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NPD 1000.3D
Effective Date: December 03, 2008
Cancellation Date: August 21, 2013
Responsible Office: AA51

The NASA Organization w/Change 66


Special Notice: All information in this directive is not current. Contact Annette Frederick on 202 358-1188 for further information.

Table of Contents

Change Log

Preface

P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1: General Provisions

1.1 Organizational Standards
1.2 Terms
1.3 Lines of Succession

Chapter 2: The NASA Organization

2.1 The NASA Organizational Chart

Chapter 3: Reserved

Chapter 4: Mission Statements and Organizational Charts for Headquarters Offices

4.1 Office of the Administrator
4.2 Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
4.3 Space Technology Mission Directorate
4.4 Science Mission Directorate
4.5 Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
4.6 Mission Support Directorate
4.7 Office of the Chief Financial Officer
4.8 Office of the Chief Information Officer
4.9 Office of the Chief Scientist
4.10 Office of the Chief Technologist
4.11 Office of the Chief Engineer
4.12 Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer
4.13 Office of Safety and Mission Assurance
4.14 Reserved
4.15 Office of Communications
4.16 Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
4.17 Office of Education
4.18 Office of the General Counsel
4.19 Office of International and Interagency Relations
4.20 Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
4.21 Office of Small Business Programs
4.22 Office of the Inspector General

Chapter 5: Mission Statements and Organizational Charts For Centers, NASA's Federally Funded Research and Development Center, and Technical and Service Support Centers

5.1 Ames Research Center
5.2 Armstrong Flight Research Center
5.3 John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field
5.4 Goddard Space Flight Center
5.5 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
5.6 Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
5.7 John F. Kennedy Space Center
5.8 Langley Research Center
5.9 George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
5.10 John C. Stennis Space Center
5.11 NASA Engineering and Safety Center
5.12 NASA Shared Services Center
5.13 NASA Safety Center
5.14 Independent Verification and Validation Program
5.15 Independent Program Assessment Office

Chapter 6: Charters for NASA Councils, Committees, Boards, and Panels

6.1 NASA Charters
6.2 Federal Advisory Committee Act(FACA)Committees

Governing Councils
6.3 Strategic Management Council
6.4 Mission Support Council
6.5 Program Management Council

Chapter 7: The Organizational Change Process

7.1 Changes to Mission Statements and Organizational Charts
7.2 NASA Charters


Change Log









Ch #

Approver

Date Approved

Description/Comments

66

Associate Administrator

01/7/2015

CHAPTER 4, 4.6, MISSION SUPPORT DIRECTORATE - Changes to organizational structure include: disestablishing the Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems (OICMS) and realigning some functions within MSD and others to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. CHAPTER 4, 4.7, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - No changes made to organizational structure. Changes made to the narrative sections to include functional responsibilities transferred from MSD.

65

Associate Administrator

10/2/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.6, JOHNSON SPACE CENTER - Major changes to organizational structure include: Establishes two new Directorates (Flight Operations Directorate and Exploration Integration and Science Directorate) which incorporate a host of other organizations that will be abolished. Abolishes the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office and the Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement Office. Renames the Exploration Planning Office to become the JSC Host Office and the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program Office will become the Orion Program. Minimal changes to the narrative section of 5.6 were made to include updating the Line of Succession.

64

Associate Administrator

9/30/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.12, NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER - Major changes to organizational structure include: Establishes the Support Operations Directorate which combines the functions of the Business and Administration Office and the Office of the CIO. Minimal changes to the narrative section of 5.12 were made to include updating the Line of Succession.

63

Associate Administrator

9/24/2014

CHAPTER 4, 4.6, MISSION SUPPORT DIRECTORATE - Changes to organizational structure include: Establishes the Resources and Performance Management Office and removes the NASA Management Office. No changes were made to the narrative section of 4.6.

62

Associate Administrator

9/17/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.7, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Major changes to organizational structure include: Abolished the Ground Processing Directorate and moved the associated functions into other existing organizations. Establishment of Communication and Public Engagement organization which will encompass Education, External Relations, and Public Affairs. Retitled the ISS Ground Processing and Research Project Directorate to the Exploration Research and Technology Programs and the Center Operations Directorate to Spaceport Integration and Services and the Engineering and Technology Directorate to Engineering. The word "Office" or "Directorate" was removed from the title of all organizations. Changes were made to the narrative section of 5.7 to support this reorganization.

61

Associate Administrator

9/9/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.10, STENNIS SPACE CENTER - Changes to organizational structure include: Abolished the Project Directorate and moved the associated functions into a newly created division within the Engineering and Test Directorate. No changes were made to the narrative section of 5.10.

60

Associate Administrator

9/9/2014

CHAPTER 4, 4.11, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER - Changes to organizational structure include: - Restructuring and renaming of two divisions...the Advanced Planning and Analysis Division is now the Engineering Policy, Practice and Development Division and the Engineering Program Project Management Division is now the Program and Project Management Policy, Practice and Development Division. - Realign Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) - Reflect the Chief Knowledge Officer as an element of the Front Office and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center as a Division. Minor changes were also made to the narrative section of NPD 1000.3.

59

Associate Administrator for Human Capital Management

6/5/2014

CHAPTER 4, 4.9, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SCIENTIST - Updated Line of Succession only.

58

Associate Administrator for Mission Support Directorate

4/25/2014

CHAPTER 4, 4.6 MISSION SUPPORT DIRECTORATE - Restructuring within the Office of Strategic Infrastructure (OSI) required an update to the Line of Succession. OSI is shown via hyperlink. (2) Office of Strategic Infrastructure.

57

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

4/25/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.4, GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - Updated Line of Succession only.

56

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

4/11/2014

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Updated Line of Succession only.

55

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

3/7/2014

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES - Changes made after announcement of name change for Dryden Flight Research Center to Armstrong Flight Research Center. Edits made to the Table of Contents; Chapter 1, General Provisions; Chapter 2, Agency Organizational Chart; and Chapter 5, 5.2, Dryden Flight Research Center.

54

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

3/7/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.9, MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - Updated Line of Succession only.

53

Associate Administrator

1/8/2014

CHAPTER 5, 5.1, AMES RESEARCH CENTER - Updated organizational structure to restructure, rename, and establish organizations. No changes were made to the narrative section of 5.1.

52

Associate Administrator

12/6/2013

CHAPTER 4, 4.2, HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OPERATIONS MISSION DIRECTORATE - Updated organizational structure to dissolve two Divisions and reclassify another. Changes were also made to the narrative section of NPD 1000.3.

51

Associate Administrator

12/6/2013

CHAPTER 5, 5.3, GLENN RESEARCH CENTER - Updated organizational structure to eliminate several directorates, establish a new directorate, and rename several others. The Line of Succession was updated.

50

Associate Administrator

8/12/2013

CHAPTER 5, 5.7, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Updated organizational structure to eliminate the Shuttle Transition Retirement Office. No changes were made to the narrative section of NPD 1000.3.

49

Associate Administrator

6/11/2013

CHAPTER 5, 5.9, MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - Updated organizational structure to eliminate the Shuttle-Ares Transition Office. Minor edits were also made to the narrative section of NPD 1000.3.

48

Associate Administrator

5/28/2013

CHAPTER 5, 5.10, STENNIS SPACE CENTER - Organizational chart updated to show dotted line relationship for Rocket Propulsion Test Program Office.

