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Sensenbrenner Pushes NASA to Address Serious Questions about Contracting Practices

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Washington, February 24, 2016 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner sent the following letter to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Charles F. Bolden regarding the response his agency sent regarding previous questions into NASA’s contracting practices, and alarming new information about the ongoing investigation:

Dear Administrator Bolden:

Thank you for responding to my November 18 letter regarding NASA’s Integrated Communications Service contract.  

In the response, your staff stated that NASA has conducted a thorough review of the issues that I raised, and if subcontractors have concerns then they should be addressed to SAIC.  The issues I raised are very serious and should not be dismissed as contracting disputes between vendors.  In fact, my office has received detailed information from a whistleblower about this investigation.  I have provided this information to Inspector General Paul Martin. 

The whistleblower raises serious concerns about illegal expenditures and unethical activity.  I would like you to address the following questions and document requests.  

     • Did NASA’s CSO Deputy Director direct project manager to single source a product called CISCO Identify Service Engine (CISCO ISE)?
          o If yes, why?
          o Did SAIC recommend and/or encourage the CSO in anyway regarding CISCO ISE?
     • Does NASA Policy Directive 7120.99 require NASA, or its contractors, to evaluate all market options, fully and fairly, for its procurements?
          o Are there waivers for Directive 7120.99? 
          o Was there a waiver provided relative to the procurement of CISCO ISE?
          o If yes, why?
          o Please provide me with a copy of any document or waiver that would authorize SAIC to disregard standard project management processes and procurement policies.
     • Are you aware of a $600,000 fee, or any fee, being paid to CISCO? 
          o If yes, why was this fee paid?
          o If yes, who paid the fee?
          o Was it paid from the EIB-NAC budget?
     • Please provide me with a copy of the EIB-NAC formulation authorization document. 
     • Is the SAIC manager aware of a $600,000 fee paid to CISCO?
          o Has he sent or received e-mails referencing $600,000?
          o If he corresponded via e-mail with a government official about this fee, please provide the relevant e-mails to me. 

Please respond to this letter and provide me with the requested documents by March 9, 2016.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely,

F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, JR.
Chairman Emeritus
House Science, Space and Technology Committee
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