What Every Contractor Should Know About Requests for Equitable Adjustment

Government contractors quickly learn to expect the unexpected. While working on a construction contract, a contractor may encounter undisclosed utility lines 15 feet underground. Or, an information technology support contractor may be asked to comply with heightened security requirements without being given a contract modification. These changes increase the cost of performance and can put a small business in a precarious position. In situations like this, many contractors file a request for equitable adjustment (“REA”), seeking additional compensation and/or time. Before preparing and submitting an REA, there are several important things of which contractors should be aware.

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