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"//signed//" Doesn't Cut It

April 30, 2008

A claim certification was invalid, and the ASBCA had no jurisdiction to decide the case, when the contractor's president submitted it by email and simply typed "//signed//" above his name. The Board in Teknocraft Inc. (Apr. 3, 2008) acknowledged that both the contractor and the government had used the typed designation "//signed//" in their emails during performance, but held that "//signed//" was not a "discrete, verifiable symbol of an individual" and constituted an "incurable defect" in the certification.

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