Investigations of Allegations Regarding Army Practices in Purchasing Language Laboratory Systems for Use by Foreign Countries

PSAD-77-104: Published: Apr 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1977.

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Allegations were made by James J. Goodin of Educational Media Division, Oklahoma City, regarding certain Army practices in purchasing language laboratory systems for use by foreign countries. The allegations were: (1) that Army specifications were restrictive because they specified system features exclusive to the successful bidder's equipment; (2) that because three-motor reel-to-reel tape transports were generally not available, serious restrictions on competition for future purchases and future availability of spare parts were caused; and (3) that reel-to-reel transports are obsolete and a cassette tape recorder system might be more economical for language use training.

The Army's specifications were not restrictive to equipment manufactured by the successful bidder. American manufacturer's three-motor reel-to-reel tape transports suitable for language laboratory system use are available as a special-order item. However, there was no documented evidence that reel-to-reel equipment is superior to cassette equipment for overseas use.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should conduct an impartial study to determine whether reel-to-reel or cassette tape transports are more suitable for use in foreign as well as domestic language laboratory systems.

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