Memo from Randy Stone to NASA JSC Employees regarding NASA Safety and Mission Success Week

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2003

Administrator Sean O'Keefe has designated the week of November 17-21 as NASA Safety and Mission Success (S&MS) Week.

The purpose of the week is to designate a period of time in which everyone (civil service and contractor employees) across the Agency can engage in a dialogue on the lessons to be learned from the CAIB Report. This is not meant to be a stand down week, instead discussions will be held as a part of regularly scheduled meetings (e.g. staff meetings).

  • In the next few days, you will receive a hard copy of the CAIB Report and an electronic version of the CAIB Agency Wide Action Team (CAWAT) matrix. The matrix provides comprehensive review of the Recommendations, Observations, and Findings (R-O-F) discussed in the CAIB Report and identifies a subset which have Agencywide applicability, it was produced by an executive team led by Al Diaz, GSFC Director.
  • Please take some time to read the CAIB Report and the CAWAT matrix and think about how the R-O-Fs are relevant to you and your job.
  • Be prepared to share your impressions and suggestions in a discussion with your work group during S&MS Week. The Agency is exploring alternative means of accepting input from employees who are not available for group discussions that week.
  • A Centerwide team has been formed and will be meeting over the next week to finalize our data collection and roll-up plans. This team will also be distributing discussion points for supervisors to use during the group discussions.

    Additional guidance will be available on the JSC Home page under the Events button.

    The R-O-Fs identified in the CAIB Report will have an impact on the way we operate for years to come. I encourage you to take this time to reflect on the report and to participate in these important discussions.

    Randy Stone

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