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USAF Now Says It Will Re-Bid CSAR-X

By James T. McKenna | March 23, 2007

The U.S. Air Force intends to “pursue a course of action that complies with the GAO recommendation and is fair to all offerors" involved in bidding for its $$10-billion Combat Search and Rescue-X (CSAR-X) program. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Feb. 26 upheld protests by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft of Boeing’s win with a bid based on its CH-47. Air Force officials had said they would interpret the GAO’s ruling narrowly and this week news reports cited USAF officials as saying the service would not re-bid the proposal. But in a March 22 statement, the Air Force said it would issue an amended request for proposals “to clarify its intent with respect to the evaluation of operations and support costs.” Discrepancies in evaluating those costs were the main reasons the GAO cited in upholding the protests. The Air Force wants the GAO to clear up any remaining issues with the protests before it issues a revised RFP.   For related news

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