U.S. Government Printing Office Office of the General Counsel Contract Appeals Board Appeal of Kaufman DeDell Printing, Inc. April 13, 1976 Vincent T. McCarthy, Chairman Jay E. Eisen, Member Robert M. Diamond, Member Panel 76-4 Mrs. Mary H. DeDell, President Kaufman DeDell Printing, Inc. 812 North State Street P.O. Box 186 Syracuse, New York 13208 This is to acknowledge receipt on March 15, 1976, of your undated letter in reference to Jacket No. 529-346. Your letter indicates that you are appealing the decision of the contracting officer on said Jacket No. 529-346, pursuant to the provisions of Article 29, United States Government Printing Office, Contract Terms No. 1, which is incorporated by reference as an integral part of the contract. Article 29, the "disputes article" of the contract, provides in pertinent part, the following: " . . . any dispute concerning a question of fact arising under this contract which is not disposed of by agreement shall be decided by the Contracting Officer, who shall reduce his decision to writing and mail or otherwise furnish, a copy thereof to the Contractor. The decision of the Contracting Officer shall be final and conclusive unless, within 30 days from the date of receipt of such copy, the Contractor mails or otherwise furnishes to the Contracting Officer a written appeal addressed to the Public Printer." The records of the Contracting Officer disclose that your request for the assessment of liquidated damages because of late delivery was resolved by a decision of the Contracting Officer and that you were notified of the decision by letter dated April 23, 1975, which denied the relief sought. Your Notice of Appeal, received at the Government Printing Office on March 15, 1976, is patently untimely. A contracting officer's determination is considered final and conclusive unless an appeal is lodged within 30 days from the date of receipt of his decision, as set out in the disputes clause. In view of the foregoing, your appeal in the above styled contract is dismissed.