Federal probe looks into contacts between Boeing, NASA executives on lunar contracts: WSJ

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Federal prosecutors have started a criminal investigation into whether a senior NASA official improperly shared information about a lunar-lander project with a senior executive at Boeing Co. , which then acted on his guidance, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the investigation. A grand-jury investigation, led by the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, is focusing on communication early this year outside official contracting business, the newspaper reported. The contacts involve Doug Loverro, before he resigned as head of NASA’s human-exploration programs in May, and Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s space and launch division, the newspaper reported. According to Boeing’s website, Chilton began his career at Boeing in 1984 as an engineer and assumed the role of senior VP of the space and launch division in April 2018. Shares of Boeing rose 1.6% on Friday, and have lost 47% this year, contrasting with gains around 4% for the S&P 500 index in the same period.
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