Boeing Co.'s management of vendors who process crucial military spare parts is under review by the Government Accountability Office, an official handling the probe said Wednesday.
The investigative arm of Congress last month completed reviews of contracts involving Boeing sites in Long Beach and Philadelphia, said David Schmitt, deputy director of the GAO's defense capabilities and management unit.
The investigation, which also involved 14 smaller contractors, could lead to stricter Pentagon regulation of the military aircraft industry.
The disclosure of Boeing's inclusion in the probe comes a year after Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, raised concerns about the Chicago-based company's oversight of subcontractors in charge of preparing spare parts for military use. Congress last year directed the GAO to conduct the investigation. Boeing "fully cooperated," company spokesman Douglas Kennett said.
"We have begun analyzing the data we collected and drafting the final report," Schmitt said in a statement. "We reviewed their internal quality assurance processes for overseeing their suppliers and contractors," he said of Boeing and the other contractors.