DOD Acquisition:

Case Study of the Army Light Helicopter Program

NSIAD-86-45S-1: Published: Aug 25, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1986.

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GAO provided a supplement to its report on the defense acquisition work force. GAO examined the role of the program manager and contracting officer in developing the Army Light Helicopter Family (LHX) program's strategy.

GAO found that: (1) the first project manager played a lead role in developing baseline acquisition strategy; (2) the current project manager was a leader in modifying the LHX acquisition strategy; and (3) the current project manager also played an active role in the development of the engine request for proposals and evaluation plan. GAO also found that the contracting officer: (1) was not active in the development of the LHX acquisition strategy, but participated in the development of the request for proposals and evaluation plan for the engine; and (2) played an active role during the evaluation of the engine proposals and source selection process and had the lead role during contract negotiations and contract award.

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