Personnel News: December 2002 Archives


25 December 2002: Roy S. Estess named recipient of space trophy, The Citizen

"Roy S. Estess, former director of the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, is the recipient of the prestigious 2003 National Space Trophy, said officials with the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation."

17 December 2002: NASA Senior Associate Deputy Administrator Daniel R. Mulville to Retire

"Mulville's retirement is effective Feb. 3, 2003. He became NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator in 1999. He served as NASA's Acting Administrator from Nov. 19 to Dec. 21, 2001, and directed NASA's daily operations pending confirmation of Administrator O'Keefe by the U.S. Senate."

17 December 2002: ESA's Ian Pryke Honored by Washington Space Community, SpaceRef

"Last night Ian Pryke, Head of the European Space Agency's Washington Office for two decades, was honored for his accomplishments. Pryke recently stepped down from his position and has been succeeded by Frederic Nordlund who has assisted Pryke for the past several years."

< 9 December 2002: Francis T. Hoban, 67; Official at NASA, GMU, Washington Post

7 December 2002: Notice, Washington Post

5 December 2002: Frank Hoban has died.

Editor's note: Frank Hoban passed away suddenly this morning at his residence in Taneytown, MD. On a personal note Frank and I got together for lunch often - but never often enough. He was one of the most engaging, witty, and knowledgeable folks NASA's family ever produced. Frank would often tell me some of the most amazing stories - ones which stretched all the way back to NASA's earliest days. In recent years he was almost obsessed with capturing NASA talent as people walked out the door at NASA (via buyouts or retirement) and bringing this expertise back to NASA on an as-needed basis. He will be missed.

5 December 2002: Dorothy Hayden-Watkins Named Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs, NASA HQ

5 December 2002: George Reese Moves to Education Initiatives Office, NASA HQ

27 November 2002: Arnauld Nicogossian Retires After More Than 30 Years With NASA

"Administrator Sean O'Keefe has announced the retirement of Arnauld E. Nicogossian, M.D., effective Jan. 3, 2003. Dr. Nicogossian will join the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he will head the Office of Medical Policy."

27 November 2002: Spence Armstrong to Retire from NASA

"Spence M. (Sam) Armstrong, Senior Advisor to NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, will retire from NASA effective Dec. 31, ending a career of public service that spans nearly half a century."

19 November 2002: Presidential Rank Awards, OPM

"Each year, the President recognizes and celebrates a small group of career Senior Executives with the President's Rank Award for exceptional long-term accomplishments... Distinguished rank recipients receive a lump-sum payment of 35 percent of their base pay; Meritorious rank recipients receive 20 percent of base pay. All recipients receive a framed certificate signed by the President."

2002 Distinguished Executive Award Winners:

"NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION: Ghassem Asrar, Nancy F. Bingham, Michael R. Luther, Samuel E. Massenberg, John D. Schumacher, Tereasa H. Washington"

2002 Meritorious Executive Award Winners:

"NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION: Shannon D. Bartell, Michael D. Christensen, Paula Cleggett, N. Jan Davis, Olga M. Dominguez, Douglas L. Dwoyer, Joseph Fries, Jay H. Greene, James E. Hansen, Jon C. Harpold, Terrence J. Hertz, James L. Jennings, John W. Kilpatrick, Dennis A. Kross, Kenneth W. Ledbetter, James D. Lloyd, Thomas S. Luedtke, Alison L. McNally, Robert R. Meyer, Daniel R. Mulville, Arthur F. Obenschain, Michael F. O'Brien, Vicki C. Pendergrass, William F. Readdy, Phillip A. Sabelhaus, Jack A. Salzman, Arun K. Sehra, Jerry W. Simpson, Darrel R. Tenney, Stephen J. Varholy, Edward J. Weiler, Diane E. Williams"

Editor's note: In both categories, only DoD had more winners. This is rather curious given the relative size of NASA to other Agencies and Departments. Such was also the case in 2001 (i.e. pre-O'Keefe).

7 November 2002: George W.S. Abbey Announces Retirement, NASA HQ

"George is a demanding leader who rarely accepts compromise," added Administrator O'Keefe."

Editor's note: An understatement, to be sure. A kind one at that given that Abbey was the first person to be moved out of a senior management position at NASA - barely a month into the Bush Administration - nearly a year before the President even got around to naming an Administrator.