47

Administrator

5/14/2013

CHAPTER 4, 4.3, SPACE TECHNOLOGY MISSION DIRECTORATE and 4.10, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST - After the establishment of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, some changes were made to both mission statements to further clarify roles and responsibilities. Of particular note was the role of the Agency senior point of contact for the NASA Advisory Council Technology and Innovation Committee. No changes to organizational charts were made.

46

Associate Administrator

3/11/2013

CHAPTER 5,5.10, STENNIS SPACE CENTER - Updated organizational structure to establish the Office of the Chief Technologist, renaming the Office of Public Affairs to the Office of Communications, and elevating the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance from a mission office to a Directorate. Minor edits were also made to the narrative section of NPD 1000.3.

45

Associate Administrator

2/21/2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS AND CHAPTERS 1 AND 2 - Administrative changes made as a result of adding the newly created Space Technology Mission Directorate. Changes include adding STMD where appropriate and updating the NASA Agency organizational chart.

44

Administrator

2/21/2013

CHAPTER 4, 4.10, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST and 4.3, SPACE TECHNOLOGY MISSION DIRECTORATE - The Office of the Chief Technologist was restructured and some functions were transferred to the newly created Space Technology Mission Directorate. Changes include revised/new organizational charts and narrative data.

43

Deputy Administrator

2/13/2013

CHAPTER 5, 5.12, NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER - Updated organizational structure to establish the Information Technology Division as a direct report to the Executive Director. No changes were made to the narrative section of NPD 1000.3.

42

Associate Administrator

2/13/2013

CHAPTER 4, 4.9, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SCIENTIST - First Mission statement for this office to be included in NPD 1000.3. No changes were made to the organizational chart.

41

Associate Administrator

1/17/2013

CHAPTER 5, 5.7, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Revised organizational chart moves the Center Planning Development functions from the Director's office and creates a Directorate and corrects the name of the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program Office to remove the word Office. No edits were made to KSC's narrative section.

40

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

12/17/2012

CHAPTERs 4 & 5 - Administrative edits include updating organizational name changes and adding or deleting obsolete data.

39

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

11/27/2012

CHAPTER 4 - 4.12 Office of The Chief Health adn Medical Officer - - Revised the look of the organizational chart. Made internal changes to combine functions (Occupational Health and Medicine of Extreme Environments) and retitle to NASA Health and Medical Systems. Also updated the Line of Succession..

38

Associate Administrator

09/24/2012

CHAPTER 5 - 5.6 Johnson Space Research Center - - Changes to organizational chart only to rename the Space Life Sciences Directorate to the Human Health and Performance Directorate.

37

Associate Administrator for MSD

05/25/2012

CHAPTER 4 - 4.6 Mission Support Directorate - - Mission statements for the offices reporting to the Mission Support Directorate are being included via hyperlink.
(1) Human Capital Management
(2) Strategic Infrastructure
(3) Headquarters Operations
(4) NASA Shared Services Center
(5) Internal Controls and Management Systems
(6) Procurement. (7) Protective Services
(8) NASA Management Office

36

Associate Administrator

06/7/2012

CHAPTER 5,5.8, LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organizational chart documents the restructuring, renaming, and abolishment of several organizations. Edits were also made to the Line of Succession to support the revised organizational structure.

35

Associate Administrator

06/7/2012

CHAPTER 4,4.10, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST - Revised organizational structure to establish the Space Technology Program Office, consolidate three divisions to form the Program Execution Office, and renamed three additional offices. Edits were also made to the Line of Succession to support the revised organizational structure.

34

Deputy Administrator

03/27/2012

CHAPTER 4.19, OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AND INTERAGENCY RELATIONS - Revised organizational structure to rename two organizations and update the Line of Succession to support the new names.

33

Associate Administrator

03/27/2012

CHAPTER 4,4.2, HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OPERATIONS MISSION DIRECTORATE- New organizational chart and narrative to support new Mission Directorate created by merging the Space Operations Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.

32

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management

03/21/2012

CHAPTER 4, 4.7, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - Edits were made to the Line of Succession only.

31

Associate Administrator

03/08/2012

CHAPTER 5,5.7, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Revised organizational chart documents the establishment and abolishment of several organizations. Edits were also made to the Line of Succession to support the revised organizational structure.

30

Associate Administrator

03/01/2012

CHAPTER 5,5.6, JOHNSON SPACE CENTER - Revised organizational chart documents the establishment and abolishment of several organizations. Minor edits to the narrative supports the revised organizational structure.

29

Associate Administrator

02/01/2012

CHAPTER 5,5.14, INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION PROGRAM OFFICE - Revised organizational chart and supporting narrative documents with name change from the IV&V Facility to the IV&V Program Office as well as identifies new names for all organizations.

28

Associate Administrator

11/02/2011

CHAPTER 5 - CENTER ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS - Updated Center organizational charts as needed to show the reporting relationships with the:

•Office of the Chief Financial Officer
•Office of the Chief Information Officer
•Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
•Office of Communications
Center charts updated to include ARC, DFRC, GSFC, JSC, SSC, and NSSC. - Revised organizational chart to realign the Office of Human Capital Management under the Office of the Center Director. No changes were made to the mission statement.

27

Associate Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator

11/02/2011

CHAPTER 4 - Full section renumbered to be in line with updated Table of Contents. Additional changes include: modifying the reporting structure and/or establishing or renaming organizations.
- 4.6 Mission Support Directorate
- 4.7 Office of the Chief Financial Officer
- 4.10 Office of the Chief Technologist
- 4.15 Office of Communications
- 4.16 Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
- 4.17 Office of Education
- 4.20 Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
- 4.21 Office of Small Business Programs

26

Associate Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator

11/02/2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS; CHAPTER 1, GENERAL PROVISIONS; CHAPTER 2, ORGANIZATIONAL CHART; AND CHAPTER 7, THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE PROCESS - Administrative edits to update directive with changes made by the office of the Administrator. Changes include adding, removing, or renaming organizations; updating the Agency organizational chart; and updating the approval processes used for making changes to the directive.

25

Associate Administrator

9/01/2011

CHAPTER 5, 5.3, GLENN RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organizational chart to realign the Office of Human Capital Management under the Office of the Center Director. No changes were made to the mission statement.

24

Associate Administrator

7/21/2011

CHAPTER 5, 5.9, MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - Revised organizational changes include: Transformed the Science and Mission Systems Office into two separate offices; the Science Technology Office and the Flight Programs and partnerships Office. The Shuttle Propulsion Office transitions to the Shuttle-Ares Transition Office. Lastly, establishment of the new Space Launch System Program Office. The Centers mission statement has been updated to support these changes.

23

Associate Administrator

7/18/2011

CHAPTER 5, 5.8, LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organizational changes renames two offices: the Systems Engineering Directorate to the Engineering Directorate and the Research and Technology Directorate to the Research Directorate. The Center's mission statement has also been updated to more clearly communicate its core missions and the Line of Succession.

22

Associate Administrator

7/18/2011

CHAPTER 4, 4.5, AERONAUTICS RESEARCH MISSION DIRECTORATE - Revised organizational changes established the Resources Management Office and the Strategy, Architecture, and Analysis Office and renamed the Mission Support Office to the Integration and Management Office. Only changes to the current mission statement are in the Line of Succession.

21

Associate Administrator

3/24/2011

CHAPTER 5, 5.3, GLENN RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organizational chart abolishes the Diversity Office and renames the Office of Equal Opportunity to the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. No changes were made to the mission statement.

20

Associate Administrator

2/18/2011

CHAPTER 5, 5.4, GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - Revised organizational chart renames the Office of Public Affairs to the Office of Communications. No changes were made to the mission statement.

