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NASA Inspector General resigns after years of criticism

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By Nikki Weingartner
Apr 3, 2009 in Politics
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After seven years of service and much pressure for alleged abuse and corruption, NASA Inspector General Robert "Moose" Cobb has turned in his resignation. It will take effect on April 11.
Under continued pressure and a release earlier this year from the Government Accountability Office, the Inspector General of the United States space program, NASA, officially resigned on Thursday. His last day, however, will not be until April 11.
General Robert "Moose" Cobb was rated 27th on a list of 28 inspector generals for the cost-saving practices based on audits and investigations. He also was under fire for his poor rate of return based on per dollar spending. As Fox News explains his seven year reign under former President Bush:
He first came under fire in 2007, when he refused to resign amid calls by congressional Democrats who criticized his close association with top managers at the same time he was supposed to be impartially monitoring them.
While a yearlong investigation by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, it did cite reports that Cobb verbally abusing employees and failing to maintain an appearance of independence from top NASA officials, including the agency's former chief Sean O'Keefe, on at least two occasions.
Cobb was also found to be at the heart of reporting delays in hacker theft of rocket engine schematics from NASA and interference in a release involving property allegedly stolen from an astronaut in the Columbia shuttle disaster. Cobb supposedly refused to sign the investigative findings.
Lawmakers asked President Obama to remove Cobb as part of his primary plans. However, it appears that will be unnecessary.
In General Cobb's resignation, he wrote:
"A new Inspector General will find an organization with extraordinarily talented employees dedicated to rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse and promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of NASA.
At NASA, the seemingly impossible is turned into marvels of human achievement.
Challenges facing NASA are many, but I am confident that they will be ably met by your Administration, working with NASA's gifted scientists, engineers, institutional leaders, and contractor workforce."
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