Boeing and USAF attempt to mend ways

by: Matthew Potter
January 20, 2008

Category: Boeing, Contract Awards, Federal Budget Process, Lockheed Martin, production program, Protest, Sikorsky, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

In this detailed article from The Washington Post, the relationship between the Air Force and Boeing is examined relative to the Darleen Druyun scandal. The complete article is here. Ms. Druyun was the senior Civil Servant in the Air Force’s acquisition office. She was negotiating for a job with Boeing while representing the Air Force in contract negotiations. That is about the biggest, and simplest, conflict-of-interest a government employee can have. Ms. Druyun’s daughter also some how ended up with a job at Boeing as well. The fall out from the case led Ms. Druyun to go to jail, and Boeing to pay a large fine and make a lot of promises.

The article is discussing two major awards the Air Force will make soon for two new aircraft. The KC-X to supplement the aged KC-135; and a new rescue helicopter – the CSAR-X. Boeing and Druyun got into trouble over an attempt by the Air Force to lease replacement tankers in 2002. Boeing had won the CSAR-X contract with a version of the C-47, but the GAO upheld a protest by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, and the contract had to be re-competed.

This article highlights some of the issues inherent in government contracting.

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