Employees of ULA, which admitted no wrongdoing in the agreement, were accused of accepting payments from Apriori Technologies as an inducement for awarding subcontracted work to the Concord, Mass.-based company. ULA, a Centennial, Colo.-based joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, allegedly charged the U.S. Air Force inappropriately higher costs as a result of the purported kickbacks.
The activities allegedly occurred between July 2011 and July 2015.
The settlement, announced Dec. 22, concludes a joint inquiry by the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, the National Reconnaissance Office’s Office of the Inspector General and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.
ULA, which is also a regular NASA contractor, provides launch services for Air Force missions involving military satellites.
A ULA spokesperson issued a company statement after the Justice Department’s news release circulated:
“United Launch Alliance is committed to ensuring an ethical business environment. We worked closely with the Government to evaluate and resolve the concern. As the nation’s premier launch services provider, we hold ourselves to the highest of standards and always strive to conduct business in full compliance with laws, regulations and rules.”