19

Associate Administrator

2/18/2011

CHAPTER 4, 4.4, SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE - Revised organizational change ESTABLISHED the James Webb Space telescope Program Office. No changes were made to the mission statement.

18

Associate Administrator for Agency Operations

1/28/2011

CHAPTER 4, 4.6, NASA MANAGEMENT OFFICE - minor revisions to the mission statement.

17

Deputy Administrator

12/20/2010

CHAPTER 5, 5.15, INDEPENDENT PROGRAM ASSESSMENT OFFICE - New mission statement and organization chart being included in NPD 1000.3 as a service support center.

16

Associate Administrator

11/18/2010

CHAPTER 5, 5.3, GLENN RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organization chart established the Office of Technology Partnerships and Planning. Only changes to the current mission statement are in the Line of Succession.

15

Deputy Administrator

10/29/2010

CHAPTER 4, 4.7, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - Revised organizational change include the realignment of the Mission Support Office. Changes to the mission statement were primarily to the Line of Succession section.

14

Deputy Administrator

10/25/2010

CHAPTER 4, 4.20, OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFIARS - New organizational changes include some restructuring within divisions and the reestablishment of the Appropriations Division. The mission statement changes support the restructured organization.

13

Associate Administrator

10/22/2010

CHAPTER 5, 5.7, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - New organizational changes include abolishing the Engineering and Technical Operations Directorate and the Business Operations Office; splitting the External Relations Directorate into two new directorates (Public Affairs Directorate and Education and External Relations Directorate); and removed the word Constellation from the Constellation Space Transportation Planning Office. No changes were made to the current mission statement.

12

Associate Administrator

9/30/2010

CHAPTER 5, 5.3, GLENN RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organization chart establishes the Aeronautics Research Office. No changes were made to the mission statement.

11

Deputy Administrator

8/6/2010

CHAPTER 4, 4.8, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER - New organizational changes include abolishing the Enterprise Portfolio Management Division; establishing the Technology and Innovation Division; renaming the Policy and Investment Division to the Capital Planning and Governance Division; and renaming the Architecture and Infrastructure Division to the Enterprise Service and Integration Division. The mission statement changes support the new structure.

10

Associate Administrator

08/5/2010

CHAPTER 4, 4. 4, SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE - New organization chart to add the Joint Agency Satellite Division. The mission statement changes support the new responsibilities associated with this division.

9

Associate Administrator

06/14/2010

CHAPTER 5, 5.10, STENNIS SPACE CENTER - Revised organizational structure redistributed the functions within the Office of External Affairs to create two separate offices, Public Affairs and Education. No changes were made to the current mission statement.

8

Associate Administrator

04/01/2010

CHAPTER 5, 5.3, GLENN RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organization chart eliminated the External Programs Directorate and moved the functions to other organizations at the Center. Only changes to the current mission statement are in the Line of Succession.

7

Associate Administrator

12/02/2009

CHAPTER 5, 5.4, GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - Revised organization chart removed the Office of Education from the Office of Public Affairs to create a stand-alone organization. No changes were made to the current mission statement.

6

Associate Administrator

8/14/2009

CHAPTER 5, 5.7, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Revised organization chart establishes the Constellation Space Transportation Planning Office and moves the responsibilities from the Applied Technology Directorate to the Engineering Directorate. No changes were made to the current mission statement.

5

Associate Administrator

7/22/2009

CHAPTER 4, 4.5, AERONAUTICS RESEARCH MISSION DIRECTORATE - Revised organization chart added the Integrated Systems Research Program Office. No changes made to the mission statement.

4

Associate Deputy Administrator

6/26/2009

CHAPTER 4, 4.17, OFFICE OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES - The Intelligence Division renamed the Safeguards Division. Line of Succession changed to correct title.

3

Associate Deputy Administrator

5/21/2009

CHAPTER 4, 4.17, OFFICE OF SECURITY AND PROGRAM PROTECTION - Reorganization to include changing the name of the organization to the Office of Protective Services and restructuring to realign NASA's security-related functions to improve overall efficiency. Minor edits to the mission statement to reflect the new office name.

2

Associate Administrator

5/18/2009

CHAPTER 5, 5.8, LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER - Revised organization chart creates the Strategic Relationships Office by restructuring the Office of Strategic Communications and Education and the Advance Planning and Partnership Office. No changes were made to the mission statement.

1

Associate Administrator

5/18/2009

CHAPTER 4, 4.5, AERONAUTICS RESEARCH MISSION DIRECTORATE - Revised organization chart to added a box that shows the Aeronautics test Program. Minor edits made to the mission statement as well.


Preface

P.1 Purpose

This NASA Policy Directive (NPD) documents the NASA organization, defines terms, and sets forth the standards and requirements for establishing, modifying, and documenting the NASA organizational structure and for assigning organizational responsibilities. Specific duties of NASA officials are described in their official position descriptions rather than in this document.

P.2 Applicability

This NPD is applicable to NASA Headquarters, NASA Centers, and NASA's Component Facilities. It also applies to the Inspector General (IG), except in so far as it contravenes the requirements of the IG Act (Public Law 95-452), as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix).

P.3 Authority

42 U.S.C. 2473 (c) (1), Section 203(c) (1) of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook.

b. NPD 1001.0, NASA Strategic Plan.

P.5 Measurement/Verification

None.

P.6 Cancellation

NPD 1000.3C, NASA Organization, dated February 15, 2007.

/S/
Michael D. Griffin
Administrator


Chapter 1: General Provisions

1.1 Organizational Standards

1.1.1 The Administrator decides the overall mission and organizational structure of the Agency.

1.1.2 The Deputy Administrator approves changes to mission statements and organizational charts for the Office of the Administrator, the Office of the Inspector General, the Mission Support Directorate, and all Headquarters Offices not listed in section 1.1.3 below.

1.1.3 The Associate Administrator approves changes to mission statements and organizational charts for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, the Office of the Chief Engineer, the Office of the Chief Technologist, the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Mission Directorates, and the Centers.

1.1.4 Changes to mission statements and organizational charts for Technical and Service Support Centers will be approved by the Deputy Administrator or the Associate Administrator, depending on the Centers' reporting structure.

1.1.5 The Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices (OICs) and Center Directors will approve their mission statements and organizational structures below the level shown on the organizational charts identified in Chapters 4 and 5. The corresponding organizational charts will be maintained by the OIC or Center Director.

1.1.6 Organizational processes, such as ad hoc or temporary advisory groups or positions, will not be identified on the organizational charts. Special working relationships with other organizations will be described in the Special Relationships paragraph of the mission statement but not shown on the organizational chart.

1.1.7 Affected parties, including Congressional committees, employees, officially recognized employee unions, suppliers, customers, and supporting organizations should be notified of significant aspects of the organizational change process.

1.2 Terms

1.2.1 INSTALLATIONS:

1.2.1.1 Headquarters is composed of the following:

a. Office of the Administrator. This term includes the following officials:

(1) Administrator.

(2) Deputy Administrator.

(3) Associate Administrator.

(4) Chief of Staff.

(5) Associate Deputy Administrator.

(6) Assistant Associate Administrator.

(7) Associate Deputy Administrator for Policy and Strategy.

(8) Deputy Chief of Staff.

(9) White House Liaison.

b. Office of Inspector General.

c. Staff Offices.

(1) Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

(2) Office of the Chief Information Officer.

(3) Office of the Chief Scientist.

(4) Office of the Chief Techologist.

(5) Office of the Chief Engineer.

(6) Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer.

(7) Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.

(8) Office of Communications.

(9) Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

(10) Office of Education.

