Skip to comments.Records Sought from Nonprofit for NASA Work
Posted on 07/24/2006 7:26:43 PM PDT by anymouse
Federal authorities have subpoenaed bank records from a Chevy Chase nonprofit group over questions about its financial reporting for work performed for NASA, including the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland has sought financial records from the Alliance for Competitive Technology as part of a federal probe into whether the group made false claims to NASA, court records show.
The Justice Department and the attorney's office filed papers in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt June 30 on behalf of NASA's Office of Inspector General based at Goddard. The papers say the nonprofit group refused to fully comply with a subpoena, including a request for bank records and tax documents for 2004 and 2005.
The nonprofit is run by Stewart Nozette, who was a staff member at the National Space Council under President George Bush.
Mr. Nozette is a specialist in the Strategic Defense Initiative, or "Star Wars" program, and has held top scientific positions, including one with the U.S. Air Force's Phillips Laboratory in Alexandria.
NASA's inspector general also is investigating whether the nonprofit group actually incurred employee expenses that it reported, documents filed by the U.S. attorney's office show.
The NASA investigator, employed at the agency's Office of Inspector General, said he thinks "a similar pattern of alleged fraudulent activity" occurred in two other agreements.
The investigator said he has investigated Alliance work agreements with the Naval Research Laboratory from 2000 to 2002 and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 2002 to 2004.
The Alliance fought to quash NASA's subpoena in federal court in the District in May, but a judge granted the space agency access to the bank records.
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Another rat caught gorging on government cheese.
That's the fashion in D.C. and also in too many areas in our space program.