During the negotiations, but before deploying to Zaire, the parties preliminarily agreed the government would reimburse PWSS under a standing emergency equipment rental contract PWSS had with the U.S.
As PWSS proceeded with its performance, Bradford realized that the OFDA needed to formalize a contract for PWSS's services.
Several months after the completion of contract performance, PWSS invoiced the AID.
The ASBCA first examined whether the parties had anything remotely resembling a binding contract before PWSS's departure for Goma.
The lesson of PWSS is that if you want to do good deeds and save the world (albeit for a reasonable profit), get your contractual terms sorted out before you head to the field.
At the hearing, Bradford testified that during the initial stages of negotiations with PWSS, he thought PWSS was a volunteer entity, and that PWSS was simply seeking transportation support and reimbursement for direct costs.