Holding the Government Accountable

Druyun's Impact Wider Than Previously Thought

The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) has found that additional contracts awarded by Darleen Druyun were improperly awarded and against the interests of taxpayers. As a result, citizens are left with the impression that the government is driven by questionable backroom deals rather than what is in the best interest of the taxpayer and country. After Druyun was convicted for violating federal ethics laws, the IG began reviewing 8 contracts (pdf) that she had awarded. In three reports recently released, the DoD IG found:

1. Druyun "did not adequately document the decision process used to award the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program contract" (pdf) to Lockheed Martin in 1999. That error left the contract "unnecessarily vulnerable to manipulation."

2. Druyun attempted to steer a "33-year contract valued at $1.7 billion [pdf] ($51.5 million per year average costs)," that was awarded by other contracting officials for a period of 8 years for $158 million with a projected annual cost of $19.8 million per year. She was able, however, to "influenced $47.2 million in vehicle overhaul requirements" that should have been solicited separately at a cost of "$27.5 million ($19.7 million less than Systems & Electronics, Inc.)". The IG recommended that the Air Force reconsider the $47.2 million contract.

3. Druyun was able to buy F-16 Mission Training Center Simulator Services as commercial items (pdf). As a result, the Air Force was restricted in determining whether the "price it was charged was reasonable" and "placed itself at a disadvantage in the event of a contract dispute."

POGO was on the forefront of questioning Druyun's entry into the revolving door. Obviously her dealings were far worse than we could have predicted.