Wed, May 05, 2004
Ethics Watchdog Will Report Violations To Government
As part of a deal being negotiated
with the Air Force, Boeing has hired an outside ethics watchdog to
look over its shoulder in the wake of two major defense contracting
"This will be a good thing for the Air Force and certainly a
good thing for Boeing as we restore the customer’s confidence
in us as a company operating with the highest standards of
integrity," said spokesman Dan Beck.
He refused to name the monitor chosen by Boeing. But the special
compliance officer will be charged with alerting the government if
what one Boeing executive called "rogue elements" within the
company breach government regulations in the future. The monitor
will file regular reports with the Pentagon and note any
irregularities, no matter how small.
Several scandals have rocked the
aerospace giant, ranging from illegally obtaining competitors'
proprietary information on both the missile defense program and the
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle contract to luring away the Air
Force negotiator in charge of overseeing the 767 tanker deal --
before the deal was completed. In the wake of those scandals,
Boeing is ineligible for Air Force rocket contracts and the tanker
deal has been temporarily shelved.
Boeing's PR department is in high gear on the tanker deal. The
company took out newspaper ads in several cities, pointing out the
need to replace America's aging KC-135 tanker fleet with new 767s
and defending the deal that it struck with the Air Force.
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