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The Pentagon IG cites flaws in 32 Navy sole-source awards

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Department of Defense officials with the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) in Philadelphia issued 32 sole source contracts in 2009 and 2010 collectively worth more than $68 million without explaining properly documentation, according to the DOD Inspector-General in a report made public today.

The Philadelphia facility provides logistics support for weapons systems used by naval aviation units.

All of the products involved in the 32 contracts audited "were critical application or critical safety items, which require source approval and high levels of consistency in the manufacturing and repair methods to guarantee safety," the report said.

In the 13 of the 32 sole-source contracts, Navy officials did not explain why there was only a single firm capable of providing the services or products sought by the government. And in 23 of the 32, the contracts were issued without prior legal reviews, according to the DOD IG.

Other problems with the contracts identified by the IG audit included failure to document "the market research conducted or the results for 29 of 32 contracts because technical personnel did not document the steps taken when reviewing internal and external databases."

Finally, in 27 of the 32 conteacts, officials failed to include required synopses required for all sole-source agreements.

The Navy reviewed the IG report and agreed with all of its recommendations. Go here to read the full report.

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