Air Force leadership interfered in contract award, disciplined

by: Matthew Potter
April 18, 2008

Category: Contract Awards, Federal Budget Process, Protest, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

It turns out, according to this article, that the Air Force violated all sorts of laws and regulations in awarding a media company a contract to help promote the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team. The company that won cost twice as much as the other bidder, who protested the contract award in 2006. It turns out that the company that won had a recently retired Air Force general as a partner and the current uniformed leadership of the Air Force interfered to steer it to that company. Now several people have been admonished and reassigned. One of the core concepts of the government source selection process is to prevent interference from senior leadership in just this manner. In this case it gave a sweetheart deal to a company owned by a former comrade.

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  1. Air Force leadership canned | Defense Procurement News on June 5th, 2008 6:13 pm

    […] Other issues were the problems and favoritism related to Thunderbird contracts as discussed here. On top of the fairly recent scandal with Boeing and the tanker lease it is a dark day for the […]

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