Personnel News: July 2009 Archives

Keith's 26 July note: According to http://people.nasa.gov the NASA Enterprise Directory or "NED", Mike Griffin, Shana Dale, Chris Shank, Scott Horowitz, Alan Stern, Eric Sterner, Paul Pastorek, Bill Readdy, Sean O'Keefe (spelled as 'okeefe' in the database) Fred Gregory, Scott Hubbard, Eileen Collins, Glenn Mahone, Lee Forgsgren, John D. Rummel, Ken Bowersox, Eileen and Steve Hawley, Paul Shawcross, Steve Isakowitz, Jeff Hoffman, John Schumacher, Charles Horner, Robert "Moose" Cobb, - and, of course, Bill Oefelein and Lisa Nowak (among others) still work at NASA. Even Dan Goldin, George Abbey, and Dick Truly are listed! Some of these folks have been gone for a number of years. I also found deceased people listed with email addresses and phone numbers. Even 4 members of the Columbia STS-107 crew are listed. At least NED knows that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver now work at NASA. Someone at the NASA Enterprise Applications Competency Center (NEACC) at MSFC really needs to touch up NED's database.

Keith's 27 July update: I guess someone reads NASA Watch - the names I listed (a partial list, by the way) have been removed from NED. Alas, several of my dead friends, plus crew members from Columbia are still listed. Since the NED folks seem to be relying upon my research to update their database, here's a few more living people you list who no longer work at NASA - but are listed as if they do: Wes Huntress, Charles Pellerin, Lennard Fisk, Leroy Chiao, Thomas Paine ... Buzz and Lois Aldrin (she worked at NASA?), and there's more. Curiously, Norm Augustine is even listed.

Keith's 31 July update: Buzz and Lois still work at NASA, it would seem. So does former NASA Administrator Truly, members of the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia, and my dead friends. It would seem that no one really cares if the information on this website is actually accurate. Either that or NASA really has no idea who actually works for the agency at any given moment.

Forty Years Later, Rekindling The Character Of A Generation, Calvin Turzillo, SpaceRef

"Everyone who works for the United States Space Program always feels a certain sense of pride about what we do. We definitely don't do what we do for the money, we are probably some of the lowest paid scientific professionals in the country. We don't do what we do for job security, congress cuts our budgets and we have to lay off hard working people every year. We don't do what we do for the cushy hours, we often work extreme overtime and late nights to make sure the job gets done. We don't do what we do because of the fame and notoriety, no one knows who we are with the exception of the astronauts, and even then I doubt anyone in the general public could name a recent one.

We do what we do because we believe in what we do, we dream of a bright future, and we live for exploring the unknown."

*JUHSTYS*: A Check Into My Reality, juhstys.blogspot.com

"His name is General Charles Bolden, or Charlie for short. If you get a laid back feeling after seeing that picture, go ahead and kick your feet up. This guy is one of the most down to Earth position in power fellow that I have ever met. Yea, I met this guy face front. The day before his speech with his partner Lori Garver, I was coming from a deli with my supervisor. Yea we have a deli in our building on the 8th floor. I'm walking to the elevator and I peep this short guy that looked like the guy I've been seeing and hearing about since I got to Nasa. Can't be him because he's too short. I step on the elevator and the guy gets on. As soon as he does, he lays his right hand on my shoulder and smiles and ask, "SO! What do you do?". Sure enough, it was him. I stumbled all over my words, and said that I'm a Nasa intern. But he wanted to know what do I "do-do" (no pun intended for you nasty jerks.....it'd be a good joke though). So as I begin to tell him I go to Morgan he panics and says "OOOO I made you miss your floor!". Sure enough he did, but I got off on the wrong floor STILL, we haven't reached the floor my office is on yet. But see is the head-honcho, I had to take it like a champ. But I was stoked for running into him like I did."

Bolden Visits JSC

Keith's note: The following was sent in by a NASA Watch reader who was present during the visit by Charlie Bolden to JSC on Friday. Any thoughts? Post your comments below.

General Observations:

* Teague Auditorium was packed--quite literally SRO. When General Bolden and Center Director Mike Coats walked on stage, they received an extended standing ovation, to the point that the General was, I do believe, embarrassed.

* Neither Bolden nor Coats wore a tie. They both sat in comfortable chairs and were outfitted with lapel microphones--no podium grabbing.

* Bolden went out of his way to emphasize his long friendship with Mike Coats. Coats reciprocated. They are clearly very close.

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NASA Workforce Transition Strategy, 3rd Edition Summary Points July 21, 2009

"This is the third edition of the NASA Workforce Transition Strategy. The first was released in March 2008, the second in October 2008. This edition provides updates to the fiscal year (FY) 2009 and FY 2010 Nationwide workforce estimates for human space flight. Estimates for the Center-level workforce figures for FY 2010 and for FY 2011 and out have not been updated since the October 2008 release. The next edition of the Strategy will include updates to the current and outyear workforce estimates, based on detailed analysis of the impacts of the FY 2010 budget request and the results of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans (the "Augustine Panel")."

Space Shuttle to Constellation Workforce Transition Report Issued

"NASA is issuing the third edition of the Workforce Transition Strategy, which details the agency's plan to minimize job losses while transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program."

NASA's Charlie Bolden Gets Verklempt, Washington Post

"[Bolden] also urged frustrated employees to consider moving on. "If you don't wake up wanting to come to work everyday and you don't feel proud about what you do... go in and talk to your boss," he said. "I can promise you we're going to help you with the transition. Even if you think we can't survive without you, we can."

