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LOC Clause Applies To Each Delivery Order, Not Full Contract

July 30, 2004

In Analysas Corp. (May 12, 2004), the ASBCA held that, under an indefinite quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for services, the contract’s limitation of cost (“LOC”) clause (which required the contractor to give notice if its costs were expected to exceed 75% of the "estimated cost specified in the Schedule") allowed the government to deny payments to a contractor for costs it incurred in excess of the estimated cost for each delivery order, even though the contractor had not yet exceeded 75% of the maximum total labor hours specified "in the Schedule" for the full contract. The Board reasoned that the contract lacked the “critical provision” of a specific dollar figure "in the Schedule" for the total estimated contract cost, instead allowing for later addition of estimated costs for each delivery order that the government issued.

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