NASA Staff Meeting Minutes 4 April 1996

Subject: 4/3/95 staff meeting minute Date: Tuesday, April 04, 1995 5:03PM
Subject: Time: 12:04 PM OFFICE MEMO

4/3/95 staff meeting minutes

Date: 4/4/95 Minutes of Senior Staff and Center Directors' Meeting April 3, 1995

The following documents the discussions addressed at the Senior Staff and Center Directors' Meeting on April 3, 1995. Action assignments are bolded. Mr. Goldin was not in attendance.

1. AA Reports

E/Hall: The NHPA, IFPTE, Local 9, filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority's Washington Regional Office. Local 9 was requesting a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the issuance of NASA's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Plan. The Regional Director rendered a decision that the TRO on the Plan is not warranted and the issuance of the complaint is not warranted. Also, a letter from John N. Sturdivant, National President, American Federation of Government Employees, has been received that reaffirms AFGE's support to implement the Plan. Dr. Freeman will provide copies of the letter to the Officials-in-Charge of NASA Headquarters Offices. Nineteen proposals were received in response to the Minority University Research Centers' (MURC) solicitation announcement, CAN-OEOP-95-1. Ten solicitations were received from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and nine were from Other Minority Universities (OMU). Four OMU institutions were deemed ineligible. The MURC Program plans to make six awards under this announcement--two to HBCU's and four to OMU's. Individuals are urged to resolve more complaints. During FY 1994, there were 28 resolutions and only 10 for the first half of FY 1995. The costs for processing allegations of discrimination are rising. The costs for FY 1994 were $466,123 and for FY 1995, $122,833.

R/Whitehead: S. Michael Hudson, President, Allison Engine Company, announced March 24, 1995, that they were acquired by Rolls-Royce. Code R is working, in concert with Code L, in developing a response to a recent inquiry received from Senator Kennedy (D-MA) concerning the acquisition.

I/Schumacher: On March 31, Masato Yamano, President of the National Space Development Agency of Japan, resigned. Mr. Takashi Matsui, the former Vice President, is serving as Acting President. Last week, the U.S. and Japanese negotiating teams reached ad referendum agreement on the texts of a government-to- government agreement on cross-waiver of liability and an exchange of diplomatic notes addressing the issue of subrogated claims. In Japan, after approval by the Cabinet, the agreement is to be submitted to the Diet during the current session, which ends in mid-June. Dr. Vladimir Utkin, the Russian counterpart to General Stafford for the joint independent review of Shuttle-Mir activities, is leading a team of Russian experts to review Phase I activities at JSC, MSFC, and KSC during the next couple of weeks. In light of President Clinton's decision to attend World War II commemoration events in Russia, May 9 to 10, all U.S. Government travel to Moscow between April 12 and May 12, unrelated to the President's trip will probably be banned by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. On April 7, there is a planning meeting of the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission Space Committee. The next meeting of the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission is tentatively scheduled for June 29 and 30.

U/Nicogossian: We are receiving daily reports on the activities of the Mir-18 crew-- all activities are proceeding nominally.

F/Armstrong: As of 4 p.m. on March 31, Agency buyout numbers were 1616-- approximately 70 buyout applications were rescinded. There were a total of 75 SES'ers Agencywide and Headquarters buyouts were at 110. A final polling of the Field Installations is in process. Officials-in-Charge of NASA Headquarters Offices and Field Installation Directors will be notified of the final numbers in a memorandum to be issued this week. The Program/Project Management Initiative that was kicked off in June 1994 has been renamed the Project Manager's Development Process. Materials and a 13-minute videotape, describing the process, are available for distribution to the Field Centers.

L/Heninger: Mr. Heninger provided the Congressional Hearing Calendar dated April 3, 1995 (Enclosure). The final FY 1996 Budget Request hearing is scheduled for April 5 before the Senate Subcommittee on VA-HUD-IA (Chairman Bond, R-MO), Committee on Appropriations. Attendees for the hearing are the same as last week. On April 6, the House Subcommittee on Government programs (Chairman Torkildson, R-MA), Small Business Committee, is holding a hearing on the Small Business Innovative Research program. Bob Norwood, Code R, along with witnesses from SBA, DOE, DOEd, and GAO, are slated to testify.

Y/Townsend: The Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched ORBCom today (April 3) aboard a Standard Pegasus. ORBCom is carrying an engineering model of an EOS lightning imager on board. Dr. Kennel is briefing Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) on the EOSDIS. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is still in safehold. If plans are successful to complete a workaround with the solar array B-drive, instruments will be turned on April 5. SAGE/TOMS technical meetings with the Russians are being held at LaRC April 3 thru 13. SAGE is scheduled for launch in 1998 and TOMS in 2000, aboard a Russian Meteor-3 spacecraft. The Microwave Sounding Unit on NOAA-14 continues to scan in short periods--this is a positive sign since this is a critical instrument on the spacecraft. Dr. Townsend and Gen. Dailey are meeting at 2 p.m. today (April 3) to discuss TOPEX/Poseidon follow-on.