NASA's new leader optimistic about space flight reviews, Spaceflightnow

[Bolden:] "And my guidance from the president has been very brief, in fact, very explicit: incite inspiration in young people and the country again. I mean, it was a very simple message. He didn't give me any specific direction about how to do that, but his challenge to me was make it the way it used to be when he was a kid. The term he used was riding on his grandfather's shoulder as he saw the Apollo 11 astronauts, when his grandfather would hoist him up on his shoulder and watch the Apollo astronauts come in to shore after being picked up out in Hawaii. That's my charge, to inspire kids to want to get into space and science and all that stuff again. But we can do that."

Keith's note: Charlie Bolden just announced that George Whitesides (@gtwhitesides on Twitter) is his Chief of Staff - a position that he has actually held de facto for some time.

Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Dies, NY Times

"For his exhaustive and enthusiastic coverage of NASA, Mr. Cronkite was sometimes called "the eighth astronaut." During the first moon landing in 1969, Mr. Cronkite "was on the air for 27 of the 30 hours that Apollo 11 took to complete its mission," The Museum of Broadcast Communications notes."

NASA Mourns The Death of Walter Cronkite

"The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the death of veteran journalist Walter Cronkite. "It is with great sadness that the NASA family learned of Walter Cronkite's passing. He led the transition from print and radio reporting to the juggernaut that became television journalism. His insight and integrity were unparalleled, and his compassion helped America make it through some of the most tragic and trying times of the 20th century. ..."

Neil Armstrong Statement on the Death of Walter Cronkite

"Walter Cronkite seemed to enjoy the highest of ratings. He had a passion for human space exploration, an enthusiasm that was contagious, and the trust of his audience. He will be missed."

Keith's update: Everyone has Walter Cronkite memories and stories. Like everyone who was alive 40 years ago, to me his words seemed to be the official narrative of America's space program. On a personal note, although I never met him, I did have the unique honor of being introduced by him on air as "the sign language interpreter" as I stood interpreting for speakers on the podium of the Democratic National Convention in 1980 in New York at Madison Square Garden. Of course, I was a space geek back then so this intro by Cronkite made an already cool experience doubly cool.

That he died amidst the 40th anniversay of the Moon landing is indeed sad yet its almost as if he held on - just for this special moment. And (I guess) "that's the way it is".

Your thoughts?

Original photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA on Flickr

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Huntsville Rep. Parker Griffith asks new NASA administrator to select a Marshall Space Flight Center director, Huntsville Times

"U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, has already put in his first request to new NASA Administrator Charles Bolden: Make Robert Lightfoot the official director of Marshall Space Flight Center."

Keith's update: Amazingly, given that Steve Cook was either unaware (very bad) or was aware and suppressed (even worse) this report about possible crew hazards during an Ares-1 abort, Cook and his posse are still trying to position him as the next Center Director of MSFC! He is "the next von braun" after all. Meanwhile, the wagons are circled in Huntsville with the prime topic of conversation being "what do we do about this report?" Hmmm ... Mike Griffin is nearby, why not give him a call?

Steve Cook Wants to Be The Next Deputy Center Director at Marshall, earlier post

ARC Employee Survey

NASA ARC Internal Memo: Message from the Center Director Ames Employee Survey

"NASA Ames Research Center will take part in an Employee Survey to assess employee satisfaction, as well as leadership and management practices contributing to organizational performance. The survey will be conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) between July 6, 2009 and July 24, 2009. I encourage you to participate in this survey, which should take about 20 minutes. All civil servant employees will be receiving an email from OPM that provides a login/password combination and link to the survey. Your confidentiality is guaranteed. Survey results will be ready for distribution within the year with the goal of making Ames an even more effective and better place to work."

Keith's note: The NASA ARC employee survey is now online. Download.

Hugo Delgado

Reader note: "Hugo Delgado passed away on Thursday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Hugo was a great human, a loving father and husband, and will be so greatly missed by the entire NASA Family."

Details of Hugo Delgado's funeral services are as follows:

Keith's note: Kathy Nado, currently director of business development for NASA and NOAA programs at L3 EITS will begin working back at NASA ESMD on commercialization efforts starting 20 July.

Ames Employee Survey

NASA ARC Internal Memo: Message from the Center Director Ames Employee Survey

"NASA Ames Research Center will take part in an Employee Survey to assess employee satisfaction, as well as leadership and management practices contributing to organizational performance. The survey will be conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) between July 6, 2009 and July 24, 2009."

NASA ARC Internal Memo: 2009 NASA Ames Annual Employee Survey

"As you have heard, OPM is conducting an Annual Employee Survey (AES) for NASA Ames Research Center (Ames). You are encouraged to respond to the survey because it provides you with an important opportunity to have your opinions count, with OPM's assurance that your individual responses will be anonymous."

NASA ARC Internal Memo: Message from the Center Director Important Notice: Ames Employee Survey

"As mentioned in the recent all-hands, I am personally committed to improving work satisfaction and making Ames the best place to work in the Federal Government. As I move forward with this commitment, it is important for me to hear from the entire staff about their concerns by deploying an Ames' employee survey."

Scientist sues after being banned from NASA site, AP

"A San Jose scientist who was barred from the NASA research operation in Santa Cruz over security concerns is suing the NASA Ames Research Center and the FBI. In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Haiping Su claims that his career and reputation were destroyed by what he contends are false accusations of being a "security threat." The 47-year-old Su had been assigned to NASA Ames' research center at UC Santa Cruz, but was barred from the facility after an FBI-led investigation."

Text of Haiping Su's complaint


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