(11) Office of the General Counsel.

(12) Office of International and Interagency Relations.

(13) Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

(14) Office of Small Business Programs.

d. Mission Directorates.

(1) Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

(2) Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

(3) Science Mission Directorate.

(4) Space Technology Mission Directorate

e. Mission Support Directorate.

(1) Office of Human Capital Management.

(2) Office of Strategic Infrastructure.

(3) Office of Headquarters Operations.

(4) NASA Shared Services Center.

(5) Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems.

(6) Office of Program and Institutional Integration.

(7) Office of Procurement.

(8) Office of Protective Services.

(9) NASA Management Office.

1.2.1.2 Centers. Primary NASA Field entities, each led by a Center Director. Some Centers have Component Facilities that may be geographically separated from the parent Center. Such Facilities are led by a Manager or Head who reports to the parent Center official.

a. Ames Research Center (ARC).

b. Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC).

c. John H. Glenn Research Center (GRC) at Lewis Field.

d. Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

e. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC).

f. John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

g. Langley Research Center (LaRC).

h. George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).

i. John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC).

1.2.1.3 Component Facilities. NASA Installations, with their Component Facilities annotated, are as follows:

a. Deep Space Network - Goldstone, CA; Canberra, Australia; and Madrid, Spain; (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).

b. Ground Network at KSC (GSFC).

c. Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) (MSFC).

d. NASA Management Office (NMO) (HQ).

e. Plum Brook Station (PBS) (GRC).

f. Space Network (White Sands, NM) (GSFC).

g. Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) (GSFC).

h. White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) (JSC).

1.2.1.4 Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). A Government-Owned Contractor-Operated facility (GOCO) that is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) under the terms of a contract with the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).

1.2.1.5 Technical and Service Support Centers. Technical and Service Support Centers provide specialized technical and administrative expertise and support for the following NASA programs, projects, and operations:

a. NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC).

b. NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC).

c. NASA Safety Center (NSC).

d. Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V).

e. Independent Program Assessment Office (IPAO).

1.2.2 Officials-in-Charge (OIC) of Headquarters Offices. Listed in the order they appear on the OIC distribution list, the OICs are as follows:

a. Administrator.

b. Deputy Administrator.

c. Associate Administrator.

d. Chief of Staff.

e. Associate Deputy Administrator.

f. Associate Deputy Administrator for Policy Integration

g. Assistant Associate Administrator.

h. Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison.

i. Chief Financial Officer.

j. Chief Information Officer.

k. Chief Engineer

l. Chief Health and Medical Officer.

m. Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance.

n. Chief Scientist.

o. Chief Technologist.

p. General Counsel.

q. Inspector General.

r. Associate Administrator for Communications.

s. Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

t. Associate Administrator for Education.

u. Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations.

v. Associate Administrator for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

w. Associate Administrator for Small Business Programs.

x. Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

y. Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

z. Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate.

aa. Associate Administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate.

bb. Associate Administrator for Mission Support Directorate.

1.3 Line of Succession

Change 26, November 2, 2011

In the following order: Deputy Administrator; Associate Administrator; and Chief of Staff. The process for designating an Acting Administrator is set forth at 5 U.S.C. §3345 et. seq.

1.3.1 Under Section 202(b) of the Space Act, the Deputy Administrator shall act for, and exercise the powers of, the Administrator during his or her absence or disability. In the event that the position of the Administrator becomes vacant, the Deputy Administrator shall serve as Acting Administrator immediately and automatically upon occurrence of the vacancy up to the appointment of a new Administrator, Presidential action under the Vacancies Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. §3345, or the expiration of authority under the Vacancies Reform Act. If both the Offices of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator are vacant, or if the Office of the Administrator is vacant and authority for the Deputy Administrator to serve under the Vacancies Reform Act has expired, no individual can serve as the Acting Administrator without Presidential action unless otherwise authorized by law. However, in that event, all authorities of the Administrator that may be legally delegated are delegated to the incumbent official in the following order of precedence: Deputy Administrator; Associate Administrator; Chief of Staff; Center Director for Johnson Space Flight Center; Center Director for Kennedy Space Center; and Center Director for Marshall Space Flight Center. In consultation with the General Counsel, such official exercising authority under this delegation shall also request Presidential action for the appointment of an Acting Administrator.

1.3.2 OICs of Headquarters Offices and Center Directors: Whenever an OIC or Center Director is unable to perform assigned duties, the permanently assigned incumbents of the positions listed in the Line of Succession of each mission statement (Chapters 4 and 5) are authorized to serve, in the order listed, in an acting capacity for the OIC or Center Director and to carry out all functions, powers, and duties of such position, except the duty of the OIC or the Center Director to succeed to any other NASA position, pursuant to laws and emergency authorities.



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Chapter 4: Mission Statements and Organizational Charts for Headquarters Offices

4.1 Office of The Administrator

4.1.1 MISSION. This office provides overall leadership, planning, policy direction, management, and coordination for all NASA activities.

4.1.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES.

4.1.2.1 The Administrator leads the Agency and is accountable to the President for all aspects of the Agency's mission, including establishing and articulating the Agency's vision and strategic priorities and ensuring successful implementation of supporting policies, programs, and performance assessments. The Administrator performs all necessary functions to govern NASA operations and exercises the powers vested in NASA by law.

4.1.2.2 The Deputy Administrator is responsible to the Administrator for providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for the Agency. The Deputy Administrator performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the Administrator, assists the Administrator in making final Agency decisions, and acts for the Administrator in his or her absence by performing all necessary functions to govern NASA operations and exercise the powers vested in the Agency by law.

The Deputy Administrator articulates the Agency's vision and represents NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of Federal and other appropriate Government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities.

4.1.2.3 The Associate Administrator reports to the Deputy Administrator and the Administrator and is responsible for integrating the technical and programmatic elements of the Agency. The Associate Administrator oversees the Agency's programs through the Mission Directorates, Field Centers, and Headquarters technical mission support offices, to include the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and the Office of the Chief Engineer.

The Associate Administrator performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the Administrator and acts for the Administrator in the absence of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.

The Associate Administrator oversees the planning, directing, organization, and control of the day-to-day Agency technical and programmatic operations, including establishing controls over Agency activities, providing a means for evaluating mission accomplishments, and correcting deficiencies. In addition, the Associate Administrator provides institutional management, programmatic oversight, and performance evaluation of the Mission Directorates, Field Centers, and Technical Mission Support Offices.

4.1.2.4 The Chief of Staff is responsible for overseeing the implementation of NASA's mission and functional support programs and for coordinating cross-mission programs and activities to ensure that the strategic goals and objectives established by the Administrator and Deputy Administrator are achieved. The Chief of Staff is responsible for the management of initiatives, programs, and policies in critical areas of concern to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. The Chief of Staff directs the Office of the Administrator.

4.1.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.1.3.1 The Administrator chairs the Strategic Management Council.

4.1.3.2 The Deputy Administrator chairs the Operations Management Council and is the alternate Chair for the Strategic Management Council.

4.1.3.3 The Associate Administrator chairs the Program Management Council.

4.1.3.4 The Chief of Staff is the alternate Chair for the Operations Management Council.

4.1.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION: In the following order: Deputy Administrator; Associate Administrator; Chief of Staff. The process for designating an Acting Administrator is set forth at 5 U.S.C. 3345 et. seq.

