Was going to start a thread , but did a search and found your previous post, Utah,
so I'll just drop it in here...
Happened to catch the coverage of the Senate hearings on C-SPAN
the other day, and it wasn't pretty.
Some more background/sources -
NASA IG under investigation
Posted: Fri, Feb 3, 2006, 6:07 AM ET (1107 GMT)
A watchdog agency is investigating allegations that NASA's inspector general has not properly investigated safety violations and claims of
retribution against space agency employees. The Washington Post reported on its front page Friday that the Integrity Committee of the President's
Council on Integrity and Efficiency has started an investigation of Robert Cobb, who has been NASA's inspector general since 2002. Complaints
about Cobb started last year, according to the Post, from employees who thought that he terminated or suppressed investigations into safety violations
in agency programs. Former IG employees also claimed that Cobb was "abusive" and appeared to have too close of a relationship with
then-administrator Sean O'Keefe.
From the Washington Post
Written complaints and supporting documents from at least 16 people have been given to investigators. They allege that Cobb, appointed by
President Bush in 2002, suppressed investigations of wrongdoing within NASA, and abused and penalized his own investigators when they persisted in
Although , I thought I caught all the witness testimony, I didn't hear the specific topics, below discussed.
(I may have missed the beginning of the hearings.)
The highlighted topics, below, from the same Post article, were particularly troubling.
The complaints are being reviewed by the Integrity Committee of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency. The complaints describe
efforts by Cobb to shut down or ignore investigations on issues such as a malfunctioning self-destruct procedure during a space shuttle launch
at the Kennedy Space Center, and the theft of an estimated $1.9 billion worth of data on rocket engines from NASA computers.
Man this dude sounds like some serious bad news.
The Senators,(One. a former Shuttle astronaut, Bill Nelson
), were NOT happy,
and have decisively changed their view since April
The letter — signed by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C. — quoted the report as saying that "disciplinary action, up to and
including removal, could be appropriate." Nelson and Miller head legislative panels that conduct oversight over the nation's space agency.
and basically were demanding
You could definitely hear the frustration in the witness complaints.
So O'keefe demands the previous IG , be fired, and Cobb, who
worked as an ethics lawyer in the White House general counsel's office, was named NASA's inspector general in 2002 by the president.
The C-SPAN testimony certainly makes one wonder, how he got that
job, as well.
[edit on 9-6-2007 by Jbird]