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Earth to Managers

June 9, 2004 Middle managers, the leadership of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a warning for you: Go with the agency's cultural reforms, or go away. "If we can't change the people, we'll change out the people," says NASA's associate deputy administrator for institutions and management. James Jennings' warning follows the ...

Earth to Managers

June 1, 2004 Get ready for big changes at NASA, or get ready to move on. Middle managers, the leadership of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a warning for you: Go with the agency's cultural reforms, or go away. "If we can't change the people, we'll change out the people," says ...

Breaking Through

May 15, 2004 The Federal Aviation Administration is scrambling to find its path as gridlock looms in the skies. Few frequent fliers will forget summer 2000. A record 697 million passengers boarded airplanes in the United States that year. In June alone, a third of all departures were delayed or canceled due to ...

Safety assessments released on four NASA projects

May 12, 2004 The reports from the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, based at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are laced with reminders about managing risk, listening to dissenters, certifying flight hardware and limiting workloads. "We will be communicating the lessons and assigning actions across the agency," NESC director Ralph Roe told ...

Saving the Shuttle

May 1, 2004 Marked for death in 2010, the troubled space shuttle could find new life as a rocket to the moon and Mars. Long after the winged orbiter completes its last mission, its external fuel tank and twin solid-fuel boosters could continue flying. Strategists in government and industry hope to convince NASA's ...

NASA's Next Step

April 15, 2004 Before sending explorers to Mars, the space agency must search its own soul. nce proud, cocky, even arrogant, NASA has been humbled. Not only by the Columbia and Challenger catastrophes, but by its inability to find, let alone fix, the core problem that led to those tragedies. NASA might have ...

Culture crash

April 1, 2004 NASA hires an outside consulting firm to help it break a tradition of business behavior that has compromised safety. cknowledging that a can-do culture run amok was as much to blame as wing damage for the crash last year of the space shuttle Columbia, NASA has hired a consulting firm ...

NASA exploration office charts new procurement territory

March 3, 2004 Rather than obtain innovative equipment the old-fashioned way--by purchasing it--NASA plans to send America to the moon, Mars and beyond on technological breakthroughs resulting from a series of contests with cash prizes. Executives of the space agency's new Office of Exploration Systems detailed their plans in a briefing to industry ...

NASA looks to improve asset management

February 25, 2004 The Reston, Va., company credited with giving NASA its financial information backbone is turning its attention to another part of the space agency's anatomy -- integrated asset management. Last June, Accenture implemented software for the core financial module of NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program, which connected 10 field offices to ...

Report spawns rethinking about NASA's reliance on contractors

August 27, 2003 The report of the space shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board issued this week blamed more than falling foam insulation for the destruction of the shuttle and the deaths of its crew. It accused NASA of allowing itself to be lulled into complacency by repeated debris strikes that didn't grievously harm ...