Transition: April 2009 Archives

Nick Lampson "still in the running for NASA top job", Orlando Sentinel

"It seems the reports about former Democratic congressman Nick Lampson's demise as a contender for the NASA administrator's job have been greatly exaggerated. A person extremely close to Lampson has told the Orlando Sentinel that the Houston Chronicle misinterpreted remarks by the former Houston representative about being ready to "move on" with his life as meaning he was not interested in the NASA job. "Nick Lampson is still in the running despite earlier reports from the Houston Chronicle," the person, who is very familiar with the situation, said."

In Full Interview, John Holdren Eschews New Nukes, Hints at Space Flight Delays, Science Insider

"Speaking this morning with ScienceInsider, Holdren discussed why he thinks the United States doesn't need new nuclear weapons. He warned of likely delays beyond 2015 in replacing the space shuttle and the possibility that China would launch U.S. astronauts during the interim."

Obama looking at cooling air to fight warming, AP

"[Holdren] said the Bush administration's plan to return astronauts to the moon was underfunded so money was taken from science and aeronautics. Those areas, including climate change research, were "decimated," he said. The administration will "rebalance NASA's programs so that we have in space exploration, a suitable mix of manned activities and robotic activities," Holdren said. Doing that "will only get under way in earnest when a new administrator is in place." Holdren, who advises the president on such decisions, said he hopes Obama will pick a new NASA boss soon."

President Obama's science adviser talks about his new job, Nature

"Do we know when that is going to happen? I certainly hope we have a new [NASA] administrator in place in the next month that is a hope, and not a prediction."

Administrator Update

Lost in Space: Months After Obama's Inauguration, NASA Is Still Without a Chief, Fox News

"Not all experts are troubled about the agency's fate in the interim. Former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who preceded Griffin, told FOXNews.com that Scolese is an "extraordinarily competent guy" who has a deep knowledge of engineering and of the "pulse and the rhythm of the agency." "He's got it -- he's going to be in fine shape," said O'Keefe. "It's not like the wheels are going to come off the cart."

We think: NASA needs a leader, opinion, Orlando Sentinel

"With the federal government now borrowing trillions of dollars to prop up the economy, it's understandable that Mr. Obama would weigh carefully the value for taxpayers in every federal program. But if big changes are coming in the space program, the price of delaying them, in money and time, could be steep. If the Obama administration intends to switch rocket designs for Constellation, for example, it should cut off work on Ares as soon as possible."

Whither NASA?, Achenblog, Washington Post

"Here's a name to add to the NASA Administrator-to-be Rumor Mill: Rep. Bart Gordon, head of a House science committee that oversees NASA. I asked him the other day if he was going to be administrator, and he said he already has the best job in the world and isn't going to trade it in for another. But I'd still keep his name on the list. He didn't outright deny that he might be the next boss on the ninth floor at NASA headquarters."

Scratch Lampson

Ex-Rep. Lampson not headed to top NASA job, Houston Chronicle

"Former Rep. Nick Lampson said Tuesday he is no longer a contender for the $177,000-a-year NASA administrator post. The Stafford Democrat, who lost his seat in a predominantly Republican district in southeastern Texas last fall, told the Houston Chronicle that White House officials had "not made any kind of offer" after approaching him about the post. "I understand this (selection) is not easy. It is a slow, deliberate process," Lampson said in a telephone interview. "But at the same time, I feel comfortable in moving on with my life. That is what I've done."

Administrator Update

NASA Awaits Word on Where It Is Going Next, Washington Post

"The Obama White House has twice been on the verge of making a formal nomination for a new head of the space agency but has pulled back both times because of grumbling from members of Congress with influence over space policy. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has lobbied openly for the nomination of Marine Gen. Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, but the White House has not seemed eager to oblige the senator. "I am frustrated, because I don't know what the delay is," Nelson said recently."

NASA still has room at top, Huntsville Times

"It's become almost a running joke within" the space community, said Keith Cowing, who runs the NASA watchdog Web site NASAWatch.com and monitors aerospace issues daily on Capitol Hill. "There's been all sorts of names floated and re-floated. It's really anybody's guess almost at this point. "But there have been some front-runner names out there recently that may have gained some traction."

Pelosi Likes Lampson

Pelosi mum on 2010 retirement date for shuttle; gushes for Lampson as NASA chief

"However, Pelosi did have good things to say about former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, the Texas Democrat who once represented the Johnson Space Center area and has been mentioned as a candidate to become the next NASA chief under Obama. "I think he is a great person for it. I really know Nick Lampson. I think he would be fantastic," she said. "He was a champion for NASA."

Nick Lampson talks with KFDM about top NASA job, KFDM

"KFDM News spoke with Lampson by telephone Thursday morning. He told us he hasn't been contacted by the Obama administration nor spoken with anyone in the administration about the NASA post. "They are keeping it real close to the vest," said Lampson. I don't know anything about it. I'd be flattered if I were asked. I'd certainly give it consideration. I'd be honored to serve if I'm asked."

Editor's note: Two names to watch in the coming days: Charles Bolden and Nick Lampson. Lampson reportedly had a meeting with Rahm Emanuel in the past few days, and I saw Bolden in Washington on the Hill last week at a NSBRI event. Stay tuned.

Editor's update: Nick Lampson is Twittering. Quick, everyone follow him and DM him about NASA ... meanwhile. Administration sources suggest that it is unlikely that any movement will occur on the NASA front until well after the President and his staff get back from their trip. So cool your thrusters, folks.


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