4.1.4.1 Under Section 202(b) of the Space Act, the Deputy Administrator shall act for, and exercise the powers of the Administrator during his or her absence or disability. In the event that the Office of the Administrator becomes vacant, the Deputy Administrator shall serve as Acting Administrator immediately and automatically upon occurrence of the vacancy up to the appointment of a new Administrator, Presidential action under the Vacancies Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. 3345, or the expiration of authority under the Vacancies Reform Act. If both the Offices of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator are vacant, or if the Office of the Administrator is vacant and authority for the Deputy Administrator to serve under the Vacancies Reform Act has expired, no individual can serve as the Acting Administrator without Presidential action unless otherwise authorized by law. However, in that event, all authorities of the Administrator that may be legally delegated are delegated to the incumbent official in the following order of precedence: Deputy Administrator; Associate Administrator; Chief of Staff; Center Director for Johnson Space Flight Center; Center Director for Kennedy Space Center; and Center Director for Marshall Space Flight Center. In consultation with the General Counsel, such official exercising authority under this delegation shall also request Presidential action for the appointment of an Acting Administrator.

4.1.5 DELEGATION AND REDELEGATION: Except as may be specified in laws, regulations, or directives, OICs and Center Directors have full authority to carry out the responsibilities of their offices, and they may redelegate this authority as deemed appropriate.

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4.2 .2 Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate

4.2.1 MISSION. The Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) is responsible for NASA space operations in and beyond low-Earth orbit, developing new exploration and transportation systems, and performing scientific research to enable sustained and affordable human exploration. HEO manages Launch Services, and Space Communications and Navigation for the Agency, and works with the Mission Support Directorate (MSD) to develop supporting capabilities to ensure the availability of appropriate Rocket Propulsion Test capabilities that support human and robotic exploration requirements.

4.2.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All NASA Mission Directorate Associate Administrators (AAs) report to the NASA Associate Administrator. Mission Directorate AAs are responsible for managing the directorate's program portfolio and are accountable for mission safety and success for the programs and projects assigned to them. Mission Directorate AAs define, fund, evaluate, and oversee the implementation of NASA programs and projects to ensure their outcomes meet schedule and cost constraints. They establishand maintain the directorate's strategy to meet Agency goals, mission architecture, top-level requirements, schedules, and budgets. Mission Directorate AAs and program and project managers have the ultimate responsibility for mission success in accordance with governing requirements.

4.2.2.1 Specifically, the Associate Administrator for HEOMD:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Provides guidance to the strategic acquisition process and oversees implementation of decisions from that process.

c. Collaborates with other Mission Directorates, the Mission Support Directorate, and Centers to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

d. Oversees the formulation and definition of programmatic requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

e. Manages the development of the HEOMD budget to support programmatic requirements and objectives and allocates resources in support of programs and projects.

f. Conducts regular reviews of program and project performance, evaluating the current and projected status against the established requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

g. Oversees HEOMD reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other external bodies.

h. Coordinates HEOMD's planning, policies, and programs with other NASA Mission Directorates, the Mission Support Directorate, Government agencies, industry, international participants, and academia.

i. Represents NASA and HEOMD in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Communications and the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

j. Coordinates the availability of required institutional capabilities with the Mission Support Directorate.

k. Coordinates all international partnership arrangements with the Office of International and Interagency Relations.

l. Oversees mechanisms to promote innovative modes of participation in HEOMD programs, such as commercial crew and cargo transportation.

m. Oversees the creation of a suite of new capabilities, Space Launch Systems, Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion), and 21st Century Ground Systems, that enable human exploration of asteroids, Mars, and beyond.

n. Oversees the development of technologies targeted for incorporation within the new capabilities that will enable sustained and affordable human and robotic exploration and operations.

o. Supports the development of coordinated HEOMD and Science Mission Directorate (SMD) robotic activity to enrich the body of scientific knowledge and serve as precursor information for future human missions.

p. Oversees the operation of a safe and effective International Space Station (ISS) Program, including operating as a national laboratory and working closely with international partners to define and integrate operational concepts and capabilities, and preparation for future human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.

q. Supports the acquisition, management, and certification of reliable and cost-effective services from existing and emerging private sector and/or Department of Defense suppliers as necessary to ensure access to space for civil missions, including robotic and human space exploration requirements.

r. Manages launch services for the Agency in coordination with other Mission Directorates.

s. Manages integrated Agency space communications and navigation services and requirements as a program, in coordination with other Mission Directorates and the Mission Support Directorate.

t. Oversees the design, development, and demonstration of the commercial spaceflight vehicles, systems, and capabilities consisting of the Commercial Crew Development and the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program.

4.2.2.2 Carries out the responsibilities of 4.2.2.1 with regard to the following:

a. The development, acquisition, and management of reliable and cost-effective communications and navigation services to meet NASA and other Government requirements for human and robotic space exploration programs.

b. The establishment and management of radio telecommunications spectrum utilization in support of all NASA human and robotic space exploration and aeronautics research programs.

c. The conduct of technology and advanced developmental activities in cooperation and coordination with other Mission Directorates and the Mission Support Directorate to enhance operational capabilities and cost effectiveness of the space operations program and to develop a basis for future programs.

d. The management of flight crew health and safety to include: operational research requirements, integration of human systems and environments to include extravehicular and intravehicular activity advanced development, health care delivery and crew protection, and participation of crewmembers in on-orbit research.

e. Coordinates with the Mission Support Directorate to ensure integration and availability of efficient and cost-effective rocket propulsion testing services.

f. The determination of appropriate HEOMD policies, procedures, and relationships to advance the coordination of NASA human space exploration in and beyond low Earth orbit, as well as broad space operations.

4.2.2.3 Functional responsibility for flight planning, which entails addressing user space launch requirements and priorities, ensuring compliance with Agency launch services risk mitigation and vehicle assignment policy, and approving official contractual launch dates.

4.2.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.2.3.1 The Associate Administrator for HEOMD serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Program Management Council, and as an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.2.3.2 The Launch Services Flight Planning Board provides a forum for addressing NASA orbital space launch requirements, issues, and priorities for all NASA missions and NASA-sponsored payloads seeking launch on commercial Expendable Launch Vehicles. The Board is chaired by the Director for Launch Services and is comprised of membership from HEOMD, SMD, the NASA Chief Engineer, the Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance, and the Office of Education.

4.2.3.3 The Rocket Propulsion Test (RPT) Program provides the program management structure necessary for ensuring core capability for rocket propulsion testing and is NASA's authority for rocket propulsion assignments. The program is executed by the program manager with support from Marshall Space Flight Center, Glen Research Center/Plum Brook Station, and Johnson Space Center/White Sands Test Facility. The National Rocket Propulsion Test Alliance, formed by an agreement between NASA and the Department of Defense, works to shape the government's RPT capability to efficiently meet national test needs through intra and interagency cooperation.

4.2.3.4 The Director, Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications reports to the Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations. In addition, the Director will liaise with the NASA Chief Scientist to ensure alignment with Agency science priorities and increase the visibility of the HEO research portfolio at the Agency level.

4.2.3.5 The ISS National Laboratory management organization is authorized in accordance with P.L. 111-267 Sec. 504(c)(2). The scope of work and relationship of the ISS National Laboratory management organization with NASA will be established through a Cooperative Agreement.

4.2.3.6 Serves as the Agency spectrum manager in accordance with NPD 2570.5.

4.2.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Associate Administrator for Human Exploration Operations; Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans; Director, Resource Management Office; Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development; and Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications..

