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NASA's Actions On Boeing's Lunar Landing Bid Under Increased Scrutiny

By Keith Cowing
August 14, 2020
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NASA's Actions On Boeing's Lunar Landing Bid Under Increased Scrutiny

U.S. prosecutors probe ex-NASA official, Boeing over space contract: sources, Reuters
“The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether NASA’s former head of human spaceflight gave Boeing Co improper guidance during a lucrative lunar-lander contract competition, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The Justice Department has sent subpoenas to NASA, Boeing and Doug Loverro, who led the space agency’s marquee space travel program until he resigned in May, as part of a grand-jury investigation into the possible violation of federal procurement laws, the sources said. In the probe, opened in June, prosecutors are focusing on communication between Loverro and Boeing space executive Jim Chilton in late January, during a blackout period for the Human Landing System competition, one of the sources said. Representatives for Boeing and Loverro declined to comment. NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
Keith’s note: These NASA procurement activities aren’t just a few people in a room working late on Friday afternoons. Hundreds are involved – for weeks – including lawyers, FAR experts etc. Lots of spreadsheets and PowerPoint. Something is missing from this story – either that or a whole lotta people at NASA and Boeing screwed up collectively.

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