It is the intent of the Legislature that a process be created to resolve contractual claims between the department and providers of goods and services and that the department pursue the recovery of additional costs resulting from substandard goods and services provided to the department.
(1) To implement this policy, the department shall establish a process to resolve claims for additional monetary compensation, time, or other adjustments to the contract.
(2) The department shall document its final decision on all claims, including reasonable support for its decision.
(3) On all claims resolutions resulting in increases of the contract by more than $500,000, a responsible department director, after reasonable inquiry, shall:
(a) Certify that no known facts or circumstances relating to the resolution of the claim indicate any improper intervention or influence, or attempts at any such intervention or influence, on behalf of the consultant or contractor; or
(b) Report to the secretary of the department that facts or circumstances exist that indicate improper intervention or influence, or attempts at such improper intervention or influence, on behalf of the consultant or contractor.
Any such certification or report shall be verified in accordance with s. 92.525.
(4) The recovery for a claim not resolved through the department’s claim settlement process shall only be pursued through state arbitration board or circuit court proceedings, as provided by law.
(5) The department shall annually file a summary report on claim settlements to the transportation committees of the Legislature by October 1 each year. The report shall provide sufficient information to determine whether further inquiry into the claims settlement process is warranted.