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The Senate Wants One Copy of Every NASA Document

By Keith Cowing
May 23, 2011
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Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Letter Regarding NASA Authorization Act of 2010 Compliance
“As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate committee charged with NASA oversight, it is our responsibility to make sure that NASA’s policy direction, and the associated taxpayer investment, is proceeding in accordance with the law. Our Nation’s space program is undergoing a transition that has not been seen since the end of the Apollo era, which presents many challenges and opportunities. NASA’s current inaction and indecision in implementing this transition could impact our global standing and take many years and billions of dollars to repair. As a result, we are requesting bi-monthly briefings and detailed information documenting what steps NASA is taking to comply with the law. The first briefing should take place during the week of May 30, 2011.”
Keith’s note: Wow – what a shopping list they have prepared – its like a media FOIA request – and they want NASA to “provide the requested information and documents by June 3, 2011.” I wonder if they will hold NASA in contempt of Congress if they do not get every single thing that they have asked for. Ouch. Charlie Bolden is not going to enjoy the inevitable hearing(s) that will follow.

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