Strategic Resources Review Follow-up on Candidate Actions


National Aeronautics and
Space Administration

Office of the Administrator
Washington, DC 20546-0001

SEP 1 3 2001
TO: Distribution
FROM: AA/Chief of Staff
SUBJECT: Strategic Resources Review Follow-up on Candidate Actions

The Administrator and I wish to express our appreciation to each of you for devoting this past weekend to the Strategic Resource Review exercise. We recognize the personal sacrifice this imposed on each of you and your support staff. We also recognize the extraordinary budgetary stress that we are operating under has been further exacerbated by the past week's horrific events. Nonetheless, in keeping with the President's guidance, it is incumbent on us as Agency leaders to get on with the business of establishing our priorities within an increasingly constrained fiscal environment. While we still have a long way to go before our work is complete, you all managed to surface significant issues that will help us establish priorities and prepare for the future.

Provided as attachments are the following:

  1. A consolidated list of actions generated at the September 7-9 meeting; and
  2. A template for responding to the actions
Please review item 1 to ensure that the actions have been correctly stated and assigned. If there are issues, please follow up with Sue Garman by noon on Friday, September 14.

We want to emphasize that the attached list of candidate actions is preliminary; some actions should be implemented while, after examination, others will prove to be unsuitable. Additionally between our offsite and this letter, this week's terrible tragedy has brought heightened security to our attention. If any of the candidate actions are inappropriate in light of these events, please factor that into your response. In any case, use your best judgment and come to our next meeting with recommendations.

Please provide your action responses per the proposed format (item 2) via e-mail to Sue Garman at sgarman@hq.nasa.gov by 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 18. I know that many of your staff are feeling the burden of a heavy workload, so I ask that you provide the greatest definition to those items assigned to you that promise a significant payoff within the budget horizon (in terms of fundamental change, FTE's, or dollars). In no case should safety or the support to primary mission or key secondary and transformational activities be compromised. Other candidate actions will be fleshed out more fully at a later date. We intend to meet for several hours on Wednesday, September 19, to review you inputs. More details on this meeting will be forthcoming soon.

If you have a need to update your workforce numbers, updates should be provided to Craig Conlin by September 28

Distribution:
Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices
AI/Dr. Mulville
AB/Mr. Christensen
AE/Mr. Keegan
AO/Mr. Holcomb
AS/Dr. Olsen
B/Mr. Peterson
F/Ms. Novak
I/Mr. Schumacher
J/Mr. Sutton
M/Mr. Rothenberg
P/Mr. Mahone (Acting)
R/Mr. Venneri
S/Dr. Weiler
Y/Dr. Asrar

Directors, NASA Centers
ARC/Dr. McDonald
DFRC/Mr. Petersen
GRC/Mr. Campbell
GSFC/Mr. Diaz
JSC/Mr. Estess (Acting)
KSC/Mr. Bridges
LaRC/Dr. Creedon
MSFC/Mr. Stephenson
SSC/Mr. Craig (Acting)

Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr.Elachi

Cc:
Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices
AA/Ms. Garman
L/Mr. Bingham (Acting)

Pre-decisional Information

STRATEGIC RESOURCE REVIEW: CONSOLIDATED LIST OF CANDIDATE ACTIONS

September 10, 2001

NO.

CANDIDATE ACTION

ASSIGNEE

 

SPACE SHUTTLE

1

Privatize the Space Shuttle by CY04 flight and ground systems, mission planning and operations, and crew health care

R/Rothenberg

 

2

Expand reimbursable marker for human space flight activities (e.g., OV-102 flights, space flight participants, brand name ads)

M/Rothenberg,

JSC/Estess

 

3

Involve Michoud facilities/activities in shuttle privatization efforts

M/Rothenberg,

MSFC/Stephenson

 

4

Identify optimal astronaut complement/composition and resources

JSC/Estess

 

5

Explore commercialization of flight surgeons at JSC

JSC/Estess

 

6

Cancel JSC small EMU

JSC/Estess

 

7

Ensure KSC retains insight/oversight capability thru shuttle privatization

KSC/Bridges

 

