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Pompeo Issues Letter on LAS Contract to Sec. of State Clinton

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Washington, April 23, 2012 | comments

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Pompeo Issues Letter on LAS Contract to Sec. of State Clinton

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Mike Pompeo today publicly released a letter he sent this week to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton regarding the Afghanistan Light Air Support (LAS) contract.  Recently, varying press accounts have indicated State Department involvement in this procurement process.  Given the State Department has no official role in the process, Pompeo issued the following letter to urge the Department of State to steer clear of the competition in order to ensure the procurement process’s integrity.  Senator Moran also signed the letter.

Full text of the letter is below: 

April 16, 2012  

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madam Secretary:

We seek your assistance in ensuring the integrity of the procurement process for the Afghanistan Light Air Support (LAS) contract. A variety of press accounts, including quotes from a senior State Department official, appear to reflect some degree of involvement from the Department of State in the LAS procurement.  As you know, the LAS procurement is governed by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; therefore, neither the Department of State nor the White House should be involved as it could jeopardize the integrity of the process.

  • On March 1st, Reuters quoted U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns at an event in Rio de Janeiro saying, “Embraer is obviously a great company and the Super Tucano is a very fine aircraft, …The United States is now in the midst of some internal processes but we remain interested.”
  • On March 23rd, the AFP quoted the Brazilian Industry and Trade Minister Fernando Pimental as he discussed a conversation with US Officials saying, “They did not give official notice, but informally, they said: ‘Wait for another tender, we are expecting a new tender.’”  In a separate interview, Pimental stated that the issue would certainly come up in Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s talks with President Obama.
  • On March 27th, the Financial Times quoted Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the head of Embraer Defence and Security saying, “They [the U.S. Government] are saying they are going to release a new request for proposal within weeks.”
  • It has been reported that Brazilian President Rousseff discussed the LAS competition with senior U.S. officials during her recent visit to Washington. 

We hope you would agree that it is imperative the integrity of the acquisition process is maintained and that the U.S. government fairly adjudicates this competition without improper foreign government intervention. Therefore, Madam Secretary, we request your assurances that political considerations related to the nation of Brazil are playing no part in the LAS competition.

We appreciate your attention to this important matter and look forward to your timely response. 


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Jerry Moran                                                      Mike Pompeo
United States Senator                                        Member of Congress                                      


cc:  The Honorable Leon Panetta
Department of Defense



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