10/23/2008 - WASHINGTON -- Sue Payton, Air Force assistant secretary for acquisition, directed the Combat Search and Rescue, or CSAR-X, program staff to issue a minor amendment to the request for proposal. The offererors have been notified of the pending amendment that will be released soon. The purpose of the amendment is to further clarify how Air Force officials will make the source selection decision.
Air Force officials have full confidence in the CSAR-X source selection process. The clarification underscores their commitment to a fair and transparent competition, consistent with the secretary of the Air Force's focus on acquisition excellence.
This amendment and resulting minor delay to the award of contract is not associated with the DOD inspector general's ongoing audit of the CSAR-X requirements development process. Air Force officials expect a final report will be released from the DOD IG later this year.