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4.3 Space Technology Mission Directorate

4.3.1 MISSION: The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) rapidly develops, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies through transparent, collaborative partnerships, expanding the boundaries of the aerospace enterprise. This organization employs a merit-based competition model with a portfolio approach spanning a range of discipline areas and technology readiness levels to advance technologies for the benefit of NASA, the aerospace industry, other Government agencies, and to address national needs. Research and technology development takes place within NASA Centers, in academia and industry, and leverages partnerships with other Government agencies and international partners. STMD invests in bold, broadly applicable transformational technologies that have high potential for offsetting mission risk, reducing cost, and advancing existing capabilities, thereby executing more challenging missions and capabilities for NASA and the Nation. STMD engages and inspires thousands of technologist and innovators creating a community of our best and brightest working on the Nation's toughest challenges.

4.3.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBLITIES: All NASA Mission Directorate Associate Administrators (AAs) report to the NASA Associate Administrator. Mission Directorate AAs are responsible for managing the directorate's program portfolio and are accountable for mission safety and success for the programs and projects assigned to them. Mission Directorate AAs define, fund, evaluate, and oversee the implementation of NASA programs and projects to ensure their outcomes meet schedule and cost constraints. They establish and maintain the directorate's strategy to meet Agency goals, mission architecture, top-level requirements, schedules, and budgets. Mission Directorate AAs and program/project managers have ultimate responsibility for mission success in accordance with governing requirements.

4.3.2.1 Specifically, the Associate Administrator for STMD:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan and the Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan.

b. Manages the STMD portfolio at the theme level, setting priorities and strategies for achieving technology, innovation, and infusion objectives.

c. Provides guidance to the strategic acquisition process and oversees implementation of decisions from that process.

d. Collaborates with other Mission Directorates to identify and implement STDM developments that enable future space missions in the other Mission Directorates to fulfill Agency and other national objectives.

e. Coordinates STMD planning, policies, and programs with other NASA Mission Directorates, Government agencies, industry, international participants, and academia.

f. Manages the development of the STMD budget to support programmatic requirements and objectives and allocates resources in support of programs and projects.

g. Oversees the formulation and definition of programmatic requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

h. Sponsors research and technology development by academia, NASA Centers, other Federal research centers, industry, and others selected through open, competitive solicitations.

i. Delegates STMD programs and projects to Centers and Headquarters for management and execution.

j. Conducts regular reviews of program and project performance, evaluating the current and projected status against the established requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

k. Oversees STMD reporting requirements and interactions with Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

l. Represents NASA and STMD in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space technology activities.

m. Conducts STMD educational and public outreach program activities in coordination with the Office of Communications and the Office of Education to communicate the value and relevance of NASA's investments in space technology to the Nation.

n. Assists the Office of the Chief Technologist and other Mission Directorates in the development of the Agency technology portfolio and the development of the Agency space technology investment plan.

o. Coordinates all STMD international partnership arrangements with the Office of International and Interagency Relations.

p. Invests in research for the long term in areas that are appropriate to NASA's unique capabilities and that meet NASA's charter of addressing national needs and benefiting the public good.

4.3.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.3.3.1 The Associate Administrator for STMD serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Program Management Council an extended member or the Mission Support Council, and the NASA Technology Executive Council.

4.3.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: STMD Deputy Associate Administrator for Management; STMD Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs; Director, Strategic Integration and Analysis; Director, Communications and Operations.

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4.4 Science Mission Directorate

4.4.1 MISSION. The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) carries out the scientific exploration of Earth and space to expand the frontiers of Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics. Through a variety of robotic observatory and explorer craft and through sponsored research, the directorate provides virtual human access to the farthest reaches of space and time, as well as practical information about changes on our home planet.

4.4.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All NASA Mission Directorate Associate Administrators (AAs) report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for managing program portfolios at the theme level and setting priorities and strategies for achieving mission-area objectives. As such, they own the budgets, schedules, and top-level requirements for the Agency's programs. Flight programs and projects are selected by Mission Directorate AAs and are delegated to the Centers to execute.

4.4.2.1 Specifically, the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate:

a. Engages the external and internal science community via the National Research Council and science advisory groups to define and prioritize science questions that NASA should pursue in light of the National Space Policy and NASA's mission.

b. Provides scientific results and priorities to enable and help guide the National Space Policy and NASA's mission and exploits such capabilities for discovery where appropriate.

c. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

d. Collaborates with other Mission Directorates and Centers to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

e. Oversees the formulation and definition of programmatic requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

f. Provides overall management of operational missions on a reimbursable basis for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in support of their environmental satellite programs.

g. Sponsors research by academia, NASA Centers, other Federal research centers, industry, and others selected through open, competitive solicitations.

h. Develops and/or leverages advanced technologies to meet science mission requirements and enables new scientific endeavors.

i. Manages the development of the SMD budget to support programmatic requirements and objectives and allocates resources in support of programs and projects.

j. Conducts regular reviews of program and project performance, evaluating the current and projected status against the established requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

k. Oversees SMD reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

l. Coordinates SMD's planning, policies, and programs with other NASA Mission Directorates, Government agencies, industry, international participants, and academia.

m. Coordinates all international partnership arrangements with the Office of International and Interagency Relations.

n. Extends the benefits of NASA science, technology, and information to the Nation through partnerships with other Federal agencies and other organizations relied upon by decision makers and citizens.

o. Represents NASA and SMD in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities.

p. Ensures that data and information from NASA science missions are openly available and accessible in a timely and affordable manner.

q. Conducts educational and public outreach programs to enhance the Nation's return on its investment in NASA, as coordinated with the Office of Communications and the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

r. Provides overall institutional management, policy programmatic oversight, and performance evaluation for the directorate.

4.4.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.4.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

4.4.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Associate Administrator; Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs; and Deputy Associate Administrator for Management.

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4.5 Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

4.5.1 MISSION. The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) conducts high-quality, cutting-edge research that generates innovative concepts, tools, and technologies to enable revolutionary advances in our Nation's future aircraft, as well as in the airspace in which they will fly. ARMD programs will facilitate a safer, more environmentally friendly, and more efficient national air transportation system. In addition, NASA's aeronautics research will continue to play a vital role in supporting NASA's human and robotic space exploration activities.

4.5.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All NASA Mission Directorate Associate Administrators (AAs) report to the NASA Associate Administrator. Mission Directorate AAs are responsible for managing the directorate's program portfolio and are accountable for mission safety and success for the programs and projects assigned to them. Mission Directorate AAs define, fund, evaluate, and oversee the implementation of NASA programs and projects to ensure their outcomes meet schedule and cost constraints. They establish and maintain the directorate's strategy to meet Agency goals, mission architecture, top-level requirements, schedules, and budgets. Mission Directorate AAs and program and project managers have ultimate responsibility for mission success in accordance with governing requirements.

4.5.2.1 Specifically, the Associate Administrator for ARMD:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Provides guidance to the strategic acquisition process and oversees implementation of decisions from that process.

c. Collaborates with other Mission Directorates and Centers to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

d. Coordinates ARMD's planning, policies, and programs with other NASA Mission Directorates, Government agencies, industry, international participants, and academia.

e. Manages the development of the ARMD budget to support programmatic requirements and objectives and allocates resources in support of programs and projects.

f. Oversees the formulation and definition of programmatic requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

g. Conducts regular reviews of program and project performance, evaluating the current and projected status against the established requirements, objectives, and performance goals.

h. Oversees ARMD reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

i. Represents NASA and ARMD in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning Agency activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the Offices of Communications and Education at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

j. Coordinates all international partnership arrangements with the Office of International and Interagency Relations.

k. Invests in research for the long term in areas that are appropriate to NASA's unique capabilities and that meet NASA's charter of addressing national needs and benefiting the public good.

