NASA Internal Memo: Doug Comstock, David Schurr Named to Leadership Positions

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2006


[] On Behalf Of NASA_INC Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 5:44 PM
Subject: Doug Comstock, David Schurr Named to Leadership Positions

Point of Contact: Dean Acosta, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 358-1400

Doug Comstock, David Schurr Named to Leadership Positions

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale has announced the appointment of NASA Comptroller Douglas A. Comstock as the director of the agency's Innovative Partnerships Program Office. He will be succeeded as comptroller by David C. Schurr. Both appointments are effective Oct. 29, 2006.

"Doug and David are outstanding professionals with proven track records of excellence at NASA, and I look forward to working with them in their new roles," Dale said.

The Innovative Partnerships Program Office was created last year to provide leveraged technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs and projects through investments and technology partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies and national laboratories. Comstock will direct a number of partnering mechanisms such as Small Business Innovative Research, technology transfer, the Centennial Challenges and Red Planet Capital, and will encourage and facilitate the agency's purchase of emerging commercial services.

Comstock has served at NASA over four years, coming to the agency as the founding director of the Strategic Investments Division. Comstock began his government service as a program examiner with the Office of Management and Budget with responsibility for NASA's space flight activities, biological and physical research and personnel. He previously worked in the aerospace industry for 15 years, with General Dynamics and the Futron Corp.

Comstock holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Washington in mechanical engineering and architecture and master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in aeronautics and astronautics, and technology and policy.

As comptroller, Schurr will be responsible for oversight of agency resources relative to programs and operations, including developing and maintaining integrated agency planning and budgetary systems, and monitoring financial execution of the agency budget.

Schurr is currently deputy director of the Strategic Investments Division within the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation. He has 24 years of program and management experience at NASA, mostly at the Johnson Space Center. Schurr has been a shuttle payload officer, manager of the Italian and Japanese elements for the International Space Station and deputy business manager for the International Space Station.

NASA's new comptroller holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame and master's degrees in process control and business administration from the University of Houston.

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