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News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and four other environmental groups today said that NASA could be about to break the commitments it made in a 2010 agreement to clean up all the detectible contamination at its former Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) rocket testing site in the Simi Hills. Consumer Watchdog, Teens Against Toxins, the...
News Story
2/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Planetary Ventures, a company operating under the umbrella of Google, has been awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA to renovate and manage the Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California. The U.S. GSA announced, after a comprehensive review process, its decision, Monday, paving the way for the takeover of...
News Release
2/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. -- Giving a Google corporate subsidiary control of Moffett Field, as announced today by the General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said. In December a NASA audit...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has long operated its fleet of private jets out of NASA’s Moffett Field thanks to a long-standing deal with the U.S. government, but it looks like it’s ready to expand its presence at the Silicon Valley airfield. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA today announced that Planetary Ventures LLC, a shell company...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S government has picked a Google subsidiary to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the Internet company’s billionaire executives. The decision announced Monday clears the way for Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC to take over management of the 1,000-acre...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. government has chosen a Google subsidiary to rehabilitate Moffett Federal Airfield in Silicon Valley, a site that has hosted Google executives’ fleet of private jets. Moffett Federal Airfield is a former naval air station that is now home to the NASA Ames Research Center. It includes the historic Hangar One, originally built to...
News Release
12/11/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on NASA to evict a fleet of planes owned by Google’s billionaire top executives from Ames Research Center after an audit by the agency’s Inspector General found they received an unwarranted discount worth up to $5.3 million on jet fuel purchased from the government. Two years ago...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google executives got a steep discount on jet fuel from the federal government for their fleet of private aircraft over a six-year period, a new audit from the NASA inspector general says. A company owned by tech billionaires Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt got a discount worth $3.3 million to $5.3 million, NASA...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google's (GOOG) cofounders got an improper subsidy worth $3.3 million to $5.3 million when their private aircraft company was allowed to buy jet fuel at discounted rates from a federal agency at Moffett Field, according to a report issued Wednesday by NASA's Inspector General. While finding no "intentional misconduct...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
(Reuters) - The company that manages a fleet of airplanes owned and leased by Google Inc executives Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt improperly bought fuel from the government at below-market rates, for a savings of up to $5.3 million according to a report released by the NASA Inspector General on Wednesday. The 10-page report said the...