|(a) Applicability. A claim shall satisfy the requirements
in paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection.
(1) The claim is under a contract entered into and
administered by the department, acting in its own capacity or as an
agent of a local government, under one of the following statutes:
(A) Transportation Code, §22.018 (concerning the
designation of the department as agent in contracting and supervising
for aviation projects);
(B) Transportation Code, §391.091 (concerning
erection and maintenance of specific information logo, major area
shopping guide, and major agricultural interest signs);
(C) Transportation Code, Chapter 223 (concerning bids
and contracts for highway improvement projects), subject to the provisions
of subsection (c) of this section; or
(D) Government Code, Chapter 2254, Subchapters A and
B (concerning professional or consulting services).
(2) The claim is for compensation, or for a time extension,
or any other remedy.
(3) The claim is brought by a prime contractor.
(b) Pass-through claim; claim and counter claim.
(1) A prime contractor may make a claim on behalf of
a subcontractor only if the prime contractor is liable to the subcontractor
on the claim.
(2) Only a prime contractor may submit a claim to begin
a claim proceeding under this section. After a claim proceeding has
begun the department may make a counter claim.
(3) This section does not abrogate the department's
authority to file a claim in a court of competent jurisdiction. The
procedure for the department to file a claim in a court of competent
jurisdiction, including the deadline to file a claim, is set by other
(c) Claim concerning comprehensive development agreement
or certain design-build contracts. A claim under a comprehensive development
agreement (CDA) entered into under Transportation Code, Chapter 223,
Subchapter E, or under a design-build contract, as defined in §9.6
of this subchapter (relating to Contract Claim Procedure for Comprehensive
Development Agreements and Certain Design-Build Contracts), may be
processed under this section if the parties agree to do so in the
CDA or design-build contract, or if the CDA or design-build contract
does not specify otherwise. However, if the CDA or design-build contract
specifies that a claim procedure authorized by §9.6 of this subchapter
applies, then any claim arising under the CDA or design-build contract
shall be processed and resolved in accordance with the claim procedure
authorized by §9.6 of this subchapter and not by this section.
(d) Definitions. The following words and terms, when
used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise, except that when used in subsection
(c) of this section, the terms claim, comprehensive development agreement,
CDA, and design-build contract shall have the meanings given such
terms stated in §9.6 of this subchapter.
(1) Claim--A claim for compensation, for a time extension,
or for any other remedy arising from a dispute, disagreement, or controversy
concerning respective rights and obligations under the contract.
(2) Commission--The Texas Transportation Commission.
(3) Committee--The Contract Claim Committee.
(4) Department--The Texas Department of Transportation.
(5) Department office--The department district, division,
or office responsible for the administration of the contract.
(6) Department office director--The chief administrative
officer of the responsible department office; the officer shall be
a district engineer, division director, or office director.
(7) District--One of the 25 districts of the department.
(8) Executive director--The executive director of the
Texas Department of Transportation.
(9) Prime contractor--An individual, partnership, corporation,
or other business entity that is a party to a written contract with
the state of Texas which is entered into and administered by the department
under Transportation Code, §22.018, §391.091, Chapter 223,
or Government Code, Chapter 2254, Subchapters A and B.
(10) Project--The portion of a contract that can be
separated into a distinct facility or work unit from the other work
in the contract.
(e) Contract claim committee. The executive director
or the director’s designee shall name the members and chairman
of a committee or committees to serve at the executive director's
or designee’s pleasure. The chairman may add members to the
committee, including one or more district engineers who will be assigned
to the committee on a rotating basis, with a preference, if possible,
for district engineers of districts that do not have a current contractual
relationship with the prime contractor involved in a contract claim.
(f) Negotiated resolution. To every extent possible,
disputes between a prime contractor and the department's project engineer
should be resolved during the course of the contract.
(1) Exclusive procedure. Except as provided in subsection
(c) of this section, a prime contractor shall file a claim under the
procedure in this subsection. A claim filed by the prime contractor
must be considered first by the committee before the claim is considered
in a contested case hearing.
(2) Filing claim.
(A) The prime contractor shall file a claim after completion
of the contract or when required for orderly performance of the contract.
For a claim resulting from the enforcement of a warranty, a prime
contractor shall file the claim no later than one year after expiration
of the warranty period. For all other types of claims, a prime contractor
shall file the claim no later than one year after the earlier of the
date that the department sends to the contractor notice:
(i) that the contractor is in default;
(ii) that the department terminates the contract; or
(iii) notice of final acceptance of the project that
is the subject of the contract.
(B) To file a claim, a prime contractor shall file
a contract claim request and a detailed report that provides the basis
for the claim. The detailed report shall include relevant facts of
the claim, cost or other data supporting the claim, a description
of any additional compensation requested, and documents supporting
the claim. The prime contractor shall file the claim with the department's
construction division, the department engineer under whose administration
the contract was or is being performed, or the committee.
(C) A claim filed by a prime contractor shall include
a certification as follows: I certify that the claim is made in good
faith; that the supporting data are accurate and complete to the best
of my knowledge and belief; that the amount requested accurately reflects
the contract adjustment for which the contractor believes the department
is liable; and that I am duly authorized to certify the claim on behalf
of the contractor.
