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POGO Hails Victory for Taxpayers on Boeing Leasing Deal

September 4, 2003 


POGO has just learned that Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner and Ranking Member Carl Levin are attempting to reach a compromise that would begin to address some of the egregious problems with the Boeing tanker leasing deal.

The compromise would scale back the number of aircraft to be leased from 100 to 25. But only after the following are completed: an analysis of alternatives to the leasing deal including consideration of other types of planes, a corrosion study of the current tanker fleet, and a GAO study of pricing data produced by the Institute for Defense Analysis.

POGO believes this proposal is a strong step in the right direction.

"Today's decision shows that public outrage can overcome sleazy deals made behind closed doors. This is a victory for the taxpayers in a long and hard fought fight. Senators McCain, Warner, and Levin should be congratulated for their leadership in making our government accountable to the public rather than private interests like Boeing," said Eric Miller, POGO's Senior Defense Investigator.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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