If the con tractor re fuses or fails to prosecute the work, or any separable part thereof, with such diligence as will insure its completion within the time specified in this contract, or any extension thereof, or fails to complete said work within such time, the government may, by written notice to the contractor, terminate his right to proceed with the work or such part of the work as to which there has been delay. In such event the government may take over the work and prosecute the same to completion, by contract or otherwise, and may take possession of and utilize in completing the work such materials, appliances, and plant as may be on the site of the work and necessary therefor. Whether or not the contractor's right to proceed with the work is terminated, he and his sureties shall be liable for any damage to the government resulting from his refusal or failure to complete the work within the specified time.
If the government so terminates the contractor's right to proceed, the resulting damage will consist of the fixed and agreed liquidated damages if stipulated elsewhere in this contract until such reasonable time as may be required for final completion of the work together with any increased costs occasioned the government in completing the work.
If the government does not so terminate the contractor's right to proceed, the resulting damage will consist of the fixed and agreed liquidated damages if stipulated elsewhere in this contract until the work is completed or accepted.
The contractor's right to proceed shall not be so terminated nor the contractor charged with resulting damage if:
(1) The delay in the completion of the work arises from causes other than normal weather
beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of the contractor, including but not restricted to, acts of God, acts of the public enemy, acts of the government in either its sovereign or contractual capacity, acts of another contractor to the government in the performance of a contract with the government, fires, floods, epidemics, quarantine restrictions, strikes, freight embargoes, unusually severe weather for American Samoa taking into consideration that approximately 200 inches of rainfall annually is normal, or delays of subcontractors or suppliers arising from causes other than normal weather beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of both the contractor and such subcontractors or suppliers;
(2) The contractor, within 10 days from the beginning of any such delay notifies the contracting officer in writing of the cause of delay.
The contracting officer shall ascertain the facts and the extent of the delay and extend the time for completing the work when, in his judgment, the findings of fact justify such an extension, and his findings of facts shall be final and conclusive on the parties, subject only to appeal.
If, after notice of termination of the contractor's right to proceed under the provisions of this section, it is determined for any reason that the contractor was not in default under the provisions of this section, the rights and obligations of the parties shall be the same as if a notice of termination for convenience had been issued.
The rights and remedies of the government provided in this section are in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under this contract.History: Rule 5-84, eff 11 Jut 84, (part).