From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Monday, May 8, 2000
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
KSC Contact: Lisa Malone
KSC Release No. 46 - 00
Today, Kennedy Space Center will begin with a fresh organization focused on safe operations of the Space Shuttle, Space Station, Expendable Launch Vehicle programs and customers, and spaceport technology development.
Highlights of the new structure include creating a Spaceport Engineering and Technology organization to focus on spaceport technology and development and project management; a Spaceport Services group to service the needs of the center's internal and external customers; and establishment of an External Relations and Business Development team to create a "one-stop shopping" for new customers and improve internal and external communications.
"Our main objective is to continue safe and effective support of our operational programs: Space Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS) and payload processing, and Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) Services. At the same time we will strive to improve our ability to focus on spaceport technology development," said Bridges.
KSC has taken on significant changes within several organizations over the past two years leading up to the reorganization. For example: 1) the transition of Shuttle processing tasks to United Space Alliance; 2) the consolidation of the Expendable Launch Vehicle program at KSC from Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, and Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, and 3) the creation of special teams to process and test the ISS in a multiple element configuration.
Since last August, a core team has been in place working on a new overall structure for the center. Teams of employees have been actively involved in setting up the new organizations.
Bridges said the number one driving force for the change is that a reduced workforce has left NASA with critical skill shortages. Through the reorganization Bridges said, "We hope to attract, develop and retain a highly competent, diverse, agile and flexible workforce." Other factors leading to the reorganization include redundant functions within the current organizational structure, an excessive number of internal customer handoffs, limited flexibility for employees, and an inconsistent alignment with the KSC Roadmap. Bridges added, "None of the center's nearly 1,781 civil service employees will lose his or her civil service status, but some people will have new opportunities within the new structure."
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Editor's Note: Roy Bridges will give an informal briefing to news media at the KSC Press Site at 3:30 p.m. today at the Press Site auditorium. This event will not be carried live. Video and audio tapes will be provided. Biographies of KSC's executive directors are available on at http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/bios/bios.htm A chart of the new organization is available at http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/admin/org/organization.html
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