In cases where he is investigating security-related issues, Martin generally declined to comment because the inquiries are not complete. He said since he raised the issue of encrypting NASA laptops a year ago, more than 99% of them have been encrypted. A laptop stolen from an employee’s car contained unencrypted personal information on some 40,000 individuals, and the agency has spent more than $800,000 on credit monitoring to determine if the case amounted to identify theft. To date that has not proven to be the case, he said.
Wolf said his office has been contacted by numerous NASA whistleblowers since he publicized charges of lax security at Ames Research Center, and vowed to “to bring them in and let them lay this on the record” if Martin’s office and other federal law enforcement agencies do not allay his concerns.
“If we’re going to fund these programs, which we believe in deeply, we’re not going to stand by and allow the Chinese and others to steal this information,” Wolf said.