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For 95 percent of the companies doing business with the government, things run quite smoothly, contracts are successfully completed, and any issues or problems that do arise are resolved by the contracting officer to everyone's satisfaction. However, for the rare few, problems and issues arise that can't be resolved and require more formal action--all the way from contract termination to simple protests and disputes to court action.
It is these instances that we want to address here. Let's look at what recourses are available to the contracting parties (you and the government), and the procedures and requirements that must be followed when things go wrong.