Members of Congress are having issues with NASA’s Inspector General and Administrator candidates.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Key members of Congress from both parties want NASA’s internal watchdog fired, arguing he can’t be trusted to oversee the $1 billion in additional money the space agency is getting under the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package.
Government reports dating back to 2006 have accused NASA Inspector General Robert “Moose” Cobb of ineffectiveness, of profanely berating employees and being too close to the agency’s leadership. Calls for his ouster have intensified in the past month, since NASA is getting additional stimulus money for space exploration, research, and aeronautics.
“Apparently, Mr. Cobb thought he was supposed to be the lap dog, rather than the watchdog, of NASA,” Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tennessee, told CNN.
Word is that Steve Isakowitz, the frontrunner for the NASA Administrator’s job, has been taken down by a group of his opponents on Capitol Hill.
According to Washington insiders and Hill staff, a group of lawmakers led by Florida’s Democratic senior Senator Bill Nelson are taking credit for pushing Isakowitz out of the picture.