8

Close Shuttle Engineering Support Room at MSFC’s HOSC (dependent on MSFC’s role in shuttle privatization) consistent with provisions of appropriations/authorization report language)

MSFC/Stephenson

 
       

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

9

Negotiate International partner lab/hab contribution

I/Schumacher

 

10

Negotiate how international partners could fund an X-38 crew return vehicle

I/Schumacher

 

11

Determine how international partners could support operational requirements/research through non-conventional means

I/Schumacher

U/Olsen

 

12

Find savings in addition to the following: efficiencies (lab/facility closures, right-size corps/resources, outsourcing, aircraft elimination, partnerships); ISS rates; ISS power lab consolidation; cancel X38/ECLSS engineering

M/Rothenberg

 

13

Accelerate establishment of Non-Governmental Organization to manage ISS research; determine impact of decision on cost, schedule, FTEs, etc.

U/Olsen

 
       

NASA TELEVISION

14

Examine privatizing (or other options) NASA TV

AP/Mahone

 

15

Examine television infrastructure across Agency

AP/Mahone

 

16

Provide alternate info sources (web streaming, et.) as alternatives to NASA TV

AP/Mahone

 
       

CONSOLIDATE/OUTSOURCE

17

Consolidate grants processing at 1-2 Centers

AB/Christensen,

H/Luedtke

 

18

Consolidate travel processing

AB/Christensen

 

19

Consolidate credit card payments

AB/Christensen

 

20

Consolidate voucher payments

AB/Christensen

 

21

Consolidate routine human resource processing

AB/Christensen

 

22

Consolidate incremental funding of contracts

AB/Christensen

 

23

Consolidate science database management: consider outsourcing

AS/Olsen

 

24

Consider outsourcing plating shops: determine if common Agency source is available

J/Sutton

 

NO.

CANDIDATE ACTION

ASSIGNEE

 

25

Consider outsourcing machine/fabrication shops unless time critical need exists or need cannot be met by outside supplier or work involves development of experimental process

J/Sutton

 

26

Consider outsourcing and/or consolidating calibration and test facilities (not a candidate for a one-size-fits-all solution)

J/Sutton

 

27

Consider outsourcing warehouses

J/Sutton

 

28

Consider outsourcing and/or consolidating receiving, inspection, and test facilities

J/Sutton

 

29

Consider consolidating technical wet film labs

J/Sutton

 

30

Consider outsourcing wind tunnel operations

R/Venneri

 

31

Consider outsourcing DFRC facility operations and shops

DFRC/Peterson

 

32

Consolidate Base Operations Contracts at GRC/Plumbrook

GRC/Campbell

 

33

Consider outsourcing GSFC training function

GSFC/Diaz

 

34

Consider commercializing GSFC visitor functions

GSFC/Diaz

 

35

Consider consolidating weather service and/or transitioning to a national service

KSC/Bridges

 

36

Consider commercializing KSC launch guest operations

KSC/Bridges

 

37

Consider consolidating NASA/DoD propulsion facilities thru the NRPTA

SSC/Craig

 

38

Consider consolidating NASA propulsion test facilities through RFTMB

SSC/Craig

 

39

Consider consolidating JSC arcject with ARC arcjet facility

JSC/Estess,

ARC/McDonald

 
       

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PARKS and PARTNERSHIPS

40

Develop ARC research park

ARC/McDonald

 

41

Examine creating DFRC aerospace research, training, and education consortia in local area

DFRC/Peterson

 

42

Explore GRC research park development

GRC/Campbell

 

43

Explore GRC technology park development

GRC/Campbell

 

44

GSFC Space science-Planetary: examine transforming into UARC

GSFC/Diaz

 

45

JSC research park: Determine how JSC could build a research park (e.g., Ames), resources required, etc.

