Costs of a Pandemic: Lessons for COVID-19 from a CBCA Decision on Epidemic-Related Costs

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Vinson & Elkins – The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting government contractors now, so it will take time for COVID-19 related contract claims to be prepared, submitted, and adjudicated. But contractors need not go through the contract claim process blind, as guidance on how pandemic-related contract claims will be addressed already exists. This alert discusses a recent decision of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) addressing a contractor’s costs of responding to an Ebola virus outbreak that can be analogized to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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