Caucus and Staff Reports
July 28, 2010
Fairness and Contracting Integrity in NASA’s Space Communications Network Services Competition
A report by the Majority staff of the Committee on Science and Technology to Chairman Bart Gordon, Committee on Science and Technology, and Chairman Brad Miller, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.
Released: July 13, 2010
Committee staff received several allegations about contract misconduct by the management and acquisitions staff of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). These all related to large support contracts managed out of the Center. Many of the allegations were tied to the current Space Communications Networks Services (SCNS) contract competition. After a thorough review of the materials provided to the Committee by NASA and others and many interviews by Committee staff of both current and former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) employees, contractor employees involved in the SCNS competition from ITT, Honeywell and outside consulting firms, and discussions with contract law specialists at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Congressional Research Service, we believe that staff at GSFC have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with either the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or the agency?s own rules. The result is that the SCNS competition has been skewed in such a fashion that, at a minimum, creates the appearance of the agency favoring one bidder over another.
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