- August 2, 2022
Update On NASA Office Of STEM Engagement's New Support Contractor
Keith’s note: Sources report that the NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) has been moving all of its contracted work to MORI Associates Inc. under a contract awarded on a sole source basis via JSC under a new umbrella contract called Communications, Outreach, Multimedia, and Information Technology (COMIT). OSTEM AA Mike Kincaid has had previous experience working with MORI when he was at JSC.
This sole source contract is being awarded to MORI for all OSTEM work even though MORI was not the existing incumbent for all of this work at NASA OSTEM and NASA HQ. Meanwhile sources report that Mike Kincaid’s brother Scott Kincaid, who works for Salesforce, a cloud-based Internet provider, has sat in on official NASA OSTEM meetings with NASA staff. The current plan, according to sources, is for NASA OSTEM to move its online platform work to … Salesforce.
I have received no feedback or commentary on my reporting from Mike Kincaid or NASA PAO – so one has to assume that they do not contest any of it. Sad. NASA is the Earth’s pre-eminent space agency with a vast reach oozing with softpower and inspiration – one that is truly global. As such, with an extra pot of money in the FY2022 budget request, you’d think that NASA would want to obtain the best contractor support possible to enable its education and outreach efforts. Guess again. Instead, they go for easy, unimaginative procurement solutions and grab the low-hanging fruit instead. I am rather sure this is not what Joe Biden had in mind when he coined the whole “Build Back Better” thing. Quite the contrary.