Inspectors General:

Alleged Misconduct by NASA Inspector General

OSI-95-9: Published: Feb 10, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed allegations of misconduct by the former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Inspector General (IG), focusing on whether the former IG: (1) prenotified senior NASA employees of impending IG investigations; (2) improperly disclosed grand jury-related information; and (3) prematurely closed selected audits and investigations.

GAO found that: (1) the former IG failed to exercise professional judgment in notifying NASA officials that were subject to investigation; (2) the IG used questionable judgment in not notifying the agent in charge of the investigation that the alleged misconduct could be handled administratively; (3) the Assistant U.S. Attorney believed the alleged IG discussion of grand jury-related information did not violate federal criminal procedure provisions, since the U.S. Attorney's Office had already apprised the defendants in the matter of the impending indictment; (4) the IG did not close audits or investigations prematurely as alleged; and (5) the IG properly questioned the need for additional work because he had sufficient evidence to show misconduct with regard to the acceptance of gratuities from a NASA contractor.

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