KC-45 protest summary report released

by: Matthew Potter
June 25, 2008

Category: Boeing, commercial aviation, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, development program, EADS, GAO, logistics, Northrop Grumman Corp., Protest, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

The GAO released a summary of why they upheld the protest by Boeing over the KC-45 award. See an article here. The chief reason was due to the Air Force’s failure to properly apply the criteria for source selection. Of the several reasons listed two ones that stand out is that they gave EADS credit for exceeding a requirement when they should not have, and rather than just noting the risk associated with the Boeing bid the Air Force calculated a dollar figure to overcome that risk. This alone drove up the cost proposal of the Boeing K-767 aircraft. The Air Force technically still does not have to withdraw the award to Northrop Grumman and EADS, but they would be best off reopening the competition.

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