2. AD/Dailey

The overdue correspondence is under control. The April 10 telecon is canceled because of the Continuous Improvement Conference on April 10 and 11. On April 12, the Headquarters Honor Awards ceremony will be held in the Health and Human Services auditorium. On April 18, a Senior Management Meeting will be held to discuss the Zero-Base Review. Mr. Goldin will not be in attendance. On May 10, a Senior Management Meeting will be held to report the results of the Zero-Base Review with Mr. Goldin. Joe Rothenberg will be named as the GSFC Deputy Center Director today (April 3). The notification is scheduled to be released from GSFC at approximately 3 p.m. The Hill is being notified. Mr. Rothenberg's effective date is April 24.

3. Center Director Reports

ARC/Munechika: The Infrared Telescope in Space was launched (Japanese launch) on March 16, and the aperture cover was removed on March 29. The mid-infrared spectrometer instrument is a joint development effort between ARC and the University of California at Berkeley. The spectrometer is one of four instruments flying on this mission. NASA has completed testing the power and control systems aboard the Galileo spacecraft probe, which is scheduled to separate from the main orbiter July 10 and arrive at Jupiter on December 7. George N. Ahmaogak, Mayor of the North Slope Borough, Alaska, visited ARC on March 30 to discuss the resulting new technology from NASA's Advanced Life Support Program.

GSFC/Klineberg: On March 30, at East Windsor, New Jersey, a tremendous crack was heard, which when investigated, was liquid nitrogen that had been dripping on support beams, holding the Polar spacecraft. The repair was done with the support beams in place. There is a 3- to 4-day schedule loss.

JSC/Abbey: Academician Utkin's team is at JSC on April 3 and 4, then will be traveling to MSFC. The STS-71 docking system tests have been completed in Russia. The integration tests at KSC also went well. The Spektr launch delay (May 20 or 21) may affect the STS-71 launch as well as subsequent manifested launches. The international Space Station Incremental Design Review for Phase I was completed last week--everything went well, including the joint program review with the Russians. The Mir-18 mission, with Norm Thagard on board, is also going extremely well.

KSC/Thomas: On STS-70, the installation of main engine #1 is being delayed until a replacement high-pressure oxidizer turbopump can be received from Stennis Space Center. On April 5, an Atlas launch is scheduled with a commercial payload from Cape Canaveral AFS. KSC ended up with a total of 165 buyouts, including 5 SES'ers.

LaRC/Holloway: A Russian delegation will be at LaRC this week to discuss the SAGE/TOMS Meteor interfaces. LaRC buyouts totaled 272. LaRC's Alumni League sponsored a "Buyout" party which was a festive and nostalgic event. Mr. Holloway would encourage similar events for other Centers and NASA Headquarters to consider. Francis Ragallo, a former LaRC employee credited for pioneering the parasail industry, will be inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame at the U.S. Space Foundation National Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this week. LaRC is preparing for the Second Technology Opportunity Showcase that will be held on April 5. Over 1400 people have preregistered for the event in comparison to 900 last year--900 company representatives are expected to attend. The event has received fantastic press coverage.

LeRC/Campbell: On March 31, Mr. Goldin's visit to Cleveland included a breakfast with industry and academia officials, a 7-minute television program, an editorial board, an excellent speech to the Cleveland City Club on the vision of NASA, and a meeting with a group of high school students. A collaborative effort in advanced propulsion instrumentation, primarily for aircraft turbine engines, was formed on March 8. 1995. Charter members included all six of the aircraft turbine engine manufacturers, three Air Force R&T organizations, and LeRC. LERC completed a Source Evaluation Board for the follow-on to the Aerospace Research and Development Support contract. Six proposals were received, five were evaluated. The process used by the Board resulted in a significant decrease from the time between receipt of proposals, selection of winning team, and award of the contract. The evaluation was completed in 93 days from receipt of the proposals, in comparison to the standard goal of 120 days. No further negotiations were required. The process was faster and the selection has not been protested. A photovoltaic power system, built by a team of engineers in the Power Technology Division, has completed a third successful season of operation at Lake Hoare in the Antarctic. Originally deployed in October 1992, the system was integrated into a newly renovated facility this year, in continuing to supply the Antarctic field team with power to support both their living quarters and a small laboratory. Prior to installation of the system at the site, power had been supplied by diesel generators which require fuel and produce objectionable exhaust gases and noise.

MSFC/Bridwell: Bob Schwinghamer reported that engine 2036 will be removed at KSC to replace the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) high-pressure oxidizer turbopump . P&W certification pump unit 8011 was found to have lost a portion of a tantalum impeller weight when it was inspected upon completion of its certification. P&W pump no. 14 with the improved stainless steel type balance weight will be expedited to KSC to replace the potentially defective unit 12 in engine 2036 for STS-70.

SSC/Estess: Stennis hosted the Zero-Base Review last week. Preparations are being completed for Mr. Goldin's Center visit scheduled for April 12 and 13. Gen. Dailey is scheduled to make his visit on April 20 and 21. The city of Slidell has leased the Slidell Computer Complex to DoD's Defense Information Agency.

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