JSC/Estess

 

46

KSC SERPL: Examine transition of life sciences activities to SERPL (partnership with FSRI and UF’s Center for Space and Agric. Biotech Research Institute)

KSC/Bridges

 

47

Establish KSC space commerce park (partnership with Spaceport Florida Authority)

KSC/Bridges

 

48

Create LaRC National Institute of Aerospace

LaRC/Creedon

 

49

Expand MSFC NSSTC to cover microgravity and optics (and do not backfill)

MSFC/Stephenson

 

50

Partner with universities and transition Center libraries to them

Center Directors

 

51

Establish Research Engineering and Technology Insititues

R/Venneri

 

52

Transfer spacecraft extended mission operations to universities

S/Weiler

 

53

Partner with university re: GRC icing tunnel

GRC/Campbell

 

54

Establish GRC Microgravity institute

GRC/Campbell

 

55

Establish GRC Aerospace park

GRC/Campbell

 

56

Broaden/strengthen NSBRI

JSC/Estess

 

57

Develop Engineering Research Institute to provide leadership in research and applied engineering in concert with academia/industry

JSC/Estess

 

 

 

NO.

CANDIDATE ACTION

ASSIGNEE

 

58

KSC Spaceport and Range Technologies

KSC/Bridges

 

59

Create University/LaRC Low Turbulence Pressure Tunnel partnership

LaRC/Creedon

 

60

Initiate earth science applications university centers of excellence

SSC/Craig

 
       

GOVERNMENTAL

61

Consider establishing DFRC National Aerospace Flight Research

DFRC/Petersen

 

62

Examine establishment of Space Academy at JSC

JSC/Estess

 

63

Evaluate approach to establishing KSC Federal Spaceport

KSC/Bridges

 
       

NEW WAYS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH NASA

64

Develop distributed collaborative engineering

AB/Keegan

 

65

Establish common I/T infrastructure: provide standard desktop software loads Agency-wide

AO/Holcomb

 

66

Establish common I/T infrastructure: establish coporate Agency-wide electronic directory of people, places, things

AO/Holcomb

 

67

Establish common I/T infrastructure: define/implement web management structure

AO/Holcomb

 

68

Establish common I/T infrastructure: establish secure nomadic access to provide secure web-enabled access to files and applications

AO/Holcomb

 

69

Establish common I/T infrastructure: establish I/T secrutiy architecture to create NASA-wide external firewall architecture for internal NASA applications

AO/Holcomb

 

70

Publications: Establish policy regarding printing, distribution, storage, disposal

AO/Holcomb,

J/Sutton

 

71

Develop common grants package/process

AS/Olsen

 

72

Expand Human Resource options: use of IPAs, pay banding, extended terms, etc.

F/Novak

 

73

Standardize organizational coding

F/Novak,

B/Peterson

 

74

Establish SBIR/venture capital partnership

R/Venneri

 

75

Commercialize Stennis gas production, storage, and onsite distribution

Stennis/Craig

 
       

PARTNERSHIPS

76

JPL Earth Science: Build broader customer base (DoD and others) to deliver aggressive radar-based results program: work with Sam Armstrong/Partnership Council

S/Weiler,

JPL/Blachi

 

77

Partner with DoD on large optics and related areas for space-based observation

Y/Asrar,

MSFC/Stephenson

 

78

Explore options for building a DFRC National Science Platform Aircraft consortium

DFRC/Peterson

 

79

Explore options for partnering with DoD/industry to form National Aerospace Flight Center

DFRC/Peterson

 

80

Explore partnership on Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility

LaRC/Creedon

 
       

FACILITY CLOSURES

81

Explore use of Rocket Propulsion Test Management Board for disposition/consolidation of Agency propulsion test facilities

M/Rothenberg

 

 

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NO.

CANDIDATE ACTION

ASSIGNEE

 

82

Evaluate closures of MSFC Payload Operations Integration Center and transfer of functions to JSC

R/Rothenberg,

JSC/Estess,

MSFC/Stephenson

 

83

Mothball JSC Manipulator Development Facility; convert RMS training to graphics-based

JSC/Estess

 

84

Place JSC Thermal Vac Chamber A on standby

JSC/Estess

 

85

Evaluate closure of JSC on-site main library effective FY04

JSC/Estess

 

86

Evaluate closure of LaRC Impact Dynamics Research Facility after FY03

LaRC/Creedon

 

87

Evaluate closure of additional MSFC facilities

MSFC/Stephenson

 
       

OTHER

88

Extend refresh schedule for most ODIN-supplied PCs

AO/Holcomb

 

