Published on Jun 12, 2017
On May 19th, Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to Glenn Fine, the Acting Inspector General of the Department of Defense, requesting that Mr. Fine “expeditiously open an investigation into TransDigm if you have not already done so.”
Senator Warren’s letter also states that as a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services she has been monitoring reports that suggest that TransDigm has used various tactics to avoid providing cost information to the government for sole source parts, and that TransDigm unreasonably raised prices on parts after acquiring the companies that produce the parts.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this letter could preview Senator Warren’s line of questioning for Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis when he testifies on budget issues before the committee tomorrow. Additionally, the mention of TransDigm avoiding sharing cost data indicates that the issue could be raised again by Senator Warren as the National Defense Authorization Act makes its way through Congress, and could be addressed in some form of defense acquisition reform in the NDAA.