The Department of Defense inspector general has completed an extensive and detailed review of personnel involved in the Boeing KC-767A tanker program.
The report makes several recommendations involving changes and revisions in acquisition, leasing, procurement and management procedures and policies. Many of the issues raised in this report have already been identified and are being addressed. Additionally, the department has temporarily established direct oversight of major Air Force programs during this leadership transition period in the Air Force.
Other reviews, undertaken at the initiative of officials within the department to improve procurement procedures, include two Defense Science Board studies (a study of tanker recapitalization requirements and a study of the departments acquisition management structure and procedures); the National Defense Universitys study of lessons learned from the proposed lease of KC-767 tanker aircraft; the Defense Acquisition Universitys review of acquisition regulations and other acquisition-related authorities; two audits of the proposed lease of tanker aircraft, by the Office of the Inspector General, at the request of the acting under secretary of defense (acquisition, technology and logistics); and a review of all contract actions in which Darleen Druyun was involved as a member of the Air Force secretariat, from 1993 to 2002. These initiatives, as well as others, will greatly improve the management and cost-effectiveness of the DoD acquisition process.
DoD continues to monitor aggressively and, when necessary, upgrade and revise, its acquisition process to ensure that taxpayer dollars are efficiently and effectively used to the benefit of American war fighters.