DoD Inspector General Announces USSPACECOM Investigation

February 19, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Defense Inspector General announced an investigation into the basing decision for the location of the U.S. Space Command headquarters. The Inspector General is specifically expected to evaluate whether or not the Department of the Air Force (DAF) complied with DoD and Air Force policies during the selection process, if the DAF used objective and relevant scoring factors to rank the six candidate locations, and if the DAF calculated the cost and other scoring factors accurately amongst the six candidate locations.

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:

It is imperative that we thoroughly review what I believe will prove to be a fundamentally flawed process that focused on bean-counting rather than American space dominance. I have been in close contact with the Office of Inspector General and my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee about this matter, and have also requested the Government Accountability Office review the defective methodology behind this process.  I welcome the investigation by the DOD OIG, and look forward to this review. I will continue working to ensure that this decision was made with neither political bias nor arbitrary and inappropriate metrics which will ultimately materially damage our national security and hamper Space Command’s critical mission.

-On January 19th, Congressman Lamborn requested an investigation by the Office of Inspector of Department of Defense.

-Earlier this year, Congressman Lamborn requested President Biden review the process and joined the Colorado Congressional Delegation to again request the Biden administration review the process.

-On February 1st, Congressman Lamborn requested the Government Accountability Office reviewing the methodology and scoring used in the decision-making process.

-Today, Congressman Lamborn sent a letter to the OIG requesting they expand the scope of their investigation.

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055