GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal auditing agency has upheld a challenge to a U.S. Forest Service contract for two next-generation air tankers to fight wildfires.
But what that means for the federal air tanker fleet this summer is not yet clear.
Competing air tanker companies objected to a sole-source contract the Forest Service awarded to Neptune Aviation Services in Montana. It would be worth $496 million over nine years.
The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday the Forest Service should…