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NASA Wants To Be More Efficient. Just Kidding.

By Keith Cowing
November 25, 2014
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Earth and Life Sciences, Aircraft Ops Under Microscope in NASA Consolidation Effort, Space News
“NASA’s latest attempt to right-size its 10 U.S. field centers will begin with a focus on a roughly $3 billion cross-section of the agency’s nearly $18 billion budget that could affect some 10,000 civil servants and contractors, a senior agency official said here Nov. 20. .. Roe, former director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is co-leading NASA’s Technical Capabilities Assessment Team (TCAT) along with her boss, NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot. TCAT began in 2012 but will not be in full force until after February, when NASA plans to appoint so-called capabilities leaders to monitor its 10 field centers and point out areas where two or more centers are spending money on the same things.”
Keith’s note: Once a decade (maybe more than once) NASA spins up an effort like this (Zero Base Review, Synthesis Team, Faster Better Cheaper, ISO 9000 etc.) The team members semi-earnestly look for overlaps and synergies, suggest how to re-tune things, and then … (dramatic pause) all of the field centers promptly ignore the recomendations – backed by their respective congressional delegations – because: why change? We’ve seen this movie before. As such, you can ignore any and all “efficiency” TCAT babble from Robert Lightfoot and Lesa Roe – since the White House no longer cares about that babble (hey – where’s Charlie?)

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