29 October 2002: Condon Named Associate Director for Astrobiology and Space Programs, NASA ARC

"NASA Ames Research Center has appointed Estelle Condon as associate director for astrobiology and space programs. Condon has served as acting director of the Astrobiology and Space Research Directorate since March 2002."

29 October 2002: NASA Announces New Associate Administrator for Education

"Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced Dr. Adena Williams
Loston, The Administrator's Senior Advisor for Education, as
the Associate Administrator for Education at NASA
Headquarters in Washington, effective Oct. 28. She will be
responsible for guiding NASA's efforts to organize and
enhance agency education programs."

22 October 2002: Bill Stevenson has died

Editor's note: Bill Stevenson died Saturday at St. Lukes Hospital in Texas. He was 65 years old. I had the great pleasure of working with Bill at SSFPO in Reston.

Obituary and memorial service information, Houston Chronicle

17 October 2002: NASA Announces New Stennis Space Center Deputy Director

"Michael U. Rudolphi has been named Deputy Center Director for NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, effective in November after the next Space Shuttle launch, STS-113. As Deputy Director, Rudolphi will support Center Director William W. Parsons in managing NASA's rocket propulsion test capabilities and Earth Science applications."

16 October 2002: NASA Administrator Names Deputy Chief Financial Officer

"Gwendolyn Brown has been selected as NASA's Deputy Chief Financial Officer, effective Nov. 1. As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, she will manage day-to-day financial operations, direct the preparation and submission of annual financial and related reports, and coordinate Agency financial management activities with other related federal agencies."

16 October 2002: Mark K. Craig Named JSC Associate Director, Space Development and Commerce

"Prior to his work at Stennis, Craig served on the NASA administrator's staff at NASA HQ and was the principal architect of the NASA Strategic Plan. He became deputy director of Stennis in 1995 and acting director there in 2001."

11 October 2002: Gary L. Martin Named as NASA'S Future Technology Architect

"Gary L. Martin has been named to a key new position within the agency designed to help make NASA's future exploration and research goals possible. Martin, who has served as Assistant Associate Administrator for Advanced Systems in NASA's Office of Space Flight, will serve as the agency's Space Architect. The Space Architect reports to the Deputy Administrator. Martin will set NASA's future technology requirements and monitor development programs, to ensure systems will be ready when needed, to support next-generation science objectives."

26 September 2002: NASA Headquarters Names News Chief

"Robert Mirelson has been selected as the new Chief of News and Information at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Mirelson succeeds Bob Jacobs, who was named Media Services Director earlier this summer."

24 September 2002: Sam Venneri to retire

Editor's note: word has it that NASA Chief Technologist Sam Venneri will retire effective 3 October 2002.

20 September 2002: Houston College President Selected as Senior NASA Education Advisor

"Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President of San Jacinto College South in Houston, as the Senior Advisor for Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, effective next month."

19 September 2002: G. Scott Hubbard Named NASA Ames Research Center Director, NASA ARC

"Hubbard replaces Dr. Henry "Harry" McDonald, who will join the faculty at the University of Tennessee (UT) at Chattanooga after assisting with the transition as Hubbard's special assistant. McDonald has been named Distinguished Professor of Computational Engineering at UT."

17 September 2002: Conduct of employees; post-employment restrictions; waivers: Culbertson, Frank, NASA via the Federal Register

"SUMMARY: The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has determined, after consultation with the Director of the Office of Government Ethics, that it is in the national interest to waive the post-employment restriction of section 207(c), Title 18, United States Code, with respect to the former International Space Station Expedition Commander for Expedition 3, Frank Culbertson."

16 September 2002: Former Astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. Joins SAIC As Senior Vice President and Program Manager

"Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Space, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS) Group today announced that Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., USN (ret) has been named senior vice president and program manager of the Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance (SR&QA) contract at the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas."

30 August 2002: Stephenson Rumors Unfounded

Editor's note: rumors have been circulating of late suggesting that MSFC Center Director Art Stephenson is about to depart/be replaced. Multiple, reliable sources at NASA tell NASA Watch that this is not at all the case and that there are no plans to replace Stephenson.

30 August 2002: Astronaut Frank Culbertson Departs NASA

"Astronaut Frank L. Culbertson Jr. (Capt., USN, Ret.) ended his NASA career, retiring last week from the U.S. astronaut corps to pursue new opportunities in the private sector. An International Space Station commander, space shuttle commander and pilot, and NASA manager for the Phase I Shuttle-Mir Program, he departed NASA on Aug. 24."

