Committee on Governmental Affairs:

Alleged Senate Compromise of NASA Complainant's Identity

OSI-94-30: Published: Jul 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on an alleged unauthorized disclosure of nonclassified congressional information, focusing on whether Senate committee office staff compromised a whistleblower's identity after she reported suspected wrongdoing by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

GAO found that: (1) it could not reach a definitive conclusion as to how a copy of the whistleblower's letter came into the possession of the NASA Inspector General because she refused to cooperate with the investigation and there was considerable unresolved conflicting testimony; (2) there was no credible evidence to support the allegation that the Committee Chairman or members of his personal or committee staff compromised her identity; and (3) an unsigned copy of the letter could have been made available to the NASA Inspector General by accessing NASA computer files.

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