How long is too long?
Al Barack was awarded a settlement against the Government in 2004, several years after the work he undertook for the Government was completed. Finding $70 million is not an overnight activity, but surely after nearly a decade this should be done. One way or the other the Government still has to pay interest on this loan. So there is no efficiency to be gained by depriving Barack of payment.
It would be inconceivable to imagine a contractor from the US finding itself in such a situation. I would encourage the Government, having inherited this unfortunate problem, to move urgently to settle the amount owed to Mr. Barack.
— Chris de Caires