26 August 2002: New Director Named for JSC Space and Life Sciences Directorate

"On Sept. 9, Dr. Jeffrey Davis will assume the duties of director, Space and Life Sciences Directorate, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston."

26 August 2002: Mark Craig Moving to JSC

Editor's note: word has it that Mark Craig is heading to JSC to become Associate Center Director (Technical).

22 August 2002: NASA's Acting Chief Financial Officer Retires

"Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced the retirement of Stephen J. Varholy, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for NASA Headquarters in Washington, effective September 3. Kenneth J. Winter, from NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will serve as Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer until a permanent replacement is selected."

15 August 2002 NASA names its first Black deputy administrator, St. Louis American

"As deputy administrator, Gregory is chief operating officer for the agency, which includes directing and managing NASA's programs and day-to-day operations. "His considerable experience as an astronaut and aviator, and his leadership in space flight safety are needed at this critical time for the agency," says NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe.

12 August 2002
Gregory Sworn in as Deputy Administrator; Readdy Becomes OSF AA

Editor's note: Fred Gregory was sworn in as Deputy Administrator of NASA this evening in a small private ceremony on the 9th floor of NASA Headquarters. Effective immediately, Bill Readdy is the Office of Space Flight Associate Administrator.

6 August 2002
Administrator Sean O'Keefe Selects Astronaut William F. Readdy as Space Flight Associate Administrator

1 August 2002 U.S. Senate Confirms Frederick D. Gregory NASA's First African- American Deputy Administrator

10 August 2002 Astronaut Bolden retires from Marines, The State

30 July 2002 NASA Watch Update Status

HEDS Chief
Scientist Leaving NASA

Editor's note: Kathryn Clark, Ph.D., Chief
Scientist for HEDS (Human Exploration & Development of
Space) at the Office of Space Flight is leaving NASA.
Best wishes.

25 July 2002 HREF="">HMP-2002
Photo Report: Advanced Wireless Data Technology
Demonstration on Huckins Rise, Devon Island

On 24 and 25 July 2002 a Haughton Mars Project/NASA
ARC traverse team visited "Repeater 2 Hill"
overlooking Science Site #9 on Devon Island to perform
a test of NASA AMES MEX-HORSE equipment with the Simon
Fraser University developed PlanetNet2 technology. On
several ocassions, the team was able to sucessfully
connect back to the HMP Base Camp from a distance of
5.5 kilometers without line of sight at data rates of
9.6 mb/sec over hilly, rocky terrain.

On 25 July 2002, the HMP renamed 'Repeater 2 Hill' as
"Huckins Rise" in honor of NASA's Earle Huckins who
passed away several days before these tests were

24 July 2002 HREF="">Dr.
Earle Knowlen Huckins III, Manager of Space Science
and Space Station Programs and NASA HQ , dies at

24 July 2002 Earle Huckins has passed

Editor's note: Earle Huckins passed away a
couple of days ago. According to a friend at NASA HQ:
"He was at home toward the end, but he was still tied
in to meetings and things via telephone so that he
could still continue to feel useful and make

24 July 2002 HREF="">Roy
Estess Retires, NASA Adminstrator Names Bill Parsons
as New Stennis Director

"Roy S. Estess, center director for NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, today announced
plans to
retire after 42 years in government service, 37 with
Administrator Sean O'Keefe named William (Bill) W.
Jr., the current Center Operations and Support
Director at
Stennis, as Estess' successor, effective August

23 May 2002: New Director for Strategic Management and Planning

Editor's note: Doug Comstock (who used to work with Sean O'Keefe and Steve Isakowitz at OMB) is moving to NASA HQ to become the new Director for Strategic Management and Planning for Code B. He will be on the job on or around 3 June 2002.

14 May 2002: NASA Administrator Names New Deputy Associate Administrator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle

"NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today named retired Air Force Major General Michael C. Kostelnik as Deputy Associate Administrator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle, a newly created senior management position within the Office of Human Space Flight."

8 May 2002: Maj. Gen Michael Kostelnik to be New Deputy AA for ISS and Space Shuttle Programs

Editor's note: Maj. Gen Michael Kostelnik, a retired two star USAF General, will be named shortly as Deputy Associate Administrator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs at Code M. At one point this position was titled as "Program Executive Officer (PEO)". This title has been dropped so as to avoid confusion with its usage at DoD.

