10 U.S. Code § 4601 - Electronic submission and processing of claims for contract payments

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(a) Submission of Claims.—
The Secretary of Defense shall require that any claim for payment under a Department of Defense contract shall be submitted to the Department of Defense in electronic form.
(b) Processing.—
A contracting officer, contract administrator, certifying official, or other officer or employee of the Department of Defense who receives a claim for payment in electronic form in accordance with subsection (a) and is required to transmit the claim to any other officer or employee of the Department of Defense for processing under procedures of the department shall transmit the claim and any additional documentation necessary to support the determination and payment of the claim to such other officer or employee electronically.
(c) Waiver Authority.—
If the Secretary of Defense determines that the requirement for using electronic means for submitting claims under subsection (a), or for transmitting claims and supporting documentation under subsection (b), is unduly burdensome in any category of cases, the Secretary may exempt the cases in that category from the application of the requirement.
(d) Implementation of Requirements.—In implementing subsections (a) and (b), the Secretary of Defense shall provide for the following:
Policies, requirements, and procedures for using electronic means for the submission of claims for payment to the Department of Defense and for the transmission, between Department of Defense officials, of claims for payment received in electronic form, together with supporting documentation (such as receiving reports, contracts and contract modifications, and required certifications).
The format in which information can be accepted by the corporate database of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
The requirements to be included in contracts regarding the electronic submission of claims for payment by contractors.
(e) Claim for Payment Defined.—
In this section, the term “claim for payment” means an invoice or any other demand or request for payment.
(Added Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title X, § 1008(a)(1)], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–249, § 2227; renumbered § 4601, Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title XVIII, § 1861(b), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4277.)
Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.