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Daniel P. Matthews

September 15, 2005 Transportation Daniel P. Matthews Chief Information Officer Transportation Department Chief Information Officer Daniel P. Matthews is a self-professed baseball nut. He roots for the Red Sox, holds Washington Nationals season tickets and subscribes to the Yogi Berra adage, "It ain't over till it's over." At budget time, that becomes a...

Patricia Dunnington

September 15, 2005 NASA Patricia Dunnington Chief Information Officer The space shuttle's return to flight July 26 was one of the biggest events in Internet history. Web users watched about 433,000 simultaneous streams of NASA TV through Yahoo! and Akamai Technologies during Discovery's launch. The webcast exemplifies the value that Chief Information Officer...

Gwendolyn Sykes

September 15, 2005 NASA Gwendolyn Sykes Chief Financial Officer At his confirmation hearing in April, NASA's 11th administrator told senators the agency's chief financial officer, Gwendolyn Sykes, wasn't getting all the resources she needed. She says Michael Griffin kept his promise to see what else could be done to clean up a data...

Mission Control

September 7, 2005 What's a government agency to do when tens of thousands of people suddenly come knocking? If you're NASA, you'll open the door and let them in- and just hope you can keep track of them all. Crowd control was one of the agency's toughest challenges when it launched the shuttle...

Pulling the Plug

September 1, 2005 Without Russian partnership, NASA could lose access to the space station. At least one U.S. citizen has lived aboard the International Space Station 24-7 since November 2000, but unless the Earth-orbiting outpost is exempted from an act of Congress that prohibits NASA from paying Russia for transportation services, the hatch...

Mission Control

September 1, 2005 NASA faces more than technical challenges when it tries to launch a space shuttle. What's a government agency to do when tens of thousands of people suddenly come knocking? If you're NASA, you'll open the door and let them in-and just hope you can keep track of them all. Crowd...

Task force members rap NASA effort to return shuttle to flight

August 18, 2005 Seven members of a group that monitored NASA's effort to return space shuttles to flight last month say the agency compromised astronaut safety by setting unrealistic deadlines and cutting technical corners to meet them. "The return-to-flight effort, when taken as a whole, was not effectively led or managed," the group...

Shooting the Moon

August 15, 2005 NASA taps in-house talent to slow spending and speed missions. In June, 18 months after President Bush directed NASA to return astronauts to the moon and then send them to Mars, lawmakers who hold NASA's purse strings were pressing Michael Griffin for answers. How will we get there? When will...

New Energy

August 15, 2005 Bids for long-held Los Alamos National Lab usher in an era of procurement reform. More than 60 years after scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory rocked the world with the first test of an atomic bomb, the New Mexico nuclear weapons facility is about to feel the earth move again....

Cosmic Contests

August 15, 2005 NASA offers prize money to build a space elevator and more out-of-this-world inventions. Pay a visit to Mountain View, Calif., in early autumn, and you'll wonder whether you've stepped right into the pages of Arthur C. Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise. The 1978 science fiction novel envisioned the construction of...

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