January 2003 Archives

GAO on workforce issues

31 January 2003: Report: GAO Performance and Accountability Series: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

"In its 2001 performance and accountability report on NASA, GAO identified important management, oversight, and workforce issues facing the agency. The information GAO presents in this report is intended to help sustain congressional attention and an agency focus on continuing to make progress in addressing these challenges - and others that have arisen since 2001 - and ultimately overcoming them."

January 2003



10 January 2003: STS-107 Safety Issue Being Worked


Internal NASA memo: "MP01/Alex McCool: The Shuttle Program is currently working one major safety
issue (cracked Orbiter ball strut) associated with the upcoming STS-107 Flight Readiness Review
this Thursday (1/9/03) and the subsequent launch on 1/16/03. MSFC employees put in long hours over the holiday break and worked in the spirit of One NASA with employees at other NASA Centers to test the Orbiter hardware and saw no potential issues as of this morning that would prohibit launch. The Shuttle Program team will reconvene this afternoon to assess the status of this issue."

January 2003: Space Shuttle Processing Status 9 Jan 2003

"No inspections are planned on Columbia related to the BSTRA ball crack evaluation."

GAO gives NASA thumbs up

17 January 2003: "Acquisition Workforce: Status of Agency Efforts to Address Future Needs", GAO (Acrobat)

20 January 2003: GAO reports on acquisition workforce, Federal Computer Week

"The departments of Energy and Veterans Affairs and the General Services Administration are developing plans to strengthen their acquisition workforce specifically, while NASA and the departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services are drafting overall plans to strengthen their workforces."

19 January 2003: Report lauds acquisition workforce training efforts, Government Executive

"GAO praised NASA and the VA for developing new information management systems so they can track current acquisition employees' skills sets and identify gaps they need to fill in the future. This is important because many agencies lack good data on their procurement workforces, such as information on workers' knowledge and skills sets, attrition rates and retirement rates, the report said."

15 January 2003: NASA Passes Audit With Flying Colors

Editor's note: word has it that NASA got a verbal confirmation today that it had passed an audit conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and that it would receive an "unqualified" rating. In other words - acceptable. The formal auditor's report is due in a few weeks. Quite a turn around from the last audit conducted during Dan Goldin's tenure - one that NASA flunked.

20 March 2002: NASA chief seeks to remedy accounting woes, Government Executive

1 March 2002: Audit of NASA Financial Statements, NASA OIG

28 February 2002: Results of federal agencies' fiscal 2001 audits, Government Executive



15 January 2003: ISSP Flight Readiness and Program Progress

15 January 2003: ISS Assembly Sequence Critical Path Assessment

15 January 2003: ISS Top Program Risks

15 January 2003: ISS Agreements/Barters/Offsets Status

15 January 2003: ISS Research Accommodations Status 4 December 2002 (Data through 30 November 2002)

Editor's note: Charts Source: ISS Monthly Program Review, Vol. 127, 6 December 2002

Hang on ... here we go ...

14 January 2003: Headquarters Implementation of the Core Financial System: Impact on Travel Voucher Processing and Payment

"NASA Headquarters will implement the Core Financial module of the Integrated Financial Management Program (IFMP) in February 2003. Implementation will result in a suspension of travel Voucher payments for vouchers submitted after January 17, 2003. The anticipated date for resuming voucher payments is March 10, 2003. The oldest and highest dollar value vouchers will be prioritized for payment beginning on March 10."

14 January 2003: NASA Improves Costing Capabilities by Making Galorath's SEER Tools Available Corporate-wide

"NASA began using SEER-H at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama in the early 1990's. Over the years, many of the other centers began using the tools and it became more economical to buy a corporate license, stated Hamaker, who worked as a cost engineer and analyst at Marshall before being promoted to headquarters. "In general, SEER is just a very good set of modeling tools," said Hamaker. "We are able to calibrate SEER to our historical track record and we've come to understand which parameters are applicable to NASA so our estimating can be continuously refined and more accurate."

Editor's note: I am a little confused. I thought NASA was overhauling its IFMP given that the old way of doing things was broken - or was it that NASA had the right tools but didn't use them?

WHere's my check?

10 January 2003: GRC Reimbursement System Back on Track?


A notice being circulated at GRC from a NASA Watch: "I just spoke with the bank - we can resume using our purchase cards."

From another reader at MSFC: "Thanks to the new NASA IFMP (Integrated Financial Management Program [Problem]) many people at MSFC did not get timely reimbursements for government travel. As a result, some travelers had their Bank of America (BoA) government cards cancelled when they were late with payments. I personally didn't receive a reimbursement (just under $1,000) until 1/3/03 for a trip I took at the end of 9/02. According to the 12/19/02 edition of the "Marshall Star", 300 NASA team members were honored with awards for their work on the IFMP and O'Keefe and Mulville attended the ceremony."


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