(D) A defective certification shall not deprive the
department of jurisdiction over the claim. Prior to the entry by the
department of a final decision on the claim the department shall require
a defective certification to be corrected.
(E) The construction division or department engineer
shall forward the contract claim request and detailed report to the
(F) The deadline for the department to file a counter
claim is 45 days before the committee holds an informal meeting under
paragraph (3) of this subsection.
(3) Evaluation of claim by the committee.
(A) The committee's responsibility is to gather information,
study the relevant issues, and meet informally with the prime contractor
if requested. The committee shall attempt to resolve the claim.
(B) The committee shall secure detailed reports and
recommendations from the responsible department office, and may confer
with any other department office deemed appropriate by the committee.
The committee shall give the prime contractor the opportunity to submit
a responsive report and recommendation concerning a counter claim
filed by the department.
(C) The committee shall afford the prime contractor
an opportunity for a meeting to informally discuss the disputed matters
and to provide the prime contractor an opportunity to present relevant
information and respond to information the committee has received
from the department office. Proceedings before the committee are an
attempt to mutually resolve a claim without litigation and are not
admissible for any purpose in a formal administrative hearing provided
in subparagraph (D)(ii) of this paragraph. All oral communications,
reports, or other written documentation prepared by department staff
in connection with the analysis of a claim are part of the attempt
to mutually resolve a claim without litigation, and are also not admissible
for any purpose in a formal administrative hearing provided in subparagraph
(D)(ii) of this paragraph.
(D) The committee chairman shall give written notice
of the committee's decision on the claim to the department and prime
contractor. The department and prime contractor are presumed to receive
the decision three days after it is sent by United States mail.
(i) If the prime contractor does not object to the
committee's decision, the prime contractor shall file a written statement
with the committee's chairman stating that the prime contractor does
not object. The prime contractor shall file the statement no later
than 20 days after receipt of the committee's decision. The chairman
shall then prepare a document showing the settlement of the claim
including, when required, payment to the prime contractor, and the
prime contractor's release of all claims under the contract. The prime
contractor shall sign it. The executive director may approve the settlement,
or may request the commission to approve the settlement by issuance
of an order. The executive director shall then implement the resolution
of the claim. If contemplated in the committee's decision, the executive
director shall expend funds as specified in the decision. If contemplated
in the committee's decision, the executive director shall order the
prime contractor to make payment to the department.
(ii) If the prime contractor objects to the committee's
decision the prime contractor shall file a petition with the executive
director no later than 20 days after receipt of the committee's decision
requesting an administrative hearing to litigate the claim under the
provisions of §§1.21 et seq. of this title (relating to
Procedures in Contested Cases).
(iii) If the prime contractor fails to file a written
petition under clause (ii) of this subparagraph within 20 days of
receipt of the committee's decision, the prime contractor waives his
right to a contested case hearing. All further litigation of claims
on the project or contract by the prime contractor shall be barred
by the doctrines of issue and claim preclusion. The chairman shall
then prepare an order implementing the resolution of the claim under
the committee's decision, and stating that further litigation on the
claim is prohibited. The executive director shall then issue the order
and implement the resolution of the claim. If contemplated in the
committee's decision, the executive director shall expend funds as
specified in the decision. If contemplated in the committee's decision,
the executive director shall order the prime contractor to make payment
to the department.
(4) Decision after contested case hearing. This paragraph
applies if a contested case hearing has been held on a claim. The
administrative law judge's proposal for decision shall be submitted
to the executive director for adoption. The executive director may
change a finding of fact or conclusion of law made by the administrative
law judge or may vacate or modify an order issued by the administrative
law judge. The executive director shall provide a written statement
containing the reason and legal basis for any change.
(5) This section does not abrogate the department's
authority to enforce in a court of competent jurisdiction a final
department order issued under the section.
(h) Claim forfeiture. A claim against the department
shall be forfeited to the department by any person who corruptly practices
or attempts to practice any fraud against the department in the proof,
statement, establishment, or allowance thereof. In such cases the
department shall specifically find such fraud or attempt and render
judgment of forfeiture. This subsection applies only if there is clear
and convincing evidence that a person knowingly presented a false
claim for the purpose of getting paid for the claim.
(i) Relation of contract claim proceeding and sanction
(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of
this subsection, the processing of a contract claim under this section
is a separate proceeding.
(2) If a contested issue arises that is relevant both
to a contract claim proceeding and a sanction proceeding concerning
the same contract, the issue shall be resolved in the proceeding that
the executive director refers first for a contested case hearing under
Chapter 1, Subchapter E of this title (relating to Procedures in Contested
Cases). If the issue is decided in the first proceeding that decision
shall apply to and be binding in all subsequent department proceedings.
(3) This paragraph applies to a contract under which
the parties agreed to submit questions which may arise to the decision
of a department engineer. If a dispute under the contract leads to
a contract claim proceeding or sanction proceeding, the engineer's
decision shall be upheld unless it was based on fraud, misconduct,
or such gross mistake as would imply bad faith or failure to exercise
an honest judgment.