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    Question 1: If the contractor does not request a decision within 60 days, am I bound to provide a decision within 60 days? Question 2: For which periods would interest accrue?


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    Q1 - As stated in the case FAR 33.211(c)(1) clearly states that if contractor does not make the decision requeststarting the 60 day clock, then the decision needs to be issued within a "reasonable" time, so in the case provided, the contracting officer can determine what is a "reasonable" time.
     
    Q2:  The date for when Interest starts to accumulate for payment is not tied to when the contracting officer needs to make a decision.  The drive for the contracting officer  to make a decision is geared toward appeal rights, establishing a final amount if the parties do not occur as well as to keep the process moving since there is a six year timeframe per
    FAR 32.206FAR 33.208(a)(1) would apply as it applies to all claims both over and under $100,000.  The date of the contracting officer's decision is not relevant to interest accumulation.  See FAR 52.232-17 Interest for further information.
     
     

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