Congressional investigators today seconded Boeing's protest of the US Air Force's decision to award a lucrative tanker contract to a competitor and its European partner, the Seattle Times reports. The Government Accountability Office said it found "a number of significant errors that could have affected the outcome of what was a close competition between Boeing and Northrop Grumman," and recommended that the service hold a new competition.
Grumman partnered with Airbus on the $40-billion deal. The decision is not binding, but puts political pressure on the Air Force to reopen the contract. It also helps Boeing make the case that Congress should block funding for the unpopular deal or force a new competition.