Helping Federal Government Contractors in All States to Maximize Termination for Convenience Damages. 

Watson & Associates LLC Termination for Convenience Clause LawyersAlthough the federal government has a unilateral right to issue a contract termination by convenience notice (T4C), sometimes the agency’s rationale for canceling the contract could be unlawful. Many contractors often are not familiar with the types of damages and FAR clauses allowed under the T4C Clause.

This can lead to forfeit if the settlement proposal does not adequately reflect allowable damages. Other disputes involve liquidated damages claimed by the government.

Termination for the convenience of the government is an important contract provision that contractors must pay attention to. The Clause allows the Government to terminate in part or the entire contract at any time and for any valid reason.

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You have 90 days from the date of the CO’s denial to file an appeal to the Agency Board.

With law offices in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, the government contract lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC help small and large businesses to diligently identify statutory entitlements and to maximize their claims under the contract termination clause. See  FAR 52.249-2.

Contract Termination for Convenience Attorney Services

Utilizing our 30 years of experience of actually working for federal contracting agencies, and litigating disputes under the Contract Termination Clause, we are in a unique position to help clients to maximize settlement proposal claims.  We help with:

  • T4C settlement proposal preparation
  • Legal advice when the contracting officer issues notice of termination of contract
  • Assessment of claims damages
  • Termination damages
  • Settlement claim preparation
  • Termination of contract negotiations
  • Termination for convenience settlement proposal assistance
  • Liquidated damages and contract disputes
  • Litigation and appeals

Clients:  Our attorneys and contract termination claims consultants work with small businesses and large DOD contractors across the country from various industry groups including construction, Information Technology (IT), Aerospace and defense, professional services, manufacturers, medical services, engineering, and other service contractors. 

Maximize termination for convenience compensation under the FAR clauses (Nationwide Help) Our federal contract termination attorneys also help clients to make sure that they mitigate damages by following the requirements of the contracting officer’s termination for the convenience of the government. Failure to mitigate damages can be a costly mistake if litigation arises.

We also help government contractors to prepare sound termination by convenience settlement proposal agreements, liquidated damages, provide statutory interpretation of the contract Termination Clause, and offer aggressive litigation and appeals of agency T4C decisions.

Liquidated Damages: As a general proposition, the contracting agency’s assessment of liquidated damages as termination for convenience compensation is a government claim against a contractor, Sun Eagle Corp. v.United States, 23 Cl. Ct. 465, 480 (1991). The government’s claims for liquidated damages can be directly appealed to the Court of Federal Claims, Garrett v. Gen. Elec. Co., 987 F.2d 747, 749 (Fed. Cir. 1993).

A claim for liquidated damages is the quintessential government claim.  However, when a contractor challenges a liquidated damages assessment by making claim in a claim letter for the amount withheld, the contractor also is
making a contractor claim.

How Can the Federal Government’s Terminate for Convenience? The agency retains its right to issues a termination for convenience of the government via the expressed terms of the contract and FAR clauses. The T4C contract clause is usually incorporated into the contract terms and conditions. However, if not included, courts will generally include them. The language in the contract may read:

[t]he Government may terminate performance of work under [the] contract in whole or, from time to time, in part if the Contracting Officer determines that a termination is in the Government’s interest.

When Can the Government Terminate a Contract for Convenience? FAR 52.249 termination of contract clause states that the agency can terminate the contract for convenience when it is in the “Government’s interest.” FAR 52.249 has no expressed definition of what is the government’s interest. Federal courts recognize certain instances where the agency has a valid interest. Reasons for termination for convenience include:

  • The government no longer needs the contracted supplies or services
  • The contractor refuses to accept a contract modification
  • There are questions about the propriety of the award, or about continued performance of the contract
  • The contracted firm is not eligible for award (bid protest)
  • Deteriorated business relationships between the contractors and the government
  • The government restructures its arrangements to perform the work in-house.
  • The contracted work seems to be too costly or impossible
  • Lack of funds
  • Mission changes

What is a Constructive Contract Termination? When the contracting officer decides to issue a notice of termination of contract, how you respond it essential to your ability to collect proposal settlement damages. However, not all agencies meet this requirement.The FAR and some of the standard  termination of contract clauses used in government contracts require the government to give the contractor written notice of its intent to terminate

There may be situations when the government’s actions are questionable and the contractor somehow is forced to stop work with a contract dispute. Constructive terminations in government contract law is a doctrine that allows what would be a typical breach of contract by the government to be justified by the court.

Nationwide help: Our Government Contracts Law Firm provides legal counsel about termination for convenience of the government to federal contractors throughout the United States and overseas including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. Call our federal contract termination attorneys today for immediate help.

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If you are trying to maximize your T4C government contract claims under FAR 52.249-2, contract Termination for Convenience Clause or you do not quite understand your notification language, call our government contracts law attorneys at 1-866-601-5518 for a FREE Initial Consultation.