h/t to WUWT reader Keith. Excerpts from:
By Robert Brodsky firstname.lastname@example.org September 30, 2009
An award-winning NASA scientist has admitted to directing thousands of dollars in sole-source agency contracts to his wife’s firm and failing to report the income on a financial disclosure form.
Mark Schoeberl, 60, of Silver Spring, Md., a senior manager and scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., to one count of felony conflict of interest.
Schoeberl, who has worked at NASA since the early 1980s, was charged last week after authorities completed an investigation run out of NASA inspector general’s office.
“When government officials direct business to themselves or their family members, other people are deprived of a fair chance to compete,” said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. “It is illegal for any federal employee to make an official decision that directly affects their financial interest, unless they disclose that conflict of interest and get approval from the government.”
At the time, Schoeberl was the chief scientist of Goddard’s earth sciences division — which conducts climate research — and the project scientist for the Aura project, a NASA mission to study the Earth’s ozone layer, air quality and climate.
Between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2008, Animated Earth was awarded more than $190,000 in NASA contracts, all without competition, according to data on USASpending.gov, a federal Web site that aggregates contract spending data.
Schoeberl’s 2007 financial disclosure form did not include the more than $50,000 in contracts his wife’s firm earned that year.
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is the agency that control the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) which is an adjunct of Columbia University in NYC.
The page of http://www.animated-earth.com is shown below. Note that the links to graphics don’t work on the original main web page, so please don’t complain to WUWT.
Welcome to Animated Earth
Animated Earth develops and distributes Earth Today, an exhibit displaying near-real-time Earth Science data sets displayed on a rotating globe.
Animated Earth also develops short movies that explain earth science processes and complement Earth Today. Movies are designed for viewing on plasma screens, over the web, or on museum kiosks.
The Animated Earth website is presently under construction. New features and additional information will be added over the next several months.
A series of animations about Measuring Rainfall and the Water & Energy Cycles