Editor's note: Theron Bradley died today from brain cancer.
Personnel News: October 2007 Archives
"The following message is a correction to a JSC Special Notice regarding Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12 rebadging. The deadline for rebadging all employees has slipped for the entire agency due to issues with the new badge. JSC Security will continue the rebadging process into the next calendar year, and will continue to accept current NASA badges until the rebadging process is complete."
"More than two dozen workers are without jobs and paychecks after the government contractors that employed them [Information Network Inc. at NASA GSFC] filed for bankruptcy."
"A federal appeals court on Thursday extended an injunction sought by more than two dozen workers at NASA's premier robotic exploration lab who claim a Bush administration directive requiring background checks invaded their privacy. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week issued an order that enjoined NASA through Thursday after a lower court sided with the government. The new order means the injunction remain in place during the appeal process. A hearing was scheduled for December."
Text of Court Order (PDF)
"Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals entered an emergency injunction against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Court ruled that NASA could not require Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists and engineers holding non-sensitive positions to sign waivers of their privacy rights. If the Court had not issued this injunction, thousands of scientists would have had to choose between waiving their privacy rights and keeping their jobs."
"Shortly after 4:00 pm today, the Ninth Circuit granted JPL employees a temporary injunction until October 12, 2007 or further order of the court. What this means is that any employee who has not submitted a questionnaire for a non-sensitive position, including the authorization forms for release of information, is not required to do so until October 12, 2007 or further Order of the Ninth Circuit."
Court Ruling, PDF
"A federal judge denied a request Wednesday by more than two dozen workers at one of NASA's research labs to block a Bush administration directive requiring background checks and access to personal information."
"Hundreds of JPL employees have taken issue with the background checks. In addition to the 28 plaintiffs, more than 200 employees have signed an on-line statement stating that they completed the questionnaire under duress in order to keep their jobs. Many others are yet to comply with NASA's requirements. As pointed out by Caltech attorney Mark Holscher in court Monday, only 4100 out of 7500 JPL employees and contractors have initiated the required paperwork."
"The survey has been open for 3 weeks and according to the current statistics, we are the lowest responding Center at only 9.64%. I encourage you to respond to the NASA Culture Survey and provide open and honest feedback regarding your perceptions with respect to management credibility, upward communication and organizational support."
Herman Lee Patterson, Jr., (Pat) died peacefully Saturday, September 29th after a lengthy hospital stay in Bristol, TN. Pat grew up in Lynchburg, VA. He served the United States Air Force and was stationed in Seoul, Korea. Pat worked for Wackenhut Services Incorporated 40+ years in many capacities and was their longest serving employee. He spent 20 years at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he rose through the ranks from a security officer to the Chief of Security
"A federal judge said he planned to temporarily bar NASA from asking workers at one of its research centers during background checks whether they had ever used drugs. The drug use question was only a small part of a lawsuit filed by 28 scientists, engineers and staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena who claimed the new security measures invaded their privacy. They include senior scientists and engineers on high-profile missions including the Galileo probe to Jupiter and the Cassini spacecraft to Saturn. U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright said Monday he wanted to balance workers' rights with national security."