From: Rep. Rohrabacher
Posted: Monday, April 7, 2003
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
March 14, 2003
Dr. Jeremiah Creedon
Associate Administrator for Aerospace Technology
National Aeronautics and Space administration
Dear. Dr. Creedon:
In my letter of November 15, 2002, to Administrator O'Keefe endorsing the President's FY2003 budget amendment restructuring NASA's Integrated Space Transportation Plan I stated that:
"I also believe NASA should continue its efforts in the Space Launch Initiative that enables procurement of commercial services for Space Station cargo and logistics missions."
By this of course, I was referring to the SLI-contained Alternate Access to Station (AAS) program. As you may know, I have long championed this effort to use the creativity of American entrepreneurs to help satisfy the important national requirement of complementary cargo delivery to the International Space Station. My NASA Authorization Act of 2000 specifically endorsed the establishment of the Alternate Access program and recent Appropriations reports have given AAS strong bipartisan support.
However, I have been concerned for some time about NASA's apparent inability to quickly and effectively implement AAS to achieve it stated goals. In particular I was puzzled by NASA's apparent use of the vast majority of funds appropriated for AAS over the past three years on "new technology" projects instead of enabling commercial ISS logistics services as soon as possible. These worries were the source of my subcommittee staff's ongoing questions to you and your staff about AAS ever since the ISTP restructuring.
I now understand that there has been some unfortunate confusion over what goals our staffs were discussing over the recent months. Therefore I am sending you this letter to make my agenda on this matter clear.
Sir, no one cheered louder than I when you came to D.C. last summer to replace Mr. Venneri, but I am concerned that NASA may repeat errors made under his watch. Please be confident that I stand ready to work with you to successfully implement a focused and expedited AAS program and a focused and expedited OSP initiative. Feel free to contact Ruben Van Mitchell or myself if you have any further questions on this matter.
Member of Congress
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