NASA Staff Meeting Minutes 16 February 1996

Subject: Time: 11:38 AM OFFICE MEMO senior Staff and Center Director's... Date: 2/16/96

Minutes of Senior Staff and Center Directors' Meeting February 12, 1996

The following documents the discussions addressed at the Senior Staff and Center Directors' Meeting on February 12, 1996. Action assignments are bolded.

1. AA Reports

B/Holz: Code B has discovered an upward trend in the unobligated fund balances for the past five years. Concern exists about the trend's growth rate and how it would be perceived by the Congress. Code B has recently issued two letters requesting the program offices and the Centers to examine each outstanding balance and provide Code BR with an a detailed analysis for each outstanding balance. These issues will then be briefed to General Dailey and Mr. Mott. Mr. Goldin added his support to Code B's initiative by stating that this has the potential of being a very serious problem. The Agency is concerned that this is being used as a cushion and is not representative of sound business practices. Mr. Goldin asked Mr. Holz to ensure that the billing process is reviewed as part of this review.

E/Reese: The EEO Officers Conference will be held February 13 and 14, 1996, in Hagarstown, MD.

AS/Cordova: On February 13, 1996, Mr. Goldin will share his views on the research and development of spacecraft with the NASA Science Council.

S/Huntress: Code S has three launches this month: Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) on February 16, 1996, Polar on February 22 and Tethered Satellite System-1 aboard STS-75 will also launch on February 22.

R/Whitehead: There was a very good newspaper article about the upcoming DARKSTAR reconnaissance flight test. This test will be conducted at DRFC. Christine Dardin was one of twelve individuals chosen to be represented on the AETNA Calendar for her work in aerospace research.

AB/Heffernan: Ed Heffernan was introduced as NASA's White House Liaison. Mr. Heffernan was appointed to this position on February 4, 1996.

I/Schumacher: Mr. Goldin will be travelling to Chile, Argentina and Brazil during the week of February 25, 1996. In Buenos Aires and Brasilia, Mr. Goldin's and Secretary of State Warren Christopher's schedules will coincide for the signing of space agreements. The new President of the French Space Agency, Alain Bensoussan, will meet with Mr. Goldin February 12, 1996. NASA's new Moscow representative, Doug Englund, has arrived in Moscow to assume his new duties. The MOU supporting the NASA/ASI Tethered Satellite System-1 Reflight aboard STS-75 has been signed and forwarded to Italy. On February 1, 1996, the State Department gave NOAA and NASA authorization to negotiate an MOU with the Indian Departments of Space and Science and Technology for Earth science cooperation. #254# Y/Kennel: Dr. Kennel provided a status on the GOES program. Code Y has been working with Japan to prevent the slipping of the TRMM mission. This is planned to be an agenda item with NASDA next week.

L/Lawrence: The hearing schedule is now available on the Code L Homepage. On March 12, 1996, the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space will conduct a hearing on the status of Space Station. The House Subcommittee on VA- HUD-IA will conduct a hearing March 20 on the status of the Shuttle and Station programs. On March 26 the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space will hold a hearing on the FY 1997 NASA Budget. The FY 1997 NASA Budget will be the subject of a hearing before the House's Subcommittee on VA-HUD-IA to be conducted on April 25.

P/Boeder: The NEAR mission has been receiving very good coverage . On February 14, 1996, Mr. Goldin will be interviewed by the local Washington, DC, Channel 4 weathermen.

U/Nicogossian: We are conducting the final preparation of the payloads for the launch of STS-75.

Z/Ladwig: The final interagency working group on the National Space Policy was cancelled last week due to a conflict between the intelligence community and Department of Defense. The Strategic Plan has been forwarded to the printers and should be available in several weeks. Mr. Ladwig expressed his appreciation for all of the hard work that has gone into building the Administrator's Report Card. It now includes over 500 management initiatives, and will be redesigned to be more user friendly. This information has already assisted in developing the National Performance Review report and to satisfy an IG inquiry. OMB has selected NASA as a case study for strategic planning and reinvention to be used in Federal training programs and to show to other Federal agencies.

C/Layton: Mr. Christensen wanted to remind HQ personnel of the wall-to-wall inventory that will be conducted next week on February 21 and 22, 1996.

