Late last night, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted this series of tweets on Twitter.
Air Force official awards $10B+ contract uncompeted & then takes lucrative job w funds recipient http://t.co/SHqFYWd3CR— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2014
V likely AF official Correll was told by ULA/Rocketdyne that a rich VP job was his if he gave them a sole source contract— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2014
Reason I believe this is likely is that Correll first tried to work at SpaceX, but we turned him down. Our competitor, it seems, did not.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2014
Musk cites an April 18 article by the National Legal and Policy Center alleging that former U.S. Air Force executive Roger Correll took a job with Aerojet Rocketdyne, the RD-180 engine supplier for United Launch Alliance, after he approved a block buy of ULA launches for the Air Force.
Roger S. Correll, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Program Executive Officer for Space Launch, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for developing, testing, fielding, and production of space launch systems and conducting launch operations for national security satellite programs.
Mr. Correll, an Ohio native, entered government service with the Air Force in 1983 under the Pacer Intern Contracting Program at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., where he served as a contract negotiator and cost price analyst supporting weapons systems for the F-4, F-15 and C-141. Mr. Correll has served in several key field and senior staff positions supporting multi-billion dollar major weapon systems and national-level transportation readiness and supply chain management programs. His experience includes multiple service and unified combatant command assignments. Mr. Correll has served as Director of Contracting for the Ogden Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.
The biography lists several awards, such as Top Contract Price Cutter (twice) and most recently a two-time winner of a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Mr. Correll's LinkedIn page shows that he left the Air Force in January 2014, and began with Aerojet Rocketdyne in May 2014 as Vice President Government Acquisition and Policy.
Musk cites an April 25, 2014 letter by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) questioning testimony about ULA deal by the Secretary of the Air Force before the Senate Armed Services committee on April 10, 2014. Click here to watch the three-hour hearing.