U.S. Air Force acquisition official reassigned

By Ryan Maass   |   Feb. 12, 2016 at 12:29 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Top U.S. Air Force acquisition official Richard Lombardi has been reassigned after disclosing his spouse holds a retirement account with Northrop Grumman.

The reassignment was announced by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, who also announced senior official with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Darlene Costello assume Lombardi's responsibilities.

Lombardi voluntarily disclosed he failed to report his spouse held a retirement account with Northrop Grumman. The issue has been referred to the Department of Defense Inspector General.

The office of principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force Acquisition is tasked with providing the force advice on procurement programs.

Lombardi was responsible for overseeing roughly $40 billion of research and development tests, production, and modernization programs annually since taking the post in May 2014.

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