Personnel News: June 2007 Archives

NASA Strategic Management Council 22 May 2007: Available for New Work (AFNW) Status Report

"Griffin remained firm that JSC will not grow to meet excess demand. He noted that he has been clear in his direction to the mission directorates, but that it is clear from the continuing problem that mission directorates and program and project managers are not working to achieve the same goals. Griffin related his previous experience managing military development programs that were dispersed across dozens of organizations across the country before the days of the high-speed internet. He reported that military space projects got done, with no higher failure rate than at NASA. He directed members to tell program managers they have no choice--four or five centers are not going to go out of business enabling a couple of centers to limit work to their own centers and contractors. Griffin praised SMD Associate Administrator Alan Stern for determining to assign future work to the JPL rather than competing it in order to maintain workforce at the laboratory."

Editor's note: Bobby German has been named Deputy Chief Information Officer at NASA HQ. Also, William Bruner has been named Acting Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Incident

"On Monday, June 11, 2007, a contractor employee accidentally sent an email to 39 recipients at Ames with an attachment containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for 426 other Ames contractor employees. The affected employees work for seven organizations under contract to NASA Ames. The companies are: QSS, Tessada, EASI, Eloret, Foothill Community College District, Weigel and Oak Ridge Associated Universities."

NASA Update with the Administrator and Deputy Administrator

"Administrator Michael Griffin and Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will host a NASA Update tomorrow at 1 p.m. EDT in the Headquarters auditorium. The program will be broadcast live on NASA TV and will be available on the Internet. During the program, employees will be able to ask questions from Headquarters and participating centers. Employees may also e-mail questions in advance to:"

NASA contractors raise concerns about looming security checks, AP

"Several aired their frustration to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Monday during an hour-long, all-hands meeting at the lab that was closed to the public and media. Griffin apologized to those who found the new system intrusive but said that it was a "privilege to work within the federal system, not a right" and that he would carry out the order unless it was overturned in court, according to a video of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press. Griffin said he had no qualms about giving up personal information. "I'm sorry if it sounds to you that I've surrendered to the dark side. I don't see it that way," he said."

- NASA JPL HSPD-12 Meeting Ends Abruptly, earlier post
- JPL Employee Concerns About Background Checks, earlier post
- Letter from Rep. Rush Holt to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez Regarding Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12, earlier post
- Internal NASA JPL Memo Regarding Privacy Issues Associated with the Implementation of HSPD#12



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