Congress: July 1996 Archives

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office of the Administrator
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Jul 9 1996

The Honorable Christopher S. Bond
Subcommittee on VA-HUD- Independent Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

For the past 4 years, NASA has undertaken an effort to instill a renewed definition of excellence in the Agency's institution and the conduct of its research and technology programs. Driven initially by the need to formulate more realistic budgets and to achieve a streamlined workforce, NASA has embraced a philosophy of reinvention which extends beyond mandated reductions and focuses on maximizing the efficiency, effectiveness, and vitality of the Agency.

We have made significant progress toward a renewed NASA. In fact, more than half of the 7500 full-time equivalent (FTE) reductions needed in the civil service workforce to reach the target of 17,500 by FY 2000 mandated by reinvention have been accomplished through voluntary measures such as separation incentives, hiring freezes, attrition, and aggressive outplacement. In order to achieve the remaining 3500 reductions to reach that target, while maintaining the vitality of the Agency, I am requesting your support for legislation to be incorporated in H.R. 3666, the FY 1997 VA-HUD-Independent Agencies appropriations bill, which would permit NASA to offer separation incentives of up to $50,000 to its employees.



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