Personnel News: November 2007 Archives

Honoring Gene Kranz

NASA Honors Legendary Flight Director Gene Kranz

"NASA will honor Eugene Francis "Gene" Kranz with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his involvement in the U.S. space program. Kranz will receive the award during a ceremony at 2 p.m. CST on Dec. 6 at the Central Catholic High School."

HSPD-12 Update

Appeals Court Hearing on Injunction Restricting Background Investigations of JPL Employees

"Attorneys and Plaintiffs will be available for media interviews following the hearing A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Dec. 5, 2007, on an injunction pending appeal in the case of 28 Caltech employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who filed suit to prevent unreasonable personal background checks. The JPL employees -- all of whom work on non-classified space exploration projects -- sued NASA, the Department of Commerce, and their employer, Caltech, to prevent intrusive, open-ended background investigations imposed by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin in support of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. The background investigations were associated with issuing new identification cards to employees in order for them to access the JPL facility. HSPD12 mandates new identification documents but does not mention background investigations. None of the plaintiffs have security clearances."

Management Changes at GSFC

NASA GSFC Internal Memo From Ed Weiler: Management Announcements

"A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a Center-wide message announcing that with the pending retirement of Dolly Perkins at the end of the year, Laurie Leshin will be taking on a new role at Goddard as the Deputy Center Director for Science and Technology. Today, I'd like to announce the appointment of Dr. Bernard Seery to a new post in Code 100 as the Assistant Director for Advanced Concepts. I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Hildebrand, Chief, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, will succeed Bernie as the new Deputy Director for the Sciences and Exploration Directorate."

HSPD-12 Enforcement at GRC

NASA GRC Internal Memo: HSPD-12 Enforcement

"If you are receiving this email, you have been identified as a supervisor of an employee who has failed to comply with a Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 requirement and deadline regarding a background re-investigation. This re-investigation is necessary before a new HSPD 12 compliant NASA badge can be issued. Without the new NASA badge, the employee will be unable to gain access to NASA facilities and Information Systems."

GSFC Buyout Update

NASA Internal Memo: Goddard's Buyout/Early Out Incentive Plan

"As you are aware, NASA is in the process of a major transformation designed to realign the Agency and implement the Vision for Space Exploration. To achieve this vision, NASA faces many challenges including re-shaping the NASA workforce to successfully meet changing mission requirements. In order to refocus the skill mix of our workforce to become more effectively aligned with current and anticipated funded work requirements, each Directorate has evaluated its workforce requirements and has identified eligible categories of positions that may be experiencing either a workforce surplus or that may be impacted by a possible reduction in work requirements and/or reduced funding in the immediate or near future."

New JSC HSPD-12 website

Editor's note: A new JSC HSPD-12 website is online here.

HSPD-12 Update

Appeals court stops some NASA HSPD-12 background checks, FCW.COM

"As project scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, William Banerdt is one of the top scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has worked for 24 years. He's also a plaintiff with 27 of his JPL colleagues in a lawsuit against NASA, which has underwritten the lab since 1959 through a contract with Caltech. In their lawsuit, Banerdt and the other JPL scientists say background Investigations required under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 violate their constitutional right to privacy."


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