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News | May 17, 2023

Negotiation Support Leads to Significant Savings for Taxpayers

By DCAA Staff Writer

The Boeing Evergreen Resident Office performed an audit on a $4.4 billion proposal and supported negotiations resulting in $176 million in savings for the Apache Helicopter multi-year contract. The audit was led by Patrick Greene, Senior Auditor and negotiation support was led by Robert LaPlante, Senior Auditor.

The communication with the customer began before the audit when the team received data, which reduced the time to complete the audit. The team assisted with negotiations for over 18 months meeting virtually and in person daily with the buying command and contractors on this significant contract. As the contractor provided additional data, the team performed additional analysis and provided impact on final contract cost. Through persistence and dedication, the team helped to lower the final contract cost saving DoD money that could be invested in the warfighter.

In appreciation for the years of hard work, all Boeing employees at the Mesa site were invited and many attended the signing ceremony held near the production facility.  Many city and state government officials also attended.  During the ceremony the buying command specifically mentioned the excellent assistance that DCAA provided during negotiations and thanked DCAA for their support over such a long period. Additionally, the Purchasing Contract Officer visited the DCAA management office and thanked us for allowing the auditors to participate in the negotiation process even though it took over 18 months to complete.