This just arrived in my Inbox. I have requested further clarification from the US Air Force, but, while we wait, here's the USAF's statement.
Air Force Plans to Issue Amendment to CSAR-X RFPAerospace Daily reported this morning that contract award has slipped from later this year to May or June of 2009.
The Air Force's Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Ms. Sue Payton, directed the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) program staff to issue a minor amendment to the CSAR-X request for proposal.
The offererors have been notified of the pending amendment that will be released soon. The purpose of the amendment is to further clarify how the Air Force will make its source selection decision.
The Air Force has full confidence in the CSAR-X source selection process. The clarification underscores the Air Force's commitment to a fair and transparent competition, consistent with the Secretary of the Air Force's focus on Acquisition excellence.
This amendment and resulting minor delay to the award of contract is not associated with the DoD Inspector General's ongoing audit of the CSAR-X requirements development process. The Air Force expects a final report will be released from the DoD IG later this year.