From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2005
NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio
August 29, 2005
TO: Glenn Employees, Onsite Contractors, NASA Exchange, and Resident Personnel
SUBJECT: Center Director Update
I recently attended a Strategic Management Council meeting with the Administrator and Agency senior managers to discuss NASA budget issues. I thought that this would be a good time to bring you up to date on the efforts at GRC to assist in accomplishing the mission of the Agency. In addition, I plan to address the Center staff in an all hands meeting in September.
I know this is a difficult time-a time with a shifting uncertain future. I can assure you that we are working hard to establish a firm base for the Center's future. We have support from the Administrator, Mike Griffin, who has stated that he needs and wants all 10 Centers to be healthy.
The Agency's number one mission is the Vision for Space Exploration, and within that, the top priorities are Return to Flight, development of a Shuttle replacement as soon as possible, and completion of the International Space Station.
We are engaged in the Agency's top priority initiatives in many ways, including the following:
There are many steps to be taken and many decisions still to be made concerning how the two fiscal year resources will affect the Center. At this time not all the answers are clear and available. While the Agency is taking all steps necessary to avoid a Reduction in Force (RIF), we cannot rule out that possibility. Although there will not be a RIF in FY06, we are in the process of preparing for a RIF should this become necessary in FY07.
I know this message does not provide all of the answers you would like. Please ask your managers and senior staff any questions you may have. They may not always know the answers, but they will share what they know and will put all available information into context to the extent they can in this ever-changing situation.
A lot of people are working very hard to resolve many difficult issues, and I will continue to trust all of you to work together to achieve a future at Glenn that is significant and meaningful. Please be assured that, as soon as I can, I will share any and all results that affect our future. Our best defense against uncertainty and fear is to communicate openly and to the fullest extent possible, without reservation. This is my commitment to you.
Julian M. Earls
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