Missile defense contractors to pay for faulty parts

Friday - 1/6/2012, 10:29am EST

Cristina Chaplain, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management , GAO

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Missile defense contractors will, for the first time, be held financially responsible for poor-quality parts.

A new "Contractor Accountability For Quality" clause will be included in the Missile Defense Agency's contract for ground-based missile defense development and sustainment, Bloomberg reports.

The move is meant to help reduce the number of defective parts that have caused failures and delays in pricey projects.

Cristina Chaplain, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management at the Government Accountability Office and follows the Defense Missile Agency, joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on what this move means.