Official Biography of Michael Kostelnik

"Education : ... 1996 National Security Leadership Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Syracuse, N.Y. "

14 May 2002: NASA Administrator Names Langley Director Associate Administrator of Aerospace Technology, NASA HQ

"Dr. Jeremiah F. Creedon, Director of the NASA Langley
Research Center, Hampton, Va., has been named Associate
Administrator for the Office of Aerospace Technology at NASA
Headquarters in Washington, effective June 15."

13 May 2002: NASA Administrator Selects Chief Engineer, NASA HQ

"NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today named Theron M. Bradley Jr. as the agency's Chief Engineer, responsible for the overall review and technical readiness of all NASA programs."

10 May 2002: Science Brief: Enhancing Diversity on Earth and in Space, Special to by Keith Cowing,

"To get the message out, NASA enlisted an individual whom many thought embodied the future of what the astronaut corps would come to represent: Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Lt. Uhura on the bridge of the Enterprise. When I asked Fred Gregory what impact Nichols had on him, he told me, "Nichelle Nichols had a significant influence on my decision to apply to NASA. I saw her on TV standing in front of a 747 in her neat blue astronaut suit. She pointed a finger at me and said something like, 'I want YOU to apply for the Space Shuttle program.' I did and look where it led me!"

10 May 2002: NASA Administrator Taps New Legislative Affairs Chief, NASA HQ

"NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today appointed Charles T. Horner III as Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs, effective immediately."

8 May 2002: White House Moves to Fill NASA Deputy Administrator Position, NASA HQ

"If confirmed as Deputy Administrator, Gregory will serve as the chief
operating officer for the agency and report directly to Administrator
O'Keefe. He will be responsible for directing and managing many of the
programs as well as the day-to-day operations and activities at NASA."

8 May 2002: President Bush to Nominate Frederick D. Gregory to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, White House

Editor's note: Apparently the White House's web folks are graduates of the Dan Quayle school of spelling - i.e. "Orbitor" and fact checking: space shuttle "Discover". When contacted by a concerned Congressional staffer this afternoon about this error, the White House Web folks didn't seem to care enough to fix it.

30 April 2002: NASA Administrator Names New Associate Administrator for Safety, NASA HQ

30 April 2002: Bryan O'Connor to be New Code Q Associate Administrator

Editor's note: on or around 1 June Bryan O'Connor will assume the position of Associate Administrator for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance at HQ.

6 September 2001: Statement of Bryan O'Connor, Futron Corporation, before the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space: Shuttle Safety

23 April 2002: Robert W. Cobb Takes Office as NASA Inspector General, NASA OIG

"Mr. Cobb was previously Associate Counsel to the President. In this role, he handled the administration of the White House ethics program under the supervision of the Counsel to the President and was responsible for administration of the conflict of interest and financial disclosure clearance processes for candidates for nomination to Senate-confirmed positions."

15 April 2002: New NASA Deputy Administrator Rumors

Editor's note: today's favorite rumor at NASA HQ is that OSF AA Fred Gregory is the new lead candidate for the number 2 slot at NASA. Stay tuned.

15 April 2002: Bill Berry's retirement from NASA ARC

"The Center Deputy Director, William E. "Bill" Berry has announced that he will retire from federal service on May 3, 2002. Until a permanent appointment is made, Nancy Bingham, Associate Director for Systems Management & Planning, will serve as Acting Deputy Director when Mr. Berry retires."

25 March 2002: 'Father' Of Module Dies - Thomas J. Kelly led team that created lunar device, Newsday

"After his work on the lunar module, he served as the vice president and deputy director of Grumman's space shuttle proposal, and president of Grumman's Space Station Integration Division in Reston, Va., among other positions. He was awarded NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal in 1972 for his work on Project Apollo."

14 March 2002: DOD Concerns Trump Popular Nominee For Top NASA Job, Aviation Now

14 March 2002: White House yanks NASA deputy nominee, Florida Today

14 March 2002: White House Withdraws Nominee for NASA, NY Times

"A spokesman for NASA, Robert Jacobs, said the directive "caught the administrator off guard."

