Keith's note: Dava Newman was chosen as the nominee for NASA Deputy Administrator 5 months ago in October 2014. We have heard nothing since then. Dava Newman has yet to testify before the Senate (and get their approval) so it is unclear when she will be formally confirmed. With impending food fights in the Republican-led Congress, such routine things as nominations may be stalled - or (worse) may become opportunities to score partisan points against the Administration - with the nominee taking the brunt of the negative energy.
Meanwhile, Charlie Bolden has been telling senior NASA staff that he intends to be doing
"a lot of traveling in my final two years". Stay Tuned.
Keith's update: Word has it that Dava Newman will be present with Charlie Bolden at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday.