Judge Rejects Preliminary Injunction On NASA Background Checks

A federal judge in Los Angeles has refused a request by some workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to block a Bush administration directive requiring background checks.

A group of 28 JPL workers said the security checks invaded their privacy and sued in August to overturn the requirements.

NASA maintained it was following a government-wide policy applying to
millions of civil servants and contractors.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright wrote in a 17-page order that the plaintiffs' claim of irreparable harm is without merit.

Wright's decision comes two days after he told both sides that he was inclined to issue a partial preliminary injunction that would bar NASA from asking JPL workers during background checks whether they had ever used drugs.

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