NASA Staff Meeting Minutes 27 March 1995

Subject: Time: 12:04 PM OFFICE MEMO Staff Meeting Minutes 3/27/95
Date: 3/28/95 Minutes of Senior Staff and Center Directors' Meeting March 27, 1995

The following documents the discussions addressed at the Senior Staff and Center Directors' Meeting on March 27, 1995. Action assignments are bolded. Mr. Goldin was not in attendance.

1. AA Reports E/Freeman: A meeting with Paul Almeida, President, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, is scheduled at 9 a.m. on March 30, 1995, at NASA Headquarters, to discuss the NASA Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Plan. On March 27 and 28, a training program for Equal Opportunity Officers will be held at NASA Headquarters. Topics to be addressed include equal opportunity, affirmative action, update on the "glass ceiling," and Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. Freeman provided for the record NASA's responses to the Federal Affirmative Employment Review (Enclosure 1).

P/Vincent: A majority of today's press inquiries have been regarding the upcoming Reinventing Government Phase II (REGO II) Press Conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

H/Lee: Ms. Lee stated that they have received several Contracting Officer's Technical Representatives (COTR) recusing themselves from various contractual actions. Additional assistance may be required from the technical codes to backfill for these COTR's. Ms. Lee again reiterated the importance of reviewing requirements before generating a procurement in light of the downsizing and restructuring of organizations.

Y/Kennel: The 1995 Senate Appropriations Rescission bill reduced the MPTE portion from $28M to $20M. The second Earth sensor on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite went down on March 22--workaround using star tracker data. The Microwave Sounding Unit that failed on NOAA-14 was reactivated for short periods last week. These reactivations were successful and the unit was able to perform the scanning sequence but was then shut down to allow time to further study and understand why the mechanism initially stalled. Additional tests are planned. The Earth Observing System Common Spacecraft Request for Proposal has been modified for a two-firm buy plus options for up to two additional spacecraft in lieu of the original three-common-spacecraft buy with an option for a fourth buy.

Z/Accola: OSTP is hosting a Science Leadership Exchange meeting on March 28. Alan Ladwig, Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans, will be speaking to the group. NASA representatives and NASA Advisory Council members are slated to attend.

I/Schumacher: On March 22 and 23, the ESA Council, the governing body of the 14-member-state European Space Agency, met in Paris and reaffirmed the elements of Europe's intended contribution to the international Space Station program. Funding issues will continue to be worked by the member states in preparation for the European Space Ministers meeting scheduled for October 18 through 20. President Clinton will be visiting Russia in early May as part of the V-E Day celebration activities. The American Embassy will be blacked out the first week of May in preparation for the President's visit. The Russians will be celebrating May 1 through 10--limited interaction during this period is expected.

X/Mansfield: The NASA exhibits at the NSTA conference were excellent.

F/Armstrong: As of midafternoon on March 24, Agency buyout numbers were 1623, including 68 SES'ers. Headquarters buyouts were at 110, including 29 SES'ers. A memorandum has been sent to the Center Directors advising that applications will be accepted until March 31. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this morning (March 27) for the Career Transition Assistance Center (CTAC) which is located in the OCC Building. Two seminars have already been conducted with over 30 people attending each session. While any employee may use the CTAC programs, the seminars will give preference to any individual who has signed up for the March 31, 1995, buyout. The service will be available to employees taking advantage of the buyout opportunity for up to 6 months past March 31. MSFC's CTAC is also to open today (March 27), and the other Centers will follow shortly.

U/Rhome: Dr. Holloway is at ARC, along with Drs. Cordova and Huntress. Dr. Nicogossian is attending the 11th Man in Space Conference in Toulouse, France. Mr. Rhome provided a pamphlet on the Reduced-Gravity Demonstrator--A Miniature Drop Tower for Education! (Enclosure 2). Mr. Rhome thanked LeRC for their assistance in developing the exhibit.

L/Heninger: Mr. Heninger provided the Congressional Hearing Calendar undated (Enclosure 3). The FY 1996 Budget Request hearings are as follows: The House Subcommittee on VA-HUD-IA (Chairman Lewis, R-CA), Committee on Appropriations, is scheduled for March 28 and 29, and the Senate Subcommittee on VA-HUD-IA (Chairman Bond, R-MO), Committee on Appropriations, remains on schedule for April 5. Attendees for the first day (March 28) of the hearing were identified for the record (Enclosure 4)--attendees for March 29 will be notified later. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to withdraw $150 million appropriated for NASA in 1995 (rescission bill). Additional floor amendments may be offered this week.

