February 25, 2005 |
A $4-billion contract awarded to Boeing Co. to upgrade cockpit avionics on C-130 military cargo planes might have been tainted by the "improper involvement and influence" of disgraced former Air Force official Darleen Druyun, a government audit agency said Thursday. The Government Accountability Office recommended that the Air Force reopen a remaining portion of the contract -- potentially worth $1.8 billion -- to competitive bidding.
February 15, 2005 |
A Pentagon probe of more than 400 contracts overseen by disgraced Air Force official Darleen Druyun found eight deals that were questionable, including four awarded to Boeing Co., a top Defense Department official said Monday. The special panel that reviewed the contracts didn't unearth any wrongdoing, though it did ask the Pentagon's inspector general to review the eight awards, which it described as deviating from "general contracting procedures."
November 25, 2004 |
Former Air Force official Darleen Druyun, who pleaded guilty to favoring Boeing Co. on several multibillion-dollar contracts, became unusually powerful because she took advantage of a flawed bureaucracy, a top Pentagon official said. But the armed services shouldn't be blamed, Marvin Sambur, the Air Force's outgoing assistant secretary for acquisition and Druyun's last boss, said in an interview. He said the Air Force had been tarred because of the "great misdeed of an individual."
November 18, 2004 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. said Wednesday that it had filed a request with a federal court to question a former top Air Force official who was sentenced to prison for admitting that she favored Lockheed rival Boeing Co. on several multibillion-dollar Pentagon contracts. Lockheed said in its filing in federal court in Orlando, Fla., that its lawyers wanted to know whether Darleen Druyun had tainted the awarding of a $1.88-billion rocket contract to Boeing in 1998. Last year, Bethesda, Md.
September 29, 2004 |
Darleen Druyun, the former No. 2 acquisitions official at the U.S. Air Force who admitted negotiating a job with Boeing Co. while still overseeing its contracts, probably will face six months or longer in jail, people familiar with the case said Tuesday. The people, who asked not to be identified, said federal prosecutors were not pleased with Druyun's cooperation under a plea agreement signed last April, which shielded her daughter from prosecution in exchange for help on the case.
April 21, 2004 |
A tearful former top Air Force official Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy for discussing a job with Boeing Co. while overseeing the Air Force's business dealings with the company. Darleen Druyun, 56, who retired as the No. 2 Air Force acquisition official in November 2002 and took a job with Boeing two months later, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors who are investigating Michael Sears, the former Boeing chief financial officer who hired her.