Air Force: Contract Investigation Focuses on Faulty Paperwork

March 7, 2012

The Air Force's investigation into the process it used to award a light air support contract focuses on faulty paperwork supporting the award decision and not the actions of Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner, Brazil-based Embraer, or Hawker Beechcraft, an Air Force spokeswoman clarified Wednesday.

"The Air Force agreed to take corrective action and suspend the Light Air Support contract awarded to Sierra Nevada Corporation because the Air Force Senior Acquisition Executive, David Van Buren, was not satisfied with the quality of the documentation supporting the award decision," Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy said in a statement. "This documentation issue was internal to the Air Force and is not the result of actions of any offer. The Air Force has initiated a Commander Directed Investigation (CDI) to look at internal acquisition policies and procedure."

The investigation is scheduled to conclude Monday, although the investigator can ask for an extension, she said.

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