4.5.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.5.3.1 The Associate Administrator for ARMD serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

4.5.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: ARMD Deputy Associate Administrator; Director, Integration and Management Office; Director, Strategy, Architecture and Analysis Office.

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4.6 Mission Support Directorate

4.6.1 MISSION. The Mission Support Directorate (MSD) provides effective and efficient institutional support to enable the Agency to successfully accomplish its missions. It focuses on reducing institutional risk to NASA's current and future missions by improving processes, stimulating efficiency, and providing consistency and uniformity across institutional capabilities and services..

4.6.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Associate Administrator (AA) for MSD reports to the NASA Deputy Administrator.

4.6.2.1 Specifically, the Associate Administrator for MSD:

a. Oversees management of the functional areas of the Offices of Human Capital Management, Strategic Infrastructure, Procurement, Protective Services, Headquarters Operations, and the NASA Shared Services Center.

b. Develops and implements plans that include the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

c. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal mission support official at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal mission support official at each Center, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

d. Ensures integration and alignment of mission support activities in support of Agency strategic needs and interfaces with the NASA Deputy Administrator, the Associate Administrator, and the Chief of Staff to support integration and alignment of these activities.

e. Achieves consistency of approach to improve functional performance across the Agency.

f. Monitors MSD functional programs' performance, as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and processes.

g. Provides an integrated projection of functional activities with associated costs and workload implications across the Agency.

h. Oversees the preparation, presentation, and execution of the mission support budget, which includes all Cross Agency Support (CAS) accounts, including Agency and Center Management and Operations (AMO, CMO), and Construction of Facilities and Environmental Compliance and Restoration (CoF and ECR, or CECR.).

i. Oversees the management of CAS funds at Headquarters and Centers, including establishing consistent practices and reporting across the Agency.

j. Ensures that personnel competencies and facility capabilities required to meet NASA's strategic needs are identified and provided.

k. Ensures that NASA Headquarters is provided the institutional services and products necessary to support effective operations.

l. Ensures that the procurement, security, counter-terrorism/counter-intelligence, internal control and management activities are effectively provided in support of NASA's mission and strategic needs.

m. Manages the Headquarters Corporate Management and Operations budget processes.

n. Provides overall guidance, implementation and integration of NASA's audit liaison program.

o. Establishes and maintains the requirements for documentation and promulgation of internal NASA policies, requirements, and external regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.

p. Ensures statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance.

q. Serves as a liaison to external organizations performing similar functions and to stakeholders who establish Government-wide policies and requirements.

r. Oversees reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

s. Assesses individual mission statements for the Offices listed below that report to MSD:

(1) Office of Human Capital Management

(2) Office of Strategic Infrastructure

(3) Headquarters Operations

(4) NASA Shared Services Center

(5) Office of Procurement

(6) Office of Protective Services

t. The NASA Shared Services Center mission statement is maintained under Chapter 5 (5.12) NASA Shared Services Center because of its role as a Technical Service and Support Center.

4.6.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.6.3.1 The Associate Administrator for MSD serves as a core member of NASA's Mission Support Council and member of the Program Management Council.

4.6.3.2 The Associate Administrator for MSD serves as Chair of the NASA Shared Services Center Board of Directors.

4.6.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Associate Administrator for Mission Support; Executive Director for Headquarters Operations; Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management; Assistant Administrator for Strategic Infrastructure.

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4.7 OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

4.7.1 MISSION. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer, established in accordance with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-576) (CFO Act), provides leadership for the planning, analysis, justification, control, and reporting of all Agency fiscal resources; oversees all financial management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Agency; leads the budgeting and execution phases of the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution process; and monitors and reports the financial execution of the Agency budget.

4.7.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief Financial Officer reports to the NASA Administrator.

4.7.2.1 Specifically, the Chief Financial Officer:

a. Oversees all financial management, budget, strategic planning, and performance activities relating to the programs and operations of the Agency.

b. Develops and implements plans that include the organization's goals, objectives, metrics and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

c. Manages the office functions so as to reduce risk to NASA's mission.

d. Directs, manages, and provides policy guidance and oversight of the Agency's financial management personnel, activities, and operations, including, with the concurrence of Center Directors, approving the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at each Center and assessing their performance. Center Directors shall provide a written evaluation of the principal financial official at their Center, which shall be attached to each individual's annual performance appraisal.

e. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center financial organizations.

f. Provides for the oversight and financial management of Agency resources and activities relating to programs and operations, ensuring strategic alignment with Agency mission and national goals, including all resources aspects of the planning, programming, and budgeting process.

g. Reviews, assesses, and validates Agency resources, requirements, and requests on the basis of strategic alignment, priorities, quality, and performance, including recommendations to the Administrator for fiscal resources approvals and authorizations.

h. Develops, maintains, and provides policy guidance and oversight of the Agency's integrated planning, budgeting, performance reporting, accounting, and financial management system, including financial reporting and financial management internal controls.

i. Monitors the financial execution of the Agency budget in relation to actual expenditures, monitors quality and performance of ongoing financial activities, analyzes ongoing activities to proactively identify potential performance problems, and prepares and submits timely financial and performance reports to the Administrator.

j. Ensures that budget formulation and execution are consistent with the Agency's strategic investment decisions and serve as the authoritative source for Agency programmatic and institutional strategic requirements.

k. Prepares and transmits an annual financial statement, audit report, and budget information to the Administrator, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the congressional committees of jurisdiction, and other authorities who review NASA's financial matters.

l. Works with the Comptroller General and administrative officials to facilitate financial management improvements consistent with the CFO Act, Office of Management and Budget guidance, and other relevant legislation.

m. Leads the Agency's effort in financial reporting under the CFO Act and coordinates on the Annual Performance Plan and Performance Report in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (Public Law 103-62), as amended, and other relevant legislation.

n. Provides direct financial advice and support to Center Directors, Mission Directors, and program managers across all NASA operational units.

o. Provides overall coordination, implementation and integration of NASA's risk-based Internal Control Program. Ensures that internal control policies and procedures are in place; documents and reports on key controls; evaluates the design of internal controls; tests and validates the operating effectiveness of internal controls; supports the correction of internal control deficiencies and recommends revisions to related policies and procedures to improve management performance. Manages and facilitates the preparation of the Administrator's annual Statement of Assurance.

p. Identifies the need for, develops, advocates, and manages, as appropriate, Internal Control Assessments and Quality Assurance Reviews designed to improve Agency management and reduce the risk of internal control deficiencies. Supports and tracks the correction of identified deficiencies through the Senior Assessment Team.

4.7.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.7.3.1 The Chief Financial Officer serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

4.7.3.2 As required by the CFO Act, the Chief Financial Officer is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, and:

a. Makes recommendations to the Administrator on the selection and appointment of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

b. In coordination with the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, serves as interface with the congressional committees, especially appropriations, on issues dealing with budget and financial matters.

c. Serves on the Office of Management and Budget's Chief Financial Officers Council.

d. Serves on the Office of Management and Budget's Performance Improvement Council.

e. Serves as the Agency Chief Acquisition Officer.

4.7.3.3 The Director, Budget Division, within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, serves as the principal administrative official for Agency funds and resources and directs, monitors, and approves the structure of budget formulation and execution, and in coordination with the Director, Financial Management Division, apportionments and allotments.

4.7.3.4 The Director, Quality Assurance Division leads the Agency management assurance relative to the accountability and effectiveness of Federal programs and operations by establishing, assessing, correcting, and reporting on internal control. Makes recommendations to the Agency management to ensure programs operate and resources are used consistent with agency missions, in compliance with laws and regulations, and with minimal potential for waste, fraud, and mismanagement.

