The Contract Disputes Act (CDA) governs negotiations and litigation that arises from government contract disputes. Accordingly, if your business has a dispute with a term or issue pertaining to a government contract, the CDA is controlling law. It outlines a process by which a dispute is heard and decided. The first step is having a Contracting Officer issue a Final Decision on the dispute. If one of the parties disagrees, the Board of Contract Appeals or the United States Court of Federal Claims may then hear the issue. If there is a need for a higher appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the next option, followed by the Supreme Court of the United States.