Criminal investigation begun against former NASA manned program head


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The U.S. Attorney’s office for DC has opened a criminal investigation into actions taken by Doug Loverro, the former head of NASA’s manned program, during contract bidding for a NASA lunar lander project.

The grand jury investigation concerns communications between Doug Loverro, then the chief of human spaceflight for NASA, and Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s space and launch division. These discussions occurred early this year, during a blackout period when NASA was taking bids to construct a Human Landing System for the Artemis Moon Program. It is not permissible to interfere with a competition for government contracts.

“Mr. Loverro, who wasn’t part of NASA’s official contracting staff, informed Mr.Chilton that the Chicago aerospace giant was about to be eliminated from the competition based on cost and technical evaluations,” the report states, citing unidentified sources. “Within days, Boeing submitted a revised proposal.”

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4 comments

  • LocalFluff

    They should take a good look at how JWST and SLS-Orion have been managed. Perhaps criminality can explain these expensive organizational failures.

  • pzatchok

    This is standard practice in the military industrial system Which NASA is the top of.

    If your close to retirement and someones design is going to be kicked from competition call them up and give them a little ‘heads up’ then just make sure they remember you for a job when you retire from government service.

  • wayne

    “Casablanca”
    -the appropriate snippet-
    https://youtu.be/nM_A4Skusro
    0:48

  • David M. Cook

    Doug Loverro, Boeing‘s new employee of the year! (standing ovation)

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