The effects of the shutdown are steadily increasing, including for the #aerospace & defense industry. Our new series, which will continue each week until the government is fully funded, shares the impact of the #GovernmentShutdown on A&D. Read more: https://t.co/f0YIAehYQQ— Aerospace Industries (@AIAspeaks) January 18, 2019
AAS community, we have put together (and are regularly updating) a "Shutdown Central" page on our website to be a source of information. If you have more information to add or stories to share, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. https://t.co/XmOAdUUrhy— AAS Public Policy (@AAS_Policy) January 18, 2019
One of @NASA's main problems right now is communicating with its workforce since memos and updates are sent to government and contractor email accounts that cannot be accessed during the #governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/RPnOQSENj6— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 18, 2019
I am an Uber driver in the Bay Area and I am offering free rides to government employees during the shut down. If you live in Scott valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos ,Freedom, Watsonville please Just gives me a Call at (8319008444) and I will pick you up for free.— Khaled W Moslimany (@kwm009) January 18, 2019
FYI @NASA employee unions: when you have these events for furloughed people remember that its not just civil servants who aren't working. Its the larger contractor community too. Civil servants will be paid. Contractor employees have no such assurances. #Governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/LDbCbps50N— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 17, 2019
Space Sciences Institute just issued a stop-work order to everyone there funded by a Federal grant (which I guess is almost everyone). #ShutdownStories— M.-M. Mac Low (@astrocurator) January 17, 2019
The NASA Postdoctoral Program contract runs out of money tomorrow. This means its fellows - some of the best and brightest space scientists in the world - will go without pay starting Friday. These folks are contractors, which means they aren't covered by the backpay bill.— Shawn Domagal-Goldman (@shawndgoldman) January 17, 2019
USRA is making funds available to @NASA Postdoctoral Program fellows to ensure their financial security through the shutdown. We do not expect any interruption to fellows on J-1 visas. We are in contact with NPP fellows and NASA. We appreciate the concern for fellows' wellbeing.— USRA (@USRAedu) January 17, 2019
"The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) will host a Community Support Open House for People Impacted by the Government Shutdown from 1-3pm this Thursday, January 17 at the NIA, 100 Explorations Way in Hampton."
"Ames civil servants and contractors are invited to an informal "drop-in" event at the Tee Minus One Bar & Grill at the Moffett Field Golf Course on Thursday, January 17, from 10am to 1pm. Please feel free to come by at any time during this period to get some information or just connect with your colleagues."
"I am reaching out on behalf of NASA's leadership to provide you with an update on the government shutdown and provide information and resources during this difficult time. While some of this information may be repetitive, we wanted to take this opportunity to both provide you with the updated information we currently have as well as highlight important issues. First, I understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. So, I would like to thank you all for your commitment and patience as the lapse in funding continues. As a reminder, important information is being added to NASA's shutdown public website on a regular basis so please remember to visit often."
NASA employess have created a LinkedIn Group to share Government Shutdown information: "The group offers people affected by shutdown chance to look for temporary opportunity. Businesses can find talented workforce to solve problems on temporary basis without long-term commitment."
Funding furloughed NASA postdocs, GoFundMe
"This is an emergency for these folks, both financially and professionally. A lack of funding for them will push them to find other jobs, and could lead to a significant brain drain for the United States space sciences community. So we are starting a GoFundMe campaign to allow them to continue their research during the government shutdown."
#Governmentshutdown rally at @NASA_Ames on Friday— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
• 10:30 am: Help Room/Rally HQ, Ramada Inn, 55 Fairchild Dr.,Mountain View
• 12:30 pm: Walking Protest Procession - Ramada to NASA Ames
• 1:00 pm: RALLY @ NASA Ames Research Center Main Gate#NASA #shutdown pic.twitter.com/M9oXtaCV5X
#NASA has hurled technology out of our solar system and has peered back at the dawn of creation. Yet this all comes to a halt when politicians back on Earth argue instead of govern. #governmentshutdown #shutdown pic.twitter.com/FB6FjuJu25— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Sources report @ISS_CASIS is working to create a for-profit commercial arm of CASIS to compete with the private sector and they are doing it using #NASA funds. This is in overt conflict with both the cooperative agreement CASIS has with @NASA Congressional authorizing legislation— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Apparently the number of companies willing to use their own money to develop experiments for @ISS_CASIS has all but dried up. Not sure other companies will stand for a government-subsidized competitor competing for government subsidized launches.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
"During the conversation, Dmitry Rogozin and Jim Bridenstine stressed that Roscosmos and NASA are committed to the goal of space exploration," Roscosmos said. "They agreed to continue cooperating, both on the program of the International Space Station and Moon exploration projects, and on other missions of exploring outer space. Dmitry Rogozin invited NASA's head to visit Russia and Baikonur [spaceport] in the next few months, in order to discuss all relevant issues in person. Jim Bridenstine confirmed his readiness to make a working visit to Russia," the Russian space agency added."
"According to Rogozin, the heads of the two space agencies needed to discuss further interaction. NASA press secretary Megan Powers later told TASS that Bridenstine did not plan to make trips abroad, including to Russia, in the imminent future."
