Union Says NASA Chief Criticism of Pilot Survey Was Erroneous

UNDATED (AP) -- U.S. Representative Bart Gordon, the chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, says a union representing NASA employees has raised important questions about the agency's senior leadership.

In a letter sent late last week to the committee, the union accuses the agency's administrator of unfairly tarnishing agency employees by disparaging and misrepresenting a federal air safety project.

NASA weeks ago drew intense criticism for withholding results of the research, fearing it would upset travelers and hurt airline profits.

Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat, said NASA appears more concerned with raising doubts than analyzing the aviation safety data they have.

NASA now says it will release at least some information by year's end. It may take up to one year to vet all the data for anything that could potentially violate the anonymity promised to participating pilots.

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