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Reasonable Processes Used for San Antonio Engine Depot Maintenance Award

NSIAD-99-155: Published: May 27, 1999. Publicly Released: May 27, 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 San Antonio Air Logistics Center, focusing on whether: (1) the Air Force's procedures for conducting the San Antonio competition provided a 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) the award resulted in the lowest total cost to the Department of Defense (DOD) for performance of the work.

GAO noted that: (1) the processes used for the San Antonio engine maintenance competition award were reasonable; (2) the competition procedures provided an equal opportunity for public and private competitors without regard to where the work could be performed; (3) the procedures did not deviate in any material respect from applicable laws and regulations; (4) the Air Force appropriately considered factors other than cost in the selection; (5) within the framework set forth for the competition, the award resulted in the lowest total cost to DOD for performance of the work; and (6) GAO also identified several methodological and process issues related to the cost evaluation that, while not materially affecting the selection, may be useful for the Air Force to consider in future competitions.

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