Keith's note: Nothing from NASA about this ...Categories: Russia
"But Keith Cowing, editor of NASA Watch, a website devoted to space news, suspects the duration and frequency of the shutdowns soon will plant seeds of doubt in peoples' mind about working at the history-making space agency. "A lot of people take a salary cut to work at NASA," Cowing said. "But when you can't pay the bills and you have to do chores for your landlord for rent, there's nothing worse than having your dream job taken away from you because of this." A decision like that is a heartbreaking one, Cowing said, but it's one that the next shutdown could force people to make. "There's nothing worse than thinking, 'My god, I got to NASA and I can't afford to stay here,'" he said."
"NASA has been a very attractive place for people to go to work," Shearon, the president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." "If you're a young person coming out of college today, and you've got maybe an advanced degree in engineering or science, and you take a look and you say wait a second, how could it possibly be that NASA scientists are not working, and they're at home not getting paid? That's not what I went to school for," he continued. "My love of science is far greater than my love for my employer."Categories: Shutdown, Workforce
"STATUS: OFFICE CLOSURE FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC area are CLOSED. Emergency employees and telework employees continue to work."
"Goddard's Greenbelt campus is currently operating under a Code Red status through Monday, Jan. 14. The campus is closed and only critical and emergency personnel will be permitted access. Only those who report to campus during normal Code Red activities should access the facility. For furloughed employees, your status remains unchanged. All employees who enter Goddard's Greenbelt campus during a Code Red operating status are required to sign in at the main gate."
Keith's note: The GSFC status was sent out at Sunday January 13th, 2019: 09:05 p.m. EST to GSFC employees well after OPM closed government offices in the DC area due to snow.
Federal Workers At Nasa Eligible For Emergency Loans During Shutdown, San Francisco Chronicle
"A union for federal workers at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View is offering emergency loans to assist employees who have not been paid during the partial government shutdown. The Ames Federal Employees Union is giving members $100 and has arranged for up to $2,500 in loans through the Menlo Survey Federal Credit Union."
"Friday was the first time since the government shutdown last month that thousands of furloughed federal workers didn't get paid. NASA civil servants are among them. An "Employee Furlough Support Open House" was held in the Clear Creek area on Friday. KHOU 11 spoke with several engineers who said they never expected the shutdown to last this long."
"Nearly 60 people had turned out for the meeting of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2061 in Cape Canaveral seeking answers about how to endure the stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress over a border wall with Mexico."Categories: Shutdown
You have now been caught on a Facebook ad. You arrive at the petition page at watchusfly.com which claims that "Watch U.S. Fly is a community of Americans that believes that America should lead the world in technological advancements. We realize that in order to maintain our edge, American aerospace must have the support of policymakers so they can continue to chart the future." In the lower corner in a small, faint font, it says "Copyright © 2019 Boeing"
"Boeing Services often contain cookies or similar technologies from third-party providers that help us compile statistics about the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns, perform analytics, enable social networking features, and other operations. These technologies enable the third-party providers to set or read their own cookies or other identifiers on your device, through which they can collect information about your online activities across the Services and other, unaffiliated devices, applications, websites, or services... Boeing also enables cookies and third-party tracking mechanisms to collect your information for use in interest-based advertising. For example, third parties use the fact that you visited our Services to target online ads for Boeing services to you on non-Boeing websites. In addition, our third-party advertising networks use information about your use of our Services to help target non-Boeing advertisements based on your online behavior in general... Data collected from a particular browser, app, or device can be used with a linked computer or device. For example, we or our third-party service providers display ads to you on your laptop based on the fact that you visited Boeing Services on your smartphone."
Remember, if you visit, its too late unless you have disabled cookies, use a VPN, etc. Most people do not. But if you sign the petition, they got you. Boeing never tells you who they will share and/or sell your data to. Nor do they tell you what these third parties will do with the tracking that they can now do based on your visit to the watchusfly.com site. Political campaigns can buy this information, Boeing can now make pro-Boeing, anti-someone else ads appear on your browser - as you probably know by now. We've taken notice of this creep behavior before (see links below). Boeing is doing a lot of lobbying and targeted media buys these days.
This is how big aerospace is using the same shady tactics that skewed the 2016 election for their own, undisclosed purposes. Congratulations, if you visited this stealth Boeing site you have now become part of this ongoing sneaky Boeing effort.
- Boeing's Misleading Anti-SpaceX Pro-SLS Facebook Ad Campaign, previous post
- Join Boeing's SLS Fan Club So They Can Track Your Activity, previous post Online
- Boeing's Creepy Petition Wants To Track Your Online Activity, previous post
SpaceX to lay off 10% of its workforce, LA Times
"SpaceX will lay off about 10% of its more than 6,000 employees, a person familiar with the matter said Friday."
"To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft anda global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team. We are grateful for everything they have accomplished and their commitment to SpaceX's mission. This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary."Categories: Commercialization
Keith's note: Below is an internal memo sent to employees of ZIN Technologies, a contractor at NASA GRC. Rumor has it that there will be a complete closure at ZIN in mid-February if the government shutdown persists.
"This memo is to advise all ZIN personnel of the fact that due to the Government shutdown of NASA, ZIN is currently not being paid for work you are performing. As a result, we must address our cash flow and take the following temporary actions. These actions are effective beginning Sunday January 13, 2019 and will first impact your paycheck dated February 5, 2019. Your paycheck for January 22, 2019 will not be effected."
Full memo below:Continue reading: NASA Contractors Implement Prolonged Shutdown Contingencies.
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