White House Update On NASA

Keith's note: According to a media briefing with senior Administration officials at the White House today Bill Nelson will be sworn in on Monday by Vice President Harris - with some "special touches". The White House is in the process of searching for an executive secretary for the National Space Council. No word on when that will be announced. The White House will also be keeping the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. VP Harris will be chairing the NSpC and will be meeting with the UAG and stakeholders as well.

Otherwise the guide word is "continuity" with regard to the overall space policy left in place by the Trump Administration -- with a focus on Biden/Harris priorities: peaceful norms of behavior in space; peaceful exploration with allies and partners; STEM education;
climate change; diversity in the workforce; regional economic development: and
ensuring cyberspace security in space activities.

According to one White House official in the briefing the Vice President's approach is going to be "to be to get the job done and not focus on big displays" which would seem to be a reference to the campaign style stunts that the Trump Administration liked to morph various space-themed meetings and events into - often with a reduced focus on actual substance.

- Sen. Bill Nelson Statement on National Space Council, NASA

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