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Reasonable Processes Used for Sacramento Depot Maintenance Award

NSIAD-99-124: Published: May 12, 1999. Publicly Released: May 12, 1999.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Air Force's selection of a source of repair for depot maintenance work at the closing Sacramento Air Logistics Center (ALC), focusing on whether the: (1) Air Force's procedures for conducting the Sacramento competition provided substantially equal opportunity for the public and private offerors to compete for the work without regard to performance location; (2) procedures for conducting the competition were in compliance with 10 U.S.C. 2469a and other applicable laws and regulations; (3) appropriate consideration was given to factors other than cost; and (4) award resulted in the lowest total cost to the Department of Defense (DOD) for performance of the work.

GAO noted that: (1) the Air Force's competition for work at the Sacramento ALC showed that: (a) the competition procedures provided an equal opportunity for public and private competitors without regard to where the work could be performed; (b) the procedures did not appear to deviate in any material respect from applicable laws and regulations; (c) the Air Force appropriately considered factors other than cost in the selection; and (d) within the framework set forth for the competition, the award resulted in the lowest total cost to DOD for performance of the work; and (2) GAO also identified several issues that may be useful for the Air Force to consider in future competitions.

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