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Bolden Gets Flak on Astronaut Benefit Plan

By Keith Cowing
May 1, 2010
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NASA Chief Draws Fire for Rich Benefits Plan, WS Journal
“In last week’s statement, NASA said Mr. Bolden was responding to recommendations first made several years ago by various NASA officials and reiterated recently by the agency’s top medical officer. Currently, only about 70% of former astronauts are part of NASA’s long-term health project. NASA says the legislation aims to increase that level of participation by offering former astronauts more incentives to provide data and giving the agency more opportunities to directly monitor health changes. “If enacted, the legislative proposal would apply to [Mr. Bolden] and his family,” according to NASA. “The office of the general counsel has reviewed [the matter] and did not identify ethical or conflict-of-interest issues,” NASA said.”

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