject to a variety of laws, regulations and practices. Smith, Currie & Handcock's Federal Government Construction Contracts shows how to meet these special requirements. Written by the same author team as the bestselling guide to state and local construction law, Common Sense Construction Law, this book is written in plain English, includes numerous checklists and points to remember summarizing key issues, and walks the reader through actual Federal contracts, highlighting unique clauses, and places where various government agencies use different language.
Chapter 1: Federal Government Contracts and Commercial Contracts: A Brief Comparison.
I. Government Construction Contracting Process - An Overview.
II. Relationship of Commercial and Government Contract Law.
III. Sources of Federal Laws Affecting Government Construction Contracts.
IV. Procurement Integrity and Standards of Conduct.
Chapter 2: Authority to Bind the Government, Contract Financing, and Payment.
I. Authority of Government Employees or Agents.
II. Availability of Funding.
III. Contract Payment Procedures.
IV. Government Setoff/Debt Collection Rights.
Chapter 3: Contract Formation.
I. Basic Principles of Contract Formation.
II. The Government Procurement Process.
III. Competing for the Award.
IV. Bid Guarantees (Bonds).
V. Responsive Bids and Proposals.
VI. The Evaluation Process.
VII. Late Bids and Proposals.
VIII. Relief for Contractor Bid/Proposal Mistakes.
Chapter 4: Contract Types.
II. Organization of a Typical Construction Contract.
III. Project Delivery Categories.
IV. Indefinite Delivery Contracts.
V. Pricing Categories.
VII. Project Delivery & Contract Type Risk Analysis.
VIII. Building Information Modeling.
Chapter 5: Socioeconomic Policies.
II. Small Business Contracting Programs.
III. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs.
IV. Buy American Act.
V. Labor Standards.
VI. Environmental Laws.
VII. Employee Safety and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Chapter 6: Government Contract Interpretation.
I. Importance of Contract Interpretation.
II. Goal of Contract Interpretation.
III. Circumstances Surrounding Contract Interpretation.
IV. Resolving Ambiguities.
V. Allocation of Risks and Obligations.
VI. Standard FAR Clauses Affecting Allocation of Risks and Contract.
VII. Interpretation of Subcontracts under Federal Contracts.
Chapter 7: Differing Site Conditions.
I. Historical Overview.
II. Federal Government Contract Clause.
III. Recovery for a Type I Changed Condition.
IV. Recovery for a Type II Changed Condition.
VI. Factors Affecting Recovery.
Chapter 8: Contract Changes.
I. Purpose of the Changes Clause.
II. FAR Changes Clause.
III. Authority to Issue Changes.
IV. Express Changes: Bilateral and Unilateral.
V. Constructive Changes.
VI. Cardinal Changes.
VII. Value Engineering Changes.
VIII. Prerequisites to Recovery.
Chapter 9: Delays, Suspension, and Acceleration.
I. Types of Delay: Basic Principles.
II. Causes of Excusable Delay.
III. Causes of Compensable Delay.
IV. Scheduling and Delays.
VI. Concurrent Delay.
VII. Suspension of Work.
VIII. Time Extensions.
IX. Relationship of Delay Remedies under the Suspension of Work and Changes Clauses.
Chapter 10: Inspection, Acceptance, Commissioning, and Warranties.
I. FAR Clauses Affecting Inspection and Acceptance.
II. Contractor Quality Control Systems.
III. Strict Compliance versus Substantial Compliance.
IV. Government?s Right to Inspect.
V. Limits on Government?s Inspection Rights.
VI. Cost of Inspection.
VIII. Project Commissioning.
Chapter 11: Contract Terminations.
II. Terminations for Default.
III. Government Damages.
IV. Terminations for Convenience.
V. Constructive Terminations.
VI. Termination Settlements.
Chapter 12: Payment and Performance Bonds.
II. Miller Act Payment Bonds.
III. Miller Act Performance Bonds.
Chapter 13: Equitable Adjustments and Costs.
II. Equitable Adjustment Theory.
III. Methods of Pricing Equitable Adjustments and Claims.
IV. Cost and Pricing Data.
Chapter 14: Project Documentation Techniques.
I. Documentation Generally.
II. Notice Obligations in Government Contracts.
III. Notice to Representatives/Agents of Contracting Officer.
IV. Written versus Alternative Forms of Notice.
V. Failure to Give Notice--Consequences.
VI. Coordinating Notice Requirements in Subcontracts and Purchase.
VII. Documentation Recommendations.
VIII. Documenting with Project Management Software.
Chapter 15: Contract Claims and Disputes.
II. The Contract Disputes Act.
III. Contractor Claims Under the CDA.
IV. Subcontractors and the CDA Claims Process.
V. Government Claims.
VI. Contracting Officer’s Decision.
VII. Contract Disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
VIII. Recovery of Attorneys? Fees in Government Contract Claims.
Chapter 16: Federal Grants Funding Construction Contracts.
II. Role of Federal Agencies in Grant-Funded Contracting.
III. Administration and Interpretation of Grant-Funded Contracts.
Chapter 17: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Government Construction Projects.
II. Registration and Reporting Requirements.
III. Buy American Requirements.
IV. Accountability and Ethics.
V. Wage-Rate Requirements.