13 March 2002: Deputy Administrator Nomination Withdrawn, NASA

13 March 2002: White House Pulls the Plug on Bolden Nomination to No. 2 Position at NASA, SpaceRef

"Bolden's appointment may have been torpedoed by Armed Services Chair Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI). According to multiple sources on Capitol Hill Levin sent a letter to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez requesting evidence that a precedent exists for placing an active duty military officer into a Senate-confirmed slot - one designated as being for a civilian appointee. Levin reportedly expressed a preference that Bolden resign his commission if he wanted to serve as NASA Deputy Administrator."

Editor's rant: I was thoroughly disappointed to hear that the White House had pulled Charlie Bolden's nomination. Actually, I am rather angry. Word of Bolden's nomination made a lot of people inside and outside the agency (including me) VERY happy. He is among the best that NASA has ever produced and would have been a sterling asset.

6 March 2002: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Franks, DoD

Secretary Rumsfeld: "... as your question suggests it creates an enormous incentive for the defense establishment to stop using the men and women in the armed forces for things other than military tasks. We have them spread all over town as detailees, in one place and another."

12 March 2002: Keegan Resigns as NASA's Chief Engineer, NASA GSFC

"W. Brian Keegan has announced his resignation as NASA's Chief Engineer, effective April 3, ending a 36-year career with the agency."

4 March 2002: NASA Administrator Names Gregory Associate Administrator for Space Flight, NASA HQ

"NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today named Frederick D. Gregory as the Associate Administrator for Space Flight, placing him permanently in charge of the agency's Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise. "

"Astronaut William F. Readdy will remain in the critical senior leadership position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Flight with expanded responsibilities over major programs, operations and management of the Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise."

4 March 2002: NASA Administrator Selects New Biological and Physical Research Associate Administrator, NASA HQ

3 March 2002: New Code OBPR AA Appointed

Editor's note: Mary Kicza from NASA GSFC has been appointed to be the new Associate Administrator for the Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR).

NASA HQ has been searching (in vain) for an AA for OBPR for more than a year. Dan Goldin said that he was looking for "world class" candidates. Many people from outside the agency were interviewed. Many turned down the offer. Others withdrew their names in frustration over the glacial and confused process NASA went through as it sought to vet each candidate. A number of otherwise qualified candidates I spoke with did not even bother to apply since they felt that NASA was either not serious about science or that the internal management of NASA's OBPR programs was broken beyond repair.

When an OBPR representative made a presentation last week at the NASA Advisory Council at JSC, the NAC was told that Code U's input into the ISS redesign effort would not be provided until June 2002. One member is reported to have replied with some annoyance that it is taking Code U "three times as long" as Tom Young's committee took to do their initial report.

Kicza's forte is management. That is what Code U needs right now.

28 February 2002: White House Nominee for NASA Inspector General

Editor's note: The White House has nominated Robert Watson Cobb to be NASA's new Inspector General. The date for Cobb's confirmation before the Senate Commerce Committee is still pending. Cobb currently works in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President.

28 February 2002: Steve Isakowitz to be new NASA Comptroller

Editor's note: OMB's Steve Isakowitz will be coming to NASA to be Comptroller. NASA's current Comptroller, Mal Peterson, is retiring. Isakowitz is currently Branch Chief of Science and Space Programs at OMB. This should be an interesting experience for Steve. It is one thing to set the tough budgets that others have to follow (as he has for NASA during the past decade). It is another matter altogether to actually implement one of those tough budgets.

27 February 2002: George F. Page, Former Deputy Director of KSC, Dies

"George F. Page, deputy director of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) from July 1982
until his retirement in October 1984, died Feb. 26, 2002. During the course
of his aerospace career, George Page was involved in all of the U.S. human
space flight programs from Mercury to the Space Shuttle. He was 77."

19 February 2002: NASA's Inspector General Is Leaving

Editor's note: word has it that Roberta Gross will be leaving NASA in two weeks. NASA Watch wishes her well.

14 February 2002: SAFEO Names Ed Heffernan vice president of Government Relations, SAFECO

"Heffernan served at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1994 to 2001, holding key positions including chief of staff for NASA Administrator Dan Goldin; associate administrator for legislative affairs; and liaison to the White House. In these roles, he specialized in working with federal, state and local agencies and securing Congressional support for key NASA programs, including the International Space Station."

12 February 2002: NASA Astronaut Dr. Shanon Lucid Selected as Chief Scientist, NASA HQ

"Lucid will be responsible for ensuring the scientific merit of the agency's programs. She will report for duty as soon as she fills her responsibilities as Capcom for STS-109."

