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Chairman Gordon Disappointed in NASA's Decision to Award Contract Despite Ongoing Investigation

Press Release From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2009

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(Washington, DC) -Today, NASA awarded a $1.2 billion award for the Space Communications Networks Services (SCNS), despite an ongoing investigation into organizational and personal conflicts of interest.

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) made the following statement:

"I am disappointed that NASA chose to award this $1.2 billion contract while both the Committee and the NASA Inspector General's Office are investigating serious allegations of conflicts of interest that may have affected the procurement. Chairman Miller and I had specifically asked NASA not to do this until our investigative work was finished.

I hope that a new Administrator would want to review the SCNS procurement process."

For more information, including copies of letters sent on March 6th and March 19th, please see the Committee's website.

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