Edward A. Frankel, NASA General Counsel, Announce Retirement

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2001

Edward A. Frankle, NASA's General Counsel for the past 13 years, announced plans to retire after a distinguished career, effective December 28. No successor has been selected.

Frankle, who was appointed to the position as the Agency's chief legal officer in July 1988, said it is time to leave the Federal Government and enter the private sector.

"Despite my current job satisfaction and belief that I am still contributing to the NASA mission, the time has come to strike out on my own," Frankle said in his retirement notice to NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "I am proud of each and every member of the NASA legal family and am confident that it is well positioned to transition smoothly to new leadership."

As General Counsel, Frankle is responsible for the legal aspects of all NASA's activities, providing direct legal support to the NASA Administrator and senior management. He also manages the Agency's intellectual property and ethics programs and directing a staff of attorneys. Frankle also provides legal guidance and support to the legal staff at NASA's field centers. "I want to express my appreciation for Ed's service to America's space program. He's an outstanding lawyer, and his guidance and thoughtful approach will be missed," said Administrator Goldin. "He's a real leader and a tenacious and highly effective defender of the Agency and its programs, and has created a comprehensive legal infrastructure that is strong, well equipped and positioned for the future."

Before his current appointment, Frankle served as NASA's Deputy General Counsel. He first joined the Agency in 1982, where he held the position of Chief Counsel at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Before joining NASA, Frankle served as the Associate Director, Policy development and Administrative Legal Systems for the Selective Service System. From 1974 to 1988, he was a member of the Office of General Counsel for the Navy. From 1968 to 1974, Frankle, who has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in aerospace engineering, worked as an engineer with the Navy.

Since joining NASA, Frankle was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1988 and 2001, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1989, the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 1992, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1994, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1993 and 2001.

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