National Parks Service Contract--Payments to Subcontractors
B-303906: Dec 7, 2004
GAO no longer has claims settlement authority under 31 U.S.C. 3702. Authority to settle claims now lies with the executive branch agency out of whose activity the claims arose. Consequently, the Department of the Interior, not GAO, must decide whether to pay the claims of subcontractors under an equitable theory of quantum meruit. In that regard, Interior may find our past claims settlement decisions helpful.