More Problems because of Sikorsky Ethics (or lack thereof)
This is not good. It appeared in the NH Register today. In my opinion, if the government decides to dig deeper into the books, they will be able to find more issues as far as billing. As a taxpayer, we are fortunate for the oversight. I feel the fines should be much higher to put the federal contractors on notice that improper billing will not be tolerated. BIG fines!
Sikorsky Aircraft to pay $3.5M over claims of inaccurate prices
By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register
STRATFORD Sikorsky Aircraft has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that the company, which makes Black Hawk helicopters, failed to disclose accurate and current parts for prices, which resulted in the government paying artificially high prices for helicopter repairs for more than 3½ years.
Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Monday in a prepared statement that the government alleges the company violated the “False Claims Act” through the submission of inflated costs for spare parts for work on helicopters in Corpus Christi, Texas, from February 2008 to September 2011. The government’s claim is that Sikorsky submitted the inflated costs to the Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, which is one of the purchasing units of the U.S. Army charged with purchasing spare parts for the Black Hawk.
“In this era of shrinking defense budgets, it is particularly important to guard the public coffers,” Daly said. “Failure to disclose accurate, complete and current cost and pricing data created an uneven playing field in the negation process, which tilted unfairly in Sikorsky’s favor.”
Paul Jackson, a Sikorsky spokesman, said in a prepared statement that the company “is pleased to have reached an agreement to resolve this matter with the Army and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Army to maintain its fleet of Black Hawk helicopters.”