GAO Backs DOD Waiver Of Presidential Helicopter Competition

Law360, New York (September 6, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office found Friday that the Navy properly waived a legal requirement for competitive prototyping in a $4.5 billion procurement of new presidential helicopters, based on studies showing that the Navy could finish the project faster and cheaper by modifying existing aircraft designs.

The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 requires that each major defense acquisition program go through competitive prototyping, a process that produces early prototypes of weapon systems or critical components in an effort to reduce technical risk, reduce cost...
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