Hotline Allegation Concerning an Unsolicited Proposal on a Sonar System
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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We are providing this report for your information and use. We performed the audit in response to a Hotline allegation made to the Inspector General, DoD, relating to an unsolicited proposal on a conceptual long-range sonar system that would be towed by a surface combatant ship. The complainant alleged that the Navy did not properly evaluate the unsolicited proposal. The allegation was unsubstantiated. The Navy made an extensive evaluation of the unsolicited proposal. Based on the evaluation, the Navy concluded that the impact of the proposed sonar on the towing ship, as well as the performance of the sonar, was unacceptable for long-range tactical surface combatant antisubmarine warfare ASW missions. Further, various factors showed that the Navy correctly concluded that the proposed sonar was unacceptable for tactical ASW missions. Soon after the evaluation, the Navy refocused its requirements for tactical ASW systems from systems for use in deep waters to systems for use in littoral coastal waters. Therefore, the Navy no longer had a critical requirement for the proposed systems alleged capability. If the Navy reestablishes a requirement for such a capability, the company that offered the unsolicited proposal would have an opportunity to bid competitively on th9 requirement. The audit objective was to determine the validity of the Hotline allegation that we received concerning the evaluation of the unsolicited proposal on the sonar system.
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