ist immer hier
|Verfasst am: Sa Dez 14, 2013 16:09:38
Titel: Google flies on Government Fuel….
|schaut nicht gut aus…
wenn man sich die Spritkosten für private 767, 757 und einen Schippel Gulfstreams nicht leisten will, sollte man mit etwas Sparsameren unterwegs sein, aber nicht auf Steuerzahlerkosten…
schon bezeichnend, nicht nur unsere diversen Politiker bekommen den Hals nicht voll…auch ein paar Milliardäre, die es nicht mal in der Portokassa spüren würden, wenn sie normal Sprit einkaufen würden..
NASA: Google Founders Received Jet-Fuel Discount
Report Shows Executives Received an Unwarranted Discount Worth Up to $5.3 Million
By MARK MAREMONT CONNECT
Updated Dec. 11, 2013 5:10 p.m. ET
Top Google Inc. executives for six years flew their private jet fleet on discounted fuel purchased from the federal government that they weren't entitled to buy, according to a new inspector general review released Wednesday.
The report, by the inspector general of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the Google executives only were authorized to buy the discounted fuel for government business, but instead also were allowed to purchase it for private flights. The inspector general blamed the situation on an internal government "misunderstanding" rather than intentional misconduct.
The report said the arrangement didn't result in a loss to the government, but said a company operating the jets for the Google executives "nevertheless received a monetary benefit to which it was not entitled," and the arrangement "engendered a sense of unfairness and a perception of favoritism."
The report pegged the unwarranted fuel discount between $3.3 million and $5.3 million.
The inspector general, Paul K. Martin, called on NASA to discuss "possible options to remedy the situation" with H211 Inc., which operates aircraft for Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Ken Ambrose, an executive with H211, said "we are currently reviewing the report." A Google spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who has been examining the situation, called the deal a "corporate giveaway" and said the "obvious remedy would be for NASA to seek repayment for the taxpayers for the fuel benefit." Sen. Grassley also has called for a broader examination of fuel-purchase arrangements by the Defense Department, which provided the fuel to H211 under a contract arranged by NASA.
The unusual fuel arrangement was the focus of a Sept. 13 article in The Wall Street Journal.
The fuel deal dates back to 2007, when the Google executives signed an agreement with NASA to base their private jet fleet at Moffett Federal Airfield, a NASA-run facility a short distance from Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The fleet recently included seven jets and two helicopters.
As part of the arrangement, NASA and an arm of the Pentagon, which controls fuel at the airfield, allowed the Google executives to buy jet fuel at government prices, which are discounted from market prices and don't include state and local taxes. In return, the Google executives agreed to provide free flights to NASA for research purposes.
The fuel arrangement ended Aug. 31, after the Pentagon became aware that H211 was using the fuel for nongovernment flights, the inspector general's report said.
Based on Pentagon records, the Journal reported that H211 had bought 2.3 million gallons of jet fuel since early 2009, paying an average $3.19 per gallon, about 25% below the price paid by corporate members of a nonprofit fuel coop during this period.
Flight records from the Federal Aviation Administration suggest that the vast bulk of the flights by the Google executives' fleet have been for non-NASA purposes.
The main jets in the fleet—a Boeing 767, Boeing 757 and four Gulfstream V's—departed from Moffett more than 700 times since 2007, FAA records show. The most frequent destinations were Los Angeles and New York, but the planes also flew 20 times to the Caribbean island of Tortola; 17 to Hawaii; 16 to Nantucket, Mass.; and 15 to Tahiti.
The NASA inspector general report said H211 since 2009 had provided more than 200 flights to collect climate data at no cost to NASA, which the report said benefited NASA's mission. It also found that NASA had been charging H211 a fair-market lease on hangar space.
The report blamed a misunderstanding between NASA and the Pentagon for the unwarranted discounted-fuel sales. The report said officials at NASA's Ames Research Center accurately reported to the Defense Department the nature of the agreement with H211, but the Pentagon "misunderstood that H211 was drawing fuel for both personal and NASA-related missions."
Since August, the report said, the Google executives' company has been buying fuel at government rates only for NASA mission-related flights, and has been paying a market rate for fuel for personal flights, based on contracted rates at San Francisco-area airports. After accounting for NASA costs, the excess will be transferred to the U.S. Treasury, an amount the inspector general estimated to total $158,000 by July 2014.
The inspector general said NASA is seeking public bids for space at Moffett airfield and has rejected requests by H211 to renew its lease after July 2014. The Google executives are planning to relocate their fleet to the nearby Mineta San Jose International Airport, but a new private-aviation facility being built partly for their fleet won't be ready by then.