Defense: Another Trip To the Trough

Another Trip To the Trough

Pentagon brass were outraged last year when the Dravo Corp. persuaded Congress to award it up to $10 million in extra payments on a disputed Navy contract. Although Dravo had agreed to build a steam plant at the Navy's Norfolk, Va., shipyard under a $102.9 million fixed-price contract, Congress ordered the service to pay for Dravo's cost overruns. Navy paymasters stalled until the 1987 fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Now, they discover, Dravo is back again. Just passed by the House Appropriations Committee, the 1988 Defense Department budget includes the same $10 million bailout. "Greed is still rampant," fumed Assistant Secretary...

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