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Old 21st May 2020, 10:24 PM   #2361
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Not a good time to be an IG.

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Named the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), its membership includes inspectors-general, who were tasked with alerting the public about anything improper in the public health and economic response to the crisis.

In the past few weeks, three of the committee's watchdogs have been fired: Mitch Behm from the Transportation Department, Christi Grimm of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pentagon's Glenn Fine.

Behm was*investigating a possible conflict of interest; Grimm had*reported severe shortages of medical supplies in hospitals; Fine was heading the group overseeing the massive stimulus package.

Trump claimed he had to act after receiving "reports of bias".
Analysis: Another scandal is engulfing Trump — and it's got nothing to do with coronavirus
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-2...hdogs/12269124
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Old 22nd May 2020, 04:32 AM   #2362
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Douglas Loverro, NASA's deputy administrator for human spaceflight. The timing is weird, just a week before SpaceX is to return Americans to space on an American rocket.

Not necessarily political, however: NASA recently announced three candidates for landing humans on the moon in 2024. (Which, BTW, is about as likely as a cow jumping over it.) One of the candidates is a team led by Blue Origin. Which is owned by Jeff Bezos. Who also owns the Washington Post. FAKE NEWS!

Loverro speaks of a "mistake" he made, but has said nothing more specific. To me, that does seem to suggest something personal rather than professional. I guess we'll see.
The article I read about it described the "mistake" as sidestepping the official decision making process regarding something to do with Artemis (NASA's return to the moon program du jour). Given current NASA politics, I assume he cut through some kind of bureaucratic shenanigans meant to stop the new rocket companies from "competing" with the SLS. If it were the other way around he'd have been promoted instead.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 12:10 PM   #2363
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Originally Posted by Beelzebuddy View Post
The article I read about it described the "mistake" as sidestepping the official decision making process regarding something to do with Artemis (NASA's return to the moon program du jour). Given current NASA politics, I assume he cut through some kind of bureaucratic shenanigans meant to stop the new rocket companies from "competing" with the SLS. If it were the other way around he'd have been promoted instead.
Latest theory is that he was trying to help Boeing because he thought the were the only ones with a chance of meeting Trump's asinine time frame.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 08:04 PM   #2364
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Originally Posted by a_unique_person View Post
Not a good time to be an IG.


Analysis: Another scandal is engulfing Trump — and it's got nothing to do with coronavirus
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-2...hdogs/12269124
All people he hasn't heard of, has never met, and thinks they probably only got coffee. Some guy just came up to him and said, "Sir, these people need to be fired...".
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Old 22nd May 2020, 09:02 PM   #2365
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Latest theory is that he was trying to help Boeing because he thought the were the only ones with a chance of meeting Trump's asinine time frame.
"By the end of my second term" is always the time frame.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 07:34 AM   #2366
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
All people he hasn't heard of, has never met, and thinks they probably only got coffee. Some guy just came up to him and said, "Sir, these people need to be fired...".
The first firing of an IG is hard. Firing a dozen after that is just good fun.
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Old 25th May 2020, 05:56 AM   #2367
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Latest theory is that he was trying to help Boeing because he thought the were the only ones with a chance of meeting Trump's asinine time frame.
Yeah, that's the most likely, the plan was to just use NASA hardware - the SLS and Orion capsulw - with the Boeing lander. It would be the most expensive option and funneled even more $$$ to Boeing as it would require multiple SLS launches, and they are the prime contractors on the SLS first stage.

Looked at it from angle, it looks like giving Boeing at ****-tonne of money after they came under a lot of criticism from extracting a huge amount from the cost plus system that NASA uses.
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
All people he hasn't heard of, has never met, and thinks they probably only got coffee. Some guy just came up to him and said, "Sir, these people need to be fired...".
It just occured to me that the trumpkins have been very quiet about this. Not even the usual knee-jerk "but Obama fired someone too!!"-type posts we usually get when Trump does something they know he sjouldn't have. It's odd.
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