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SPECTER ANNOUNCES THAT NAVY WILL RELEASE DOCUMENTS ON BID SELECTION PROCESS USED TO AWARD WORK ON U.S.S. TICONDEROGA

 SPECTER ANNOUNCES THAT NAVY WILL RELEASE DOCUMENTS ON BID
 SELECTION PROCESS USED TO AWARD WORK ON U.S.S. TICONDEROGA
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today announced that the U.S. Department of the Navy will release documents to the Tri-State delegation regarding the bidding selection process used by the Navy in awarding work on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga.
 Specter and U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) called for an explanation of the bid selection process in a meeting with the Navy this week, following the Navy's decision to award work on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga to Metro Machine instead of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
 Following the meeting, Specter was joined by Andrews, U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Pa.) and Curt Weldon (R-7th) in writing to the Navy with a number of unanswered questions regarding the bid selection process.
 "A number of questions remain unanswered regarding the bid selection process," the Tri-State delegation wrote. "The threshold issue concerns how a yard such as Metro Machine can submit a bid approximately $9 million less than that of the PNSY, when the workers at both facilities are compensated roughly the same and the material costs for the overhaul are also approximately equal."
 "It would appear that the private yards, such as Metro Machine, have an unfair advantage in shipbuilding competitions since they are not required to justify their suspiciously low labor bid rates," Specter said.
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 /CONTACT: Dan McKenna of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 202-224-4254/ CO: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard; Metro Machine ST: Pennsylvania IN: ARO SU:


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