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Aerospace & Defense

  • January 20, 2012

    Boeing Ends Helicopter Billing Suit For $4.4M

    Aerospace giant Boeing Co. will pay $4.4 million to settle an employee whistleblower's False Claims Act allegations that it overbilled the U.S. Department of Defense for overhauls of Chinook helicopters at a Pennsylvania plant, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • January 20, 2012

    Iraqi Co. Can't Challenge $87M Trucking Contracts: DOD

    The U.S Department of Defense and an Iraqi shipping contractor asked a Washington federal court Thursday for an exit from a shareholder's suit seeking to block their bid to renegotiate rates on $87 million worth of trucking contracts, saying the shareholder is not a party to the contracts.

  • January 19, 2012

    DOD Mismanages 85% Of Unfinalized Contracts: Report

    The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Defense said last week the agency needed to refine its guidance on acquisition procedures after a report found contracting personnel mismanaged unfinalized contracts more than 85 percent of the time.

  • January 19, 2012

    Pentagon Rule May Clear Up Timing On Contract Changes

    The U.S. Department of Defense floated a rule Thursday aimed at resolving disputes or confusion over contract modifications when multiple changes to a contract have the same effective date.

  • January 18, 2012

    US Must Bolster Car Electronic Safety Standards: Report

    A study released Wednesday backed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's conclusions that unintended acceleration problems in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles were not caused by an electronic malfunction, and recommended measures to help the NHTSA better ensure the safe performance of vehicle electronics systems.

  • January 18, 2012

    Court Favors Corps In $19M Ft. Benning Project Protest

    A federal court has found for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a protest brought by a joint venture alleging the government did not adequately explain its decision to award a project to a higher bidder, according to an order published Tuesday.

  • January 18, 2012

    GAO Shoots Down Decypher's Army Bid Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office had denied a bid protest by Decypher Technologies Ltd., siding with the U.S. Army in rejecting Decypher's proposal to provide training materials under a contract the small business valued at $115.8 million, according to a decision released Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2012

    DOD Lifts Limit On Defense Items Made In UK

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday temporarily lifted a federal acquisition limit for a range of defense items procured in the U.K., in a move aimed at maintaining a balanced exchange of military items with the U.K. government.

  • January 17, 2012

    CSC Wins A Piece Of $2.8B Air Force Tech Contract

    Information technology company Computer Sciences Corp. was one of 11 companies to win a $2.8 billion U.S. Air Force contract that will allow them to compete for task orders to provide a variety of technical services, the company said Tuesday.

  • January 17, 2012

    9th Circ. Calls For New Trial On Illegal Exports To China

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday ordered a new trial for a Macau resident convicted of bringing military communications devices from the U.S. into China in violation of U.S. export control laws, saying he should be able to present evidence of duress.

  • January 17, 2012

    US-Turkish Venture Wins $477M Afghan Road Project

    A joint venture between California-based construction and engineering contractor ECC International Constructors LLC and its Turkish counterpart METAG Insaat Ticaret AS has won a $477 million project to redevelop a stretch of land completing Afghanistan's main artery, Ring Road, ECC said Tuesday.

  • January 13, 2012

    Watchdog Tells DOD To Improve Competition On Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense could do more to fulfill an obligation to boost competition as much as possible for contracts that fall under the national security exception to full and open competition, a federal watchdog said Friday.

  • January 13, 2012

    GAO Favors Awardee In Army Food, Lodging Contract Row

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied Freedom Systems LLC's protest of an $11.2 million Army food and lodging contract awarded to Command Management Services Inc., ruling the company failed to submit important documentation, according to a decision published Friday.

  • January 13, 2012

    Federal Workers Can't Get Free Bottled Water: DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that federal agencies cannot provide employees with bottled water when safe and drinkable tap water is available at their work sites, overturning a decision by the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

  • January 13, 2012

    Navy Wants Contractor's Protest Over Poor Review Nixed

    The U.S. Navy on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss a protest brought by GSC Construction Inc., saying the case is premature because the contractor is separately seeking more than $4.6 million in adjustments to its construction contract.

  • January 12, 2012

    5th Circ. Snuffs Suit Over Civilian Driver Deaths In Iraq

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday blocked a suit brought by families of civilian drivers killed in Iraq in 2004, finding the tort-based claims were preempted by a federal workers' compensation statute that bars legal action against private military contractors.

  • January 12, 2012

    Burden-Shifting Test OK For ADEA Cases: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a long-standing burden-shifting test is the proper framework for evaluating summary judgment in age discrimination cases, reviving a lawsuit brought by a rejected candidate for a contract procurement analyst position against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • January 12, 2012

    Privacy Group Goes After DOT For Info On Drone Licenses

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, seeking the public release of a list of all private and government parties that have been licensed to use surveillance drones within the U.S.

  • January 12, 2012

    Judge Won't Pull KBR Toxic Burn Pit Suits From MDL

    A Maryland federal judge on Thursday refused to remand to state court seven actions included in multidistrict litigation claiming government contractor KBR Inc. exposed U.S. military personnel to toxic fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • January 11, 2012

    Feds Hit Back At Gabon FCPA Execs In Last Word Of Trial

    Federal prosecutors lashed out at five military equipment industry executives accused of attempting to bribe Gabonese officials as the closing arguments of their trial wound to an end Wednesday, saying each was simply “pounding the table” instead of confronting the facts.