- NASA Watch
- June 4, 2023
Ghosts of Former Administrators Past
Keith’s note: If you go to people.nasa.gov and look up former NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin you will see that he is still listed in the agency’s phone directory albeit with a non-NASA email and no phone. No other former NASA Administrator (or Deputy) is listed. Why is that?
WAG: He’s a consultant in some capacity and other former NASA heads are not?
No. Nor are former agency employees who consult listed in NASA’s official employee phone directory.
I suspect this is more.about confusion over the rules.than anything malicious. I know JPL and my own university have several categories of non-employees who work with them. I suspect NASA headquarters is similar. That means some people are supposed to be in one or more of the institution’s databases, but not in others. The IT staff who update those databases may not be 100% clear on what sort of category of affiliates/associates/contractors/persons-of-interest belong in which databases. So some mistakes and clerical errors.are to be expected. I think this should be fixed, but it is way down my list of NASA practices which need fixing.
Interesting. Someone must be consulting with him, or Griffin erased the other administrators’ contact info while he was in charge and Bolden’s been slow to erase his since taking over.
Schafer Corp appears to be a NASA contractor. There are many instances of leadership of a company that has a contract being listed in the NASA enterprise directory, with only an external email address and/or phone number. Sometimes you’ll see that someone in senior leadership of the NASA contractor company is in the directory or someone else in the company who is project manager or some other point of contact.
Just two examples – the presidents of Valador and Columbus Technologies. I am guessing that if your company has a NASA contract, badge access to the site might be required as well, which might also lead to contact information being in NED.
No. He is not supposed to be listed – NASA has told me this – but the people who are supposed to follow the rules have not fixed this.
When you’re planning to come back – and probably have convinced the web master – why bother. Too bad for Mike G, Romney lost!
it could be enough people wanted to reach him, that he got listed in there. Even if it’s a rules violation or protocol violation it’s not a mortal sin.