Pricing of Northrop Corporation Contract F33657-74-C-0041

PSAD-77-134: Published: Jul 11, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1977.

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A fixed-price incentive contract awarded to a corporation for development of two F-5F aircraft was examined to determine the reasonableness of the contract price in relation to supporting cost data and whether legislative requirements were implemented. The contract included a clause which permits the contracting officer to reduce the contract price if it was increased by a significant sum because the certified cost or pricing data was not current, complete, and accurate.

The Corporation proposed $4,242,000 for production material and purchased parts primarily on the basis of vendor price quotations and prior procurement history. GAO found that proposed and negotiated costs were higher than indicated by available data prior to contract negotiations. These included amounts of $795,791 for the environmental control system, $49,885 for fire control radar, and $80,260 for the canopy. Overstated costs included applicable add-on pricing factors and profit. Proposed and negotiated overhead rates were also higher than indicated by data. There was no evidence that the contractor disclosed current, complete, and accurate cost or pricing data prior to negotiations. The target price of the contract was found to be overstated by a total of about $3 million.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Aeronautical Systems Division should determine whether the government is entitled to a price adjustment under the contract. The Air Force should determine the impact of the nondisclosure of negotiated forward pricing rate agreements and the effect on the pricing of government contracts awarded to Northrop in recent years.

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