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Boeing to face independent ethics probe over lunar lander bid, Reuters reports

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – Boeing is facing an independent review of its compliance and ethics practices, according to an agreement struck with NASA and the U.S. Air Force and seen by Reuters, the news agency reported.

“The agreement, signed in August, comes as federal prosecutors continue a criminal investigation into whether NASA’s former human exploration chief, Doug Loverro, improperly guided Boeing space executive Jim Chilton during the contract bidding process,” Reuters reported on 10 September.

“By agreeing to the ‘Compliance Program Enhancements’, the aerospace heavyweight staves off harsher consequences from NASA and the Air Force – its space division’s top customers – such as being suspended or debarred from bidding on future space contracts.”

“The agreement calls for Boeing to pay a ‘third party expert’ to assess its ethics and compliance programs and review training procedures for executives who liaise with government officials, citing ‘concerns related to procurement integrity’ during NASA’s Human Landing System competition,” the news wire concluded.

“Since Loverro resigned in May, Boeing has fired one company attorney and a group of mid-level employees, three people familiar with the actions told Reuters.”

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