Senators to Obama: Fire NASA IG Cobb

NASA inspector general’s ouster sought by 3 senators
Bloomberg News

Three U.S. senators, including one who leads the panel overseeing NASA, are asking President Barack Obama to remove the agency’s inspector general, Robert Cobb, accusing him of “stifling” investigations and retaliating against whistleblowers.

“If we are to strengthen our oversight system, we must set the tone at the top and hold inspectors general accountable for improper conduct and just plain not doing their jobs,” said the letter from Sens. Jay Rockefeller, Claire McCaskill and Charles Grassley.

Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, is chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which monitors the space agency. Grassley of Iowa is the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, and McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, is a member of the commerce panel.

The letter is the latest call for the ouster of Cobb in a two-year campaign by his congressional detractors. In a Feb. 24 letter, House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat, and Brad Miller, a North Carolina Democrat, asked the president for Cobb’s “expeditious removal.”

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