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August 28, 2023 - Department of Labor (DOL)

Missing SCA Clause Did Not Excuse Noncompliance or Allow for Full Equitable Adjustment

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In Innovative Technologies, Inc., ASBCA No. 6186, 62185, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA” or the “Board”) held that, despite the federal government’s failure to include or incorporate the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (“SCA”) FAR Clause 52.222-41 (the “SCA Clause”) in the contract, the contractor was required to comply with the SCA and not entitled to an equitable adjustment for all costs it incurred from a $1.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) for its noncompliance. This case serves as an important reminder for contractors to be vigilant in determining whether their services contracts are covered by the SCA, even if the agency fails to include or reference the SCA Clause. 

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