Boeing Co. said Tuesday that an independent ethics review found that the No. 2 Pentagon contractor's improper hiring of a former U.S. Air Force procurement official was an isolated incident.
But the report -- based on a three-month review of hundreds of government and former government officials hired by Boeing in the last five years -- cited "some areas of weakness" in the company's internal hiring procedures and made 10 broad recommendations to prevent significant problems in the future.
Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman of New Hampshire, hired by Boeing to conduct the review after it fired two top officials in November, urged additional training, better safeguards, centralized oversight, periodic internal audits and insistence on conflict-of-interest reviews before the company offered a top job to candidates.
Chicago-based Boeing fired Chief Financial Officer Michael Sears and missile defense executive Darleen Druyun, a former Air Force official, in November, saying they violated ethics rules by discussing a job before Druyun stopped working on Boeing-related Air Force programs.