Senate Commerce Takes Up Two More NASA Nominees

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Elizabeth Robinson and Paul Martin, U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominees for NASA chief financial officer and NASA inspector general, respectively, went before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Oct. 15 for their confirmation hearing where they won the endorsement of the committee’s chairman.

“Dr. Robinson brings incredible knowledge of strategic planning and financial management and Dr. Martin’s work with the Department of Justice will be a key asset to NASA,” Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said during the hearing. He also said NASA has a lot of work to do to clean up its accounting and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.

“If confirmed, both of you will have your jobs cut out for you,” he said. “NASA is a major agency with a questionable track record when it comes to fiscal responsibility.”

Robinson most recently served as director for budget at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Martin is the Justice Department’s deputy inspector general.