Personnel News: April 2005 Archives

Memo from Ames Federal Employee Union: Subject: Some Good News

"All of this demonstrates how important it is to resist rather than acquiesce to harmful decisions within the Agency even when others appear resigned or compliant. Sustained criticism (positive and negative) from your Union and many individuals within and outside of the Agency has an impact and has helped (and will help) foster more intelligent decisions at HQ."

From NASA HQ Heads up: "Date/Location: Wednesday, April 27, Suite 4G74 Contact: Margie Team 358-0343 Effective April 27, the Office of Infrastructure and Administration's front office will relocate to Suite 4G74."

Allen to Visit LaRC

Allen, NASA Langley chief discuss budget, Daily Press

"Sen. George Allen met with NASA Langley Research Center Director Roy Bridges, several area city leaders and about 50 NASA Langley employees today to discuss restoring aeronautics funding to the 2006 federal budget."

Editor's note: According to, Sen. Allen (R-VA) plans to be at NASA LaRC on Friday to speak with employees. Stay tuned for details.

Editor's update: According to LaRC Public affairs office, Sen. Allen will be holding a press conference in front of the LaRC main gate today at 2:15 PM.

Space agency officials hope to cut layoffs, Daily Press

"Virginia Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Fairfax, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, expressed concern that anxiety over job cuts and a lack of information coming from NASA headquarters has dampened morale among NASA's employees. Wolf urged NASA officials to issue a memo to employees in coming weeks to update them on the status of job changes. He said employees face too much uncertainty over whether their jobs will be safe. "I've got to believe people are beginning to put resumes out on the street," he told Gregory. "Is there a comfort message here that they should hold off?"

Reader comment: "I am one of the 18 RIF-ed employees at NASA-Langley Research Center. There seems to be some double dealing in the whole matter.

NASA's Langley center will lay off 18, reassign 37, WAVY

18 will lose jobs at NASA Langley, Richmond Times Dispatch

NASA Langley hands out pink slips, Daily Press

"According to the center's director, about 700 government workers and 300 contractors may have to leave under President Bush's proposed 2006 budget. That would slash about a fourth of the 3,900 civil servants and contractors who work at Langley."

Mahone's Farewell

NASA Internal Memo: Message to NASA's Senior Staff from Glenn Mahone

"In my resignation letter to Administrator Griffin, I expressed the view that I've been privileged to serve and work with some of the most talented, visionary and dedicated men and women in public service. I have indeed been blessed and honored to work alongside such a wonderful cadre of professionals."

Organizational Changes at NASA Langley Research Center Result in 18 Job Separations

"NASA's first A-76 competitive sourcing decision is being implemented at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., to provide increased efficiency and cost effectiveness in the procurement of metal test article development and general and precision machining services for the Center. The organizational changes being implemented under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 require the use of reduction in force (RIF) procedures to accomplish 18 job separations."

Editor's note: A76 Metals/Machine shop RIF Notices were due to be issued yesterday. However, a last minute decision was made not to let them out on the same day that the incoming NASA Administrator faced confirmation hearings. Rest assured, they will be released - very soon.

Editor's update: The following message was sent out within LaRC to explain the delay in RIF notification:

"RTD staff,

The Office of Human Capital Management has completed the reduction-in-force required to implement the results of the Metallic Test Article and General and Precision Machining (MTAGPM) A-76 Study (also known as the Fabrication A-76). The delivery of reduction-in-force notices in connection with the Fabrication A-76 originally scheduled for Tuesday, 4/12 has been delayed per discussion with NASA HQ. However we expect to deliver the notices in the very near future but no earlier than Thursday, 4/14."

LaRC Update

NASA LaRC Internal Memo: CTAP Services Available

NASA LaRC Internal Memo: Position Descriptions - Center-Wide Update

"Recently there have been many questions raised about position descriptions and how to prepare or update a position description, or PD. A position description is required for every civil service employee on the Center. The position description is essentially a pay document which describes the major duties, responsibilities, and organizational relationships of the position. It also serves as the official record of the classification of the job, which categorizes, measures, and assigns a grade to the significant elements of the position."

"Date/Time/Location: Thursday, April 14, 9 - 10:30 a.m., MIC 5-B and Tuesday, April 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m., MIC 5-B

Contact: Brenda Spicer 358-1561"

Congress Visits ARC

Recent NASA ARC all hands meeting with Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Rep. Mike Honda

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NASA/Ames shake-up's fallout, SJ Mercury News

"Ames is shedding jobs in anticipation that it might lose as much as a third of its $700 million budget under a new federal plan that could force Ames to compete against other research centers and private companies for money. Aeronautics programs are taking a back seat to space exploration, given the Bush administration's push to travel to Mars and search for life on other planets."

Ohio card' played in NASA jobs fight, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Ohio Democratic and Republican politicians cranked up the fight for NASA Glenn Research Center Monday, telling 200 business leaders that proposed budget cuts to the federal space lab jeopardize national security and the U.S. airline industry."

Contractors casualties of NASA Glenn fiscal woes, Crain's Cleveland Business

"NASA Glenn Research Center in Brook Park, running out of money to get through fiscal 2005, has slashed the value of previously awarded contracts in a move that has caused about 70 contract workers to lose their jobs."

Calling on the Prez, Crain's Cleveland Business

"The road to the White House went through Ohio not the moon or Mars. For that reason, a group of state and local politicians say the state should reap the rewards of helping President Bush win the White House."

NASA LaRC Memo: CD COMM # 2005-5 Center Transformation Project

"In order to deal with these realities Agencywide, the Aldridge Commission recommended that NASA Centers be converted to Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and subsequent NASA teams are recommending that centers restructure to a "hybrid" form consisting of both civil service and non-governmental components. For research centers it was recommended that the non-governmental partner be a university-based entity like an institute or a University Affiliated Research Center. The new Langley that is born of this recommendation will have fewer employees, less infrastructure, and a smaller base budget."



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