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• The DEA did not fully comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and its own solicitation in purchasing the aircraft. Specifically, we found that the DEA did not ensure that legitimate needs were identified and trade-offs evaluated, as required by the FAR, to ensure that the aircraft being purchased met operational needs in the most cost-effective manner. As a result, the Aviation Division did not take into account, when purchasing the ATR 500, the time and cost it would incur to establish an infrastructure of pilots, mechanics, trainers, and spare parts required to operate the aircraft compared to the cost of leveraging its existent fleet infrastructure.
• The DEA also failed to evaluate, as required by the FAR, each bid received on all the factors it listed in its solicitation. Therefore, the DEA ultimately awarded a contract for the purchase of an aircraft that cost $3 million more than it had estimated, even though that aircraft potentially did not best meet the DEA’s technical needs and performance requirements.
Summit Airport, owned by Summit Aviation, is a high-security Department of Defense-approved contractor facility. The audit found DOD paid Summit and other companies $1.4 million in funding intended for aviation operations in Afghanistan on maintenance for the plane.
Work on the aircraft was a joint effort between the U.S. Departments of Defense and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as part of the Global Discovery program, which intended to equip the plane with advanced surveillance capabilities for counter-narcotics missions. The DEA ended its aviation mission in Afghanistan last year.
"Moreover, despite the DEA’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, as of March 2016, the DOD continued to spend appropriated funds in an effort to make the aircraft operational and flyable," the audit said. "The DEA has purchased approximately $8.5 million in parts for the ATR 500 that it cannot utilize until the modifications are complete and the aircraft has been made flyable. The expected completion date for the Global Discovery project is now June 2016."
Summit Aviation is a full-service aviation center with domestic and international capabilities. In 2008, Summit Aviation was acquired by Greenwich AeroGroup, a nationwide network of companies that offer general, commercial and military aircraft services.
Summit Aviation is authorized to perform inspection, maintenance, repair and
modifications to airframes, engines and avionics systems.
originally posted by: queenofswords
What company was it purchased from? Who got the money? I didn't see anything about that in the article. I would be curious as to who received my tax dollars.