Wed, Feb 16, 2005
Druyan's Legacy Could Cost Boeing Billions
Eight contracts totaling more than $3 billion have been referred
for further investigation as part of the scandal surrounding
Druyun was the Air Force's former chief acquisition officer. She
was accused of steering contracts to Boeing in exchange for a job
following her government service.
Druyun pleaded guilty to steering a lucrative contract to Boeing
and admitted steering other contracts to the aerospace giant.
To further investigate, Michael W. Wynne, acting undersecretary
of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, asked the
Defense Contract Management Agency to look at the 407 contracts
Druyun was involved in since she assumed her position in 1993 to
see if she influenced other awards.
The agency reported to Wynne and said eight contracts "appear to
have anomalies." He has referred the results to the DoD inspector
general for investigation.
"I would say that it pains me to find any instance where the
contracts could have been manipulated for other than the best
interests of the taxpayer," Wynne said. "There is no best practice
or metric that would allow for anything other than a 'zero defect'
in this area."
Even with the revelations made by Druyun (above), Wynne said he
thinks the system is solid and that with changes being put in
place, will get better.
If investigators find that Druyun manipulated other contracts,
DoD will allow contractors to appeal the contract award.
The eight contracts in question are:
- National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite
System –- Conical Microwave Imager Sensor
- C-5 Avionics Modernization Program
- Financial Information Resource System
- C-22 Replacement Program; 60K Tunner Program Contractor
- KC-135 Programmed Depot Maintenance
- F-16 Mission Training Center
- C-40 Lease and Purchase Program
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