Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Air Force contractors paid billions, fined millions



Since the beginning of 2014, Boeing Company has paid more than $41 million in penalties for alleged misconduct in contracts with the U.S. Air Force.

It’s one of six major federal contractors accused of misconduct in Air Force contracting since the beginning of last year — cases against Northrop Grumman, DynCorp International and Iron Bow Holdings are pending — according to a database from the Project on Government Oversight.

POGO has assembled a list of 206 major federal contractors who combined paid at least $92 billion to settle nearly 2,500 misconduct claims across the federal government since 1995.

Boeing was number four on that list with 63 instances of misconduct and $1.46 billion in fines. Meanwhile it reaped $19.6 billion in awards in 2014 alone.

How is this possible? Well, the website The Intercept found Boeing near the top of another list: lobbying expenditures. Boeing spent more than $16 million in the first nine months of 2015, making the company the second biggest spender on lobbying Congress this year.

POGO found several companies among the federal government’s largest contractors who racked up numerous findings of misconduct, and the Intercept found several of those were among the top lobbying spenders.

The two misconduct claims that cost Boeing $23 million and $18 million seperately over the last year alleged the company over-charged the Air Force in labor costs for the maintenance and repair of the C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

Boeing also repairs C-17 aircraft at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including the one that caught fire in January.

Source:  http://www.daytondailynews.com

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