Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Properly Awarded Contracts for Disc-Rotor Research and Development
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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We conducted this audit in response to a congressional request for the DoD Inspector General to investigate a constituents complaint concerning an improper contract award for disc-rotor technology. We determined whether Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA personnel complied with Federal laws and DoD guidance when awarding contracts to The Boeing Company Boeing for disc-rotor technology research and development. The audit showed that DARPA personnel followed Federal and DoD acquisition regulations when awarding two contracts for disc-rotor technology research and development to Boeing. The total obligated value of the contracts was about 8.9 million as of June 20, 2013. Specifically, DARPA personnel properly awarded contract HR0011-07-C-0076 to Boeing on June 25, 2007, for 499,972, to perform a seedling concept study, a disc-rotor research effort, with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University VPI. DARPA contracting personnel competitively awarded the contract based on Boeings white paper and subsequent proposal submission to Broad Agency Announcement 06-15 to develop innovative ideas in the areas of aerospace systems and tactical multipliers. DARPA personnel received 147 white paper topic submissions and 72 proposals to Broad Agency Announcement 06-15. DARPA properly awarded contract HR0011-09-C-0056 to Boeing on January 30, 2009, for about 7.3 million. DARPA contracting personnel properly awarded the noncompetitive contract as a logical follow-on to the earlier effort conducted by Boeing and VPI. DARPA also followed appropriate procedures when responding to the complainants white paper and proposal submissions. DARPA personnel responded to three of four white paper submissions with a recommendation based on the relevance to the mission and a preliminary technical assessment. Finally, DARPA personnel appropriately notified the complainant that his proposals were not selected for award based on their evaluation.
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