By Cindy Klose
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
10:51 PM CST, January 27, 2011
We should find out in February who will get the $35 billion contract to make refueling tankers for the the U.S. Air Force, but first Congress is looking into the latest problem with the competition.
The Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony Thursday on a clerical error that mistakenly sent Boeing and EADS information about the other's bid.
Two federal employees lost their jobs after the confidential information got out. This is the Pentagon's third attempt in ten years to award the contract to replace tankers that are now more than 50 years old.
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said he's amazed how long it's taken to get a final deal.
"Not only is it not cost effective, we're wasting taxpayer money, we're losing the confidence of the people we deal with, not only the average citizen but the individual businesses that we deal with."
Senators are trying to decide if the release of information damaged this latest round of the competition. You can watch the committee hearing here.
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