89

Establish agency-wide contract for cell phones/pagers, supplies/materials

J/Sutton

 

90

Dispose of Center administrative aircraft except where necessary for time criticality or unusual circumstances (e.g., crew family transport)

J/Sutton

 

91

Reincorporate Wide Area Network portion of CSOC into Program Information Systems Missions Services Contract

M/Rothenberg

 

92

Transform JSC life sciences into three functions: operational aspects for astronaut crew health, JSC bridge between operational support and peer-reviewed research, and peer reviewed research

U/Olsen

 

93

JSC earth science: Review requirement for earth science at JSC

Y/Asrar

 

94

Get out of lines of business (outsource functions that are commercially available unless there is a time criticality requirement or function involves advanced development)

Center Directors

 

95

Prioritize educational outreach programs

Center Directors

 

96

Develop aggressive tech transfer delivery system

  • Develop regional profiles: Center, universities, and industries within 50 miles of Center
  • Invite Michael Porter to do study on opportunities
  • Host NASA/academia/industry/community forum on government/university/industry partnerships

Center Directors

(profile)

AI/Christensen

TBD

 

97

Explore focusing NASA/national UAV development/flight test capability at DFRC/Edwards

R/Venneri

 

98

Evaluate phasing out earth science civil servants at MSFC; maintain support through competed grant work

GSFC/Diaz

 

99

Pursue development of research park to do earth science work at MSFC

GSFC/Diaz

LaRC/Creedon

MSFC/Stephenson

 

100

Identify 10 percent overhead/burden saving at JPL

JPL/Elachi

 

101

Mothball or fund operator for JSC lunar sample curatorial facility

JSC/Estess

 

102

Explore options for reducing cost of JSC contractor issues

JSC/Estess

 

103

Evaluate methods for reducing resource investment in special events at JSC

JSC/Estess

 

104

Explore alternate funding sources for JSC Longhorn Project

JSC/Estess

 

105

Re-evaluate all JSC non-reimbursible agreements based on JSC benefit

JSC/Estess

 

106

Explore balanced agreements on personnel exchanges with all federal agencies

AB/Christensen

 

107

Pursue providing totally digital photo lab at JSC in FY03

JSC/Estess

 

108

Commercialize CSOC

JSC/Estess

 

NO.

CANDIDATE ACTION

ASSIGNEE

 

109

Competitive source with industry, DoD, DoE, or Stennis for WSTF functions

JSC/Estess

 

110

Implement virtual engineering environment to facilitate consolidation of JSC/MSFC engineering functions

JSC/Estess

MSFC/Stephenson

 

111

Develop innovative process improvements in the areas of HSF customer integration and hazard analysis

JSC/Estess

 

112

Phase out Super Guppy after S6 delivery

JSC/Estess

 

113

Eliminate G-1 by CY02

JSC/Estess

 

114

Store one SCA

JSC/Estess

 

115

Evaluate savings from retirement of KC-135

JSC/Estess

 

116

Discontinue ICM caretaker support: abandon HW

JSC/Estess

 

117

Maximize use of off-site processing facilities

KSC/Bridges

 

118

Authorize non-govt. use of on-site facilities

KSC/Bridges

 

119

Increase collaboration for Spaceport and Range technologies with other Centers, states, USAFD, FAA, academia

KSC/Bridges

 

120

Establish UARC/FFRDC for spaceport and range technologies (including fabrication portions of prototype lab)

KSC/Bridges

 

121

Lead SLI "operations" partnerships (in support of MSFC) with other Centers and USAF

KSC/Bridges

 

122

Seek alternative financing for Second Generation RLV full scale development (per Szalai SLI External Requirements Assessment Team)

MSFC/Stephenson

 

123

Consider transferring MSFC ECLSS engineering and TMAS engineering to JSC

MSFC/Stephenson

 

124

All engine testing (present and future — including SLI) will be managed by SSC (not development testing, however)

  • Make proposal to Goldin/Stadd for SSC to become testing center for Nation (with deployable team) (deadline: within weeks)

SSC/Craig

 
       

REVIEW

125

Review how many of life science SSCs at JSC might go into a research park