Editor's note: simple speculation on my part would be that Dr. Lucid was selected such that her considerable hands-on operational experience in space will be focused mostly on correlating a focused set of scientific goals and objectives upon the ongoing redesign of the ISS program - and to serve as an advocate for this research. I hope (and fully expect) that she will assemble staff well-versed in NASA's other research endeavors.

Dr. Lucid's experience over the past several decades has been one of an on-orbit implementer of other scientists' research - not one of personally initiated peer-reviewed research. As such, the selection of an Associate Administrator for the Office of Biological and Physical Research - someone with recent research and management experience - is all that more important. This position must be filled soon if the ISS program is to meet the recommendations laid out by the Young Committee.

12 February 2002: NASA Administrator Names Retired Marine General to Lead Johnson Space Center, NASA HQ

"Howell, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General and former commander of Marine Forces, Pacific, currently serves as Senior Vice President and Program Manager for the Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance contract at JSC. He is employed by Science Application International Corporation (SAIC)."

12 February 2002: Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr. Named as Johnson Space Center Director, NASA JSC

"Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr., has been named Director of the Johnson Space Center effective April 1. Howell, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General, is only the eighth person to serve as Director in the center's 40-year history."

6 February 2002: Local Marine Corp general Bolden nominated for NASA's No. 2 spot

"The appointment would also make Bolden the first active military officer to fill the No.2 spot at NASA. The deputy administrator position was traditionally reserved for civilians, but an amendment to the NASA budget for fiscal year 2002, which began in October 2001, allowed the president to nominate a military officer. The provision expires at the end of this year."

Editor's note: Bolden will get his third star too.

5 February 2002: George Abbey has landed on his feet again

Editor's note: word has it that former JSC Center Director George Abbey is now the lead NASA representative to the World Space Congress as a senior fellow at the Baker Institute. This event will be held from 10-19 October 2002 in Houston.

31 January 2002: Former JSC director joins Baker Institute

"George W.S. Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center (JSC), has joined the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice, where he will guide space policy efforts related to the World Space Congress being held in Houston this fall. He is on assignment from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington, D.C., where he is special assistant to the administrator."

31 January 2002: White House, NASA Administrator Move to Fill Key Agency Positions

"The President announced his intention to nominate former NASA
astronaut and Assistant Deputy Administrator, Major General
Charles F. Bolden, U.S. Marine Corps, as NASA's next Deputy
Administrator. Administrator O'Keefe filled additional positions at NASA
Headquarters. Paul Pastorek will serve as the agency's General
Counsel at NASA Headquarters."

31 January 2002: White House nominates Charles Bolden as Deputy Administrator of NASA

Editor's note: As first reported on NASA Watch, the White House has nominated former astronaut Charles Bolden to serve as Deputy Administrator of NASA. Paul G. Pastorek has also been named to the NASA General Counsel's position.

10 January 2002: NASA General Counsel Candidate Under Serious Consideration?

Editor's note: word has it that Paul G. Pastorek, a partner in the law firm Adams and Reese LLP is under consideration for the NASA General Counsel's position. Adams and Reese LLP have offices in New Orleans, Louisiana and across the south - as well as in Washington, DC. Pastorek is an alumnus of Loyola University and got his B.A. in 1976 and his J.D. in 1979. Sean O'Keefe got his B.A. from Loyola in 1977.

26 December 2001: Charles Bolden to be named Deputy Administrator of NASA

Editor's note: the following is circulating among MSFC management:

"Effective on or about 1 Feb 02, MajGen Bolden will stand detached from
his position as CG Third MAW and will report to Washington DC as the new
Deputy Director for NASA. His new position is a Three Star billet. His
immediate replacement is unknown at this time."

Bolden is a former astronaut and is currently the Assistant Wing Commander, HQ 3rd MAW Miramar, San Diego, California.

Bolden Bio - NASA

Bolden Bio - USMC

28 December 2001: Columbia, S.C., Native Under Consideration for No. 2 Job at NASA, Houston Chronicle

9 January 2002: Death of Burt Edelson Highlights his NASA Legacy, NASA

8 January 2002: Burt Edelson has died

"Burt Edelson, former Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications died following a massive heart attack January 6, 2002 in New York City, where he was visiting family and friends."

"A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 10 at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Washington DC 20008, at 1:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to visit with the family following the service."



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