Q/Gregory: STS-75 had several minor issues that where identified during the Flight Readiness Review, which should be cleared by L-2. The February 22, 1996, launch has been approved.

AO/Lynn: Ron West was introduced. Mr. West will assume the responsibilities as CIO on March 3, 1996.


2. AD/Dailey

The PMC Quarterly is scheduled for February 28, 1996. The next Strategic Planning Retreat has been rescheduled for March 27 and 28 at NASA HQ.

General Dailey expressed his appreciation to everyone who supported the Aeronautics and Astronautics Coordination Board meeting that was held at HQ on February 6, 1996.

Even though we failed in scheduling Performance Plan meetings with the Administrator earlier in the year, we will be scheduling mid-term Performance Reviews.

There appears to be some confusion concerning the term "Center of Excellence". There is only one designation of programmatic "Centers of Excellence" and that was issued with the discussion paper that you recently received. No other programmatic activities should be identified to a "Center of Excellence" without approval of the Administrator.

We will soon be gathering information on those functional areas that have been designared to a "Center of Excellence", for example, some of the CIO activities.

The correspondence has 65% overdue of 254 open actions. NASA has been the subject of a letter writing campaign; however, those letters do not constitute the bulk of the overdue actions.

3. Center Director Reports

ARC/Munechika: The press conference supporting the California Space Camp will be using ARC as a backdrop to the conference. Alan Shepard will be there as a spokesman for the Camp. Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) will visit the Center on February 15, 1996.

DRFC/Szalai: The first flight of the TU-144 has been slipped to the middle of March in Zhukovsky, Russia, which is south of Moscow.

JSC/Abbey: The Flight Readiness Review for the February 22, 1996, launch of STS- 75 has approved the mission for launch. Frank Culbertson is on his way to Moscow. On February 21, Shannon Lucid returns to the U.S. to continue her training for the March launch of STS-76. Priorda will launch in Mid-April.

KSC/Parish: NEAR will launch on February 16, 1996, at 3:53 p.m. with a 1 minute launch window.

LeRC/Campbell: The cooperative NASA LeRC/USAF Wright Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Speech Recognition Program has been successfully demonstrated on the LeRC OV-10A. The objective of the flight test program was to determine the recognition accuracy levels of a speech recognition system in a relatively harsh airborne environment where noise, vibration and g-loading factors could be examined. The system achieved word accuracy of 98 percent, matching the results obtained in benign laboratory conditions. This technology will assist with the design of advanced cockpits where speech recognition will augment the pilot's ability to control and display information. LeRC aeronautical three-dimensional laser window formation technology is being effectively transferred by the creation of a new short video for secondary applications. The creation of this video clarifies the most frequently asked questions regarding the successful implementation of this process. This video, in conjunction with previous reports, will allow LeRC to fulfill its requirements to the public in transferring secondary technology. On February 11, 1996, LeRC hosted the Eagle Scout promotion program. Congressman Stokes was the event's speaker for the promotion of 25 Eagle Scouts.

MSFC/Littles: The tethered satellite review showed that they had corrected the problems. There was an Aviation Week article published recently that claimed that NASA grounded engines due to problems with a high pressure fuel pump. This article was incorrect. The Honorable Lionel S. Johns, Assistant Director for Technology, the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, will visit the Center on February 13, 1996. Porter Bridwell's retirement dinner will be held on February 14, 1996, at MSFC.

SSC/Walk: Dr. Kennel's visit to the Center provided some good discussion and provided a sound sense of direction for our efforts. We will be meeting with Dr. Littles to discuss the Agency's propulsion plan. The initial meetings with the representatives from the state of Louisiana to discuss the transfer of the Iyuka plant to the state have gone very well. The Center is confident that the turnover can occur within the 30 day window mandated by Congressional language. The Department of Education has recommended and selected the Tri-State education initiative a Hammer Award. This type of program can make a difference, and serious consideration is being given to establish a similar program with Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.

4. A/Goldin

Mr. Goldin thanked Mr. Estess and everyone for the great job that they are doing.

NOTE: ACTION ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE TRANSMITTED UNDER SEPARATE COVER AND TRACKED BY THE HEADQUARTER'S CORRESPONDENCE OFFICE. SPECIFIC QUESTIONS MAY BE ADDRESSED TO LORIE PESONEN AT 358-4525.

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