"This was a couple of software engineers who put this in for whatever reason," Horn said about the software code called defeat devices, which the company put in diesel cars since 2009 to cheat government tests of emissions harmful to human health.
Let me tell you one thing Mr Horn. I've been working in IT for a couple of years now. I know what individual performance goals are, and I know what kind of pressure they cause for the people actually trying to do a good job in engineering systems that have to be perfect but as cheap as possible. I know that no matter how much you argue against it, if your manager has a specific goal (like "pass emissions tests with flying colors but stay within $budget") and is set on achieving it to collect his bonus there is next to nothing you can do but quit your job or do it (with a lot of cover-your-own-ass multi-CC mails going back and forth in the process). Thankfully I never was in such a situation with such serious legal implications, but I can imagine how it would look and feel.
Having said that: Throwing your engineers under the bus because of some unachievable goals you imposed down the management ladder is beyond despicable. Especially under oath. Shame on you!