Texas Lawmakers Applaud Military Contract Review
by: Megan Hughes, December 15, 2009 9:12:15 pm
The Army now has 60 days to re-evaluate its contract for 23 thousand military trucks and trailers.
The Oshkosh Corporation, based in Wisconsin, won the contract in August. BAE Systems, a British Company with a plant in Sealy, Texas, lost. Texas Senator John Cornyn fought against the Army's decision.
"I don't know whether it was willful blindness or it was just people making honest mistakes, but the most important thing is the GAO has now concluded that it was a flawed process and now opening this up to fair competition."
The Government Accountability Office directed the Army to include past performance in reconsidering its evaluation. BAE has made 56 thousand of the vehicles in the past few decades and employs 10 thousand people in Southeast Texas.
CORNYN: "It is obviously a big jobs issue in an area that needs those jobs in particularly during a time in a recession where people are having trouble finding new jobs."
Another company, Navistar Defense based outside of Chicago is also competing for the contract. From Capital News Connection, Megan Hughes, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.