According to a report by the NASA inspector general on ethics charges against Bolden—later deemed unfounded—Worden complained to Deputy Administrator Lori Garver about the “good ole boy networks” at the agency. The ethics case arose after the administrator sought input on alternative fuels from an oil company in which he held stock.
“This is frankly the worst of NASA and I don't like it,” Worden wrote in an e-mail to Garver quoted in the IG report. He continued that theme in an interview Feb. 13.
“Some people accuse me of being the newest of new space,” he says. “Others accuse me of being the oldest of old space. We're trying to figure out how to do the really cool stuff NASA has to do in science, in technology and in human exploration, in the most efficient, affordable and effective manner.”
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