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Contracting Enters the New Frontier

August 15, 2003 or years, the name NASA has been synonymous with technological advancement. Now, as the agency seeks to recover from the space shuttle Columbia tragedy, it is also trying to position itself at the cutting edge of acquisition reform. But with about 87 percent of its $15 billion budget for fiscal ...

Shuttle Shake-Up

August 1, 2003 The Columbia disaster spawns rethinking about NASA's reliance on contractors. t is difficult to deny what was captured on videotape 81 seconds after the space shuttle Columbia lifted off on its 28th and final mission. The Jan. 16 recording shows a catastrophe in the making-a chunk of insulating foam, about ...

Shuttle investigation overshadows new NASA strategic plan

April 18, 2003 Investigators probing the space shuttle Columbia disaster upstaged the release of NASA's new strategic plan Thursday. The Feb. 1 shuttle catastrophe itself upstaged the original release of the plan with the agency's 2004 budget request nearly three months ago. Less than an hour before NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe took the ...

NASA denies allegations surrounding dismissal of safety advisers

February 6, 2003 Top managers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are reacting with surprise to a published report that claims the agency dismissed several of its top safety advisers because it did not agree with their advice. NASA fired five members of its independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and two of ...

NASA opens itself to scrutiny in wake of shuttle tragedy

February 5, 2003 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is earning kudos for candor in the face of tragedy. As a probe into the shuttle Columbia disaster begins, NASA is promising a full, open and honest recounting of the facts as soon as investigators find them. The agency's deputy associate administrator for space ...

Independent panel surveys shuttle debris area

February 4, 2003 An independent government panel assembled to probe the space shuttle Columbia disaster surveyed the debris area over Texas for the first time Tuesday. The panel, known as the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board, met for the first time Monday at Louisiana's Barksdale Air Force Base. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe ...

It Doesn't Take A Rocket Scientist

June 1, 2002 For the first time since Apollo, America's space agency is being run by a budgeteer, not a rocketeer. Can Sean O'Keefe get NASA back on track? ix weeks into his job as head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sean O'Keefe was 195 feet above Launch Pad 39A at ...

The Few, the Tired

April 15, 2001 A decade of downsizing and budget tightening has left NASA exploring the universe with a less experienced staff and older equipment. wice last October, Jorge Rivera's work delayed the launch of the space shuttle's 100th mission. But the NASA civil servant didn't get a reprimand. Instead, he got a medal. ...

Midcourse Correction

September 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com ith the flight of the first female space shuttle commander and the promise of captivating findings about life on Mars from two robot probes, 1999 should have been a banner year for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Instead, it will be remembered for its disappointments. Air Force Col. ...

Everything Must Go!

August 1, 1999 istorically on the leading edge of technology, NASA now is on the leading edge of government privatization. The nation's premier research-and-development agency is rapidly selling itself off to the private sector, outsourcing everything from desktop computers to rocket science in its efforts to control or cut costs. Although the 40-year-old ...