2. AD/Dailey

The front page of the Washington Post indicates that 55,000 contract and Government jobs will be lost by NASA in downsizing. The answer remains the same as was provided to you in the Response To Query--we do not know the numbers and/or locations of any cuts at this time. NASA has committed to absorb an additional $8 billion reduction in "buying power" over the next 5 years. Note: The $5 billion reduction, commonly cited, is the difference between the NASA budget through FY 2000 approved by Congress last year, and the NASA budget through FY 2000, presented to Congress for FY 1996. However, until the Zero-Base Review is completed and the 1997 budget is formulated, we will not know precisely where or when cuts will come. We are ahead of schedule in attaining our Full-Time Equivalent savings with the initial buyout of 1178 and the second buyout, currently at 1623. The Reinventing Government Phase II packet transmitted to the Associate Administrators, Center Directors, and Director, JPL, on March 24, 1995, was provided for the record (Enclosure 5). The overdue correspondence is under control. Gen. Armstrong interjected that we should be cautious about the buyout numbers-- they could shrink as well as grow. Applications can be pulled back until March 31.

3. Center Director Reports

ARC/Munechika: Drs. Cordova, Holloway, and Huntress are meeting with representatives from the University of California system and Stanford University to explore the privatization of certain scientific activities. DFRC/Szalai: Flight research has started on the Langley-developed vortex flow control concept on the F-18 High Angle of Attack Research Vehicle. The concept has civil and military aircraft. The flights are monitored in real time in a Langley control room, as part of the aeronautics "virtual-Center" concept using information technology. GSFC/Klineberg: On GOES-J, the imaging electronics have been pulled--no impact to launch date. The Microwave Sounding Unit on NOAA-14 will continue to be shut down until a fix is implemented that would command the unit's motor to shut down, should the scanning sequence stop again. At the request of the STS, the TDRS launch has been moved up 3 weeks. Pegasus motors have been shipped. The X-ray Timing Explorer is out of thermal vacuum--leaking Proportional Counter Array detector will have to be changed out. Danzante, formerly the Second TDRSS Ground Terminal, at the White Sands Complex is fully operational--the other one has been shut down.

JSC/Huntoon: The orbiter is on its way back from Edwards AFB, California-- currently at Abilene, Texas. Between March 31 and April 10, a team of high-level Russian experts, headed by Academician Vladimir Utkin, will be examining issues relative to the Phase I Shuttle-Mir program. Academician Utkin's team is the Russian counterpart to NASA's Review Team led by General Tom Stafford. The delegation is at JSC this week--visits are scheduled to MSFC, KSC, and NASA Headquarters as well. JSC is hosting the Manned Flight Awareness program honorees this week in concert with the completion of the international Space Station Incremental Design Review for Phase I. On April 3 through 5, JSC is hosting the National AIAA Conference in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Air Force at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Mr. Goldin and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) are slated to attend.

LaRC/Holloway: Mr. Holloway expressed delight that Arnold Holz was able to visit LaRC on March 24. He also stated that Allan T. (Terry) Morris was the 1995 Recipient of the Dr. George M. Low Memorial Engineering Fellowship at the 38th Goddard Memorial Dinner on March 24. Also, LaRC entered the State of Virginia competition for the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award. They have been notified that they are a finalist, and the winner will be announced on April 20 at a 2- day conference in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Holloway expressed his congratulations to Commander Oswald (STS-67 mission) for the outstanding results achieved on the Middeck Active Control Experiment. The baseline experiment plan called for 6 days of testing and 220 test protocols. Commander Oswald completed 13 days of testing and over 580 test protocols. The students and Principal Investigator are extremely impressed with the data results.

LeRC/Campbell: The Preliminary Design Review for the solar dynamics demonstration has been completed. Ms. Susan Hennie was the 1995 Recipient of the James E. Webb Memorial Space Administration Fellowship at the Goddard Memorial Dinner.


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