By NICK SCHWELLENBACH
Senators John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), who are, respectively, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, have given the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) until 6 p.m. today to produce documents. If NASA fails to comply, the two senators say Chairman Rockefeller "will issue a subpoena."
A letter sent from Rockefeller and Hutchison last week describes how the two feel that NASA has "thwarted" their Committee's "oversight activities by withholding key documents that describe NASA's compliance" with the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. More specifically, NASA was required under the Act to report on its progress in leveraging "its previous investments in the Shuttle and Constellation programs to develop a launch system and crew vehicle that could be operational as early as 2016."
Nick Schwellenbach is POGO's Director of Investigations.