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Thursday AM November 18th, 2009

BAE Systems has finally received a redacted version of its supplemental protest to the U.S. Army’s decision to buy military vehicles from another source. The information could provide insight into the army’s decision process, as Ed Mayberry reports.


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The U.S. Army this year announced plans to move the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles contract from a Sealy-based manufacturer to a Wisconsin vendor.  Some 3,000 Texas jobs are on the line.  BAE Systems filed a protest to the Government Accountability Office after finding concerns with the source selection process.  BAE Systems president of Global Tactical Systems Dennis Morris contends the Army failed to follow its own stated objective to conduct a “best-value” FMTV competition.  

“We believe this document provides greater insight into how the stated objective — to conduct the best-value competition — was disregarded.  The details confirm that the flawed source-selection analysis converted the competition into a lowest-priced commodity-based procurement decision that undermined the source-selection criteria.  The redacted protest also makes it clear that the acquisition missteps in the FMTV rebuy decision are consistant with the types of procurement flaws that have led the GAO to sustain protests in the past.”

The GAO held a two-day closed-door hearing on the Army decision last week.

“Although we cannot speculate on the hearing itself, we believe it validates the significant issues that we raised about the procurement process.  The two days was at the request of the GAO, based on the fact that they thought that’s how much time they needed to interview the Army witnesses called to the hearing.  And from what we understand, it was two very full days of hearings, even though we don’t know and of the specifics, we just know basically some general facts.”

The Katy Area Economic Development Council has organized the Sealy FMTV Task Force to find ways to help save the manufacturing jobs in Sealy. 

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