4.7.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Agency Budget, Strategy and Performance) and Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance). The process for designating an Acting Chief Financial Officer is set forth at 5 U.S.C. 3345 et. seq.

4.7.4.1 In the event that the Office of the Chief Financial Officer becomes vacant, the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Agency Budget, Strategy and Performance) shall serve as Acting Chief Financial Officer immediately and automatically upon occurrence of the vacancy up to the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer, Presidential action under the Vacancies Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. 3345, or the expiration of authority under the Vacancies Reform Act. If both the Offices of the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Agency Budget, Strategy and Performance) are vacant, the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance) shall serve as Acting Chief Financial Officer immediately and automatically upon occurrence of the vacancies up to the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer, Presidential action under the Vacancies Reform Act, 5 USC 3345, or the expiration of authority under the Vacancies Reform Act. If the Office of the Chief Financial Officer is vacant and authority for both the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Agency Budget, Strategy and Performance) and the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance) to serve under the Vacancies Reform Act has expired, no individual can serve as the Acting Chief Financial Officer without Presidential action unless otherwise authorized by law. However, in that event, all authorities of the Chief Financial Officer that may be legally delegated, are delegated to the incumbent official in the following order of precedence: Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Agency Budget, Strategy and Performance); Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance); and Associate Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance). In consultation with the General Counsel, such official exercising authority under this delegation shall also request Administrator action to request Presidential action for the appointment of an Acting Chief Financial Officer.

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4.8 Office of The Chief Information Officer

4.8.1 MISSION. The Office of the Chief Information Officer provides leadership, planning, policy direction, and oversight for the management of NASA information and all NASA information technology (IT) in accordance with the responsibilities required by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, and the Privacy Act of 1974. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the Administrator and other senior officials on matters pertaining to information technology, the NASA Enterprise Architecture, IT security, records management, and privacy.

4.8.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The CIO reports to the NASA Deputy Administrator.

4.8.2.1 Specifically, the Chief Information Officer:

a. Develops and implements plans that include the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Manages the office functions by reducing institutional risk to missions.

c. Directs, manages, and provides policy guidance and oversight of the Agency's Center Chief Information Officers' (CIOs) activities, and operations, including in concurrence with Center Directors, the approval of the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal CIO at each Center, and assesses their performance. Conducts formal performance planning and appraisal of the principal CIO at each Center in conjunction with the Center Director, who provides a written evaluation that shall be attached to each individual's annual performance appraisal.

d. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center CIO offices.

e. Defines IT program objectives and top-level requirements and monitors program performance, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of IT programs and processes.

f. Develops and implements Agency-wide strategies, policies, programs, and processes for the management of IT investments and services.

g. Provides for effective governance of IT through chartered boards with appropriate stakeholder representation.

h. Ensures statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance in the acquisition and implementation of IT.

i. Develops, maintains, and facilitates the implementation of the NASA Enterprise Architecture (EA), which is the framework for ensuring IT investments enable the mission and are integrated, efficient, and secure.

j. Maximizes the value and assesses and manages the risks of the IT plans and investments for NASA through an IT investment management process that is integrated with Agency processes for making budgetary, financial, and program management decisions for all NASA IT.

k. Manages NASA's IT systems as a joint responsibility with the NASA Centers, Mission Directorates, and all other Headquarters Offices. The Centers, Mission Directorates, and Headquarters Offices have responsibility for the applications, while the CIO has overarching responsibility for ensuring alignment of those applications with the NASA EA and for all aspects of the IT infrastructure in which those applications reside. Manages an application portfolio management program in conjunction with the Centers, Mission Directorates, and Headquarters Offices to ensure a robust, yet efficient, set of applications to enable the NASA mission.

l. Leads and implements NASA's IT Security program, ensuring appropriate confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all NASA's information assets throughout the system lifecycle. The Office of Protective Services is responsible for the security of classified information and technologies (see Section 4.6.2.5.2.3).

m. Ensures that the NASA workforce possesses the requisite knowledge and skills in IT and information resources management.

n. Provides oversight for all Agency E-Government initiatives.

o. Oversees IT-related reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

p. Leads the Integrated Enterprise Management Program, which is responsible for developing, implementing, and operating Agency-wide business systems.

4.8.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.8.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

4.8.3.2 Serves as a member of the Federal CIO Council coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget.

4.8.3.3 Works in cooperation with the Chief Financial Officer, Mission Support Directorate, and Office of Independent Program and Cost Evaluation to develop a full and accurate accounting of IT expenditures, related expenses, and results.

4.8.3.4 Works in conjunction with the Office of Protective Services to provide for the protection of information systems.

4.8.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy CIO; Deputy CIO for Information Technology Security; Associate CIO for Enterprise Service and Integration; Associate CIO for Capital Planning and Governance; and the Chief Technology Officer for IT.

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4.9 OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SCIENTIST

4.9.1 MISSION. The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) advises and advocates for the NASA Administrator on matters concerning Agency-wide science policy and programs. The OCS serves as a primary external interface regarding science issues and results on behalf of the Administrator. The OCS encourages and fosters science integration and cooperation across the Agency and provides oversight to assure that NASA funds only the most exemplary and meritorious science to enable NASA to achieve its mission.

4.9.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief Scientist reports to the NASA Administrator.

4.9.2.1 Specifically, the NASA Chief Scientist:

a. Provides independent assessment and advice to the Administrator on matters related to NASA science.

b. Encourages and fosters science integration and cooperation across the Agency, including the Mission Directorates and the Centers.

c. Leads the development of Agency science strategy and ensures that NASA's overarching Strategic Plan properly incorporates science goals and objectives.

d. Performs scientific, technical, programmatic, and/or policy reviews to assure that NASA science programs are of the highest scientific and technologic merit and integrity.

e. Provides independent portfolio analysis of significant science activities, as appropriate.

f. Promotes, communicates, and advocates for NASA's science portfolio and strategy to the broad external community.

g. Represents NASA in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning science and space activities.

h. Represents the Administrator to the National Advisory Council (NAC) Science Committee, the National Academy of Sciences, and other science advisory bodies.

i. Serves as the Administrator's NASA science representative to the international community, as appropriate.

j. Provides support and guidance to NASA science organizations in their development and implementation of plans to address science policy, goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and objectives in the NASA Strategic Plan.

k. Works with the Center Directors to promote scientific vitality and innovation at the Centers.

l. Directs and oversees a Science Innovation Fund to promote the conduct of highly innovative, exploratory, and high-risk/high return scientific research at NASA Centers in support of the strategic direction of the NASA Centers and the Agency.

m. Directs and oversees the Agency nomination process for Agency-wide external and internal scientific awards.

4.9.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS:

4.9.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Executive Council, Strategic Management Council, Program Management Council, and as an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.9.3.2 Provides support and guidance to the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division in the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate to ensure its alignment with Agency science priorities and to increase the visibility of the HEO research portfolio at the Agency level.

4.9.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Associate Chief Scientist and Associate Chief Scientist.

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4.10 Office of the Chief Technologist

4.10.1 MISSION. The Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) serves as the NASA Administrator's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning Agency-wide technology policy and programs. OCT provides the strategy, leadership, and coordination that guide NASA's technology and associated innovation activities. OCT documents and analyzes NASA's technology investments and tracks their progress, aligning them with NASA's Strategic Plan. OCT leads technology transfer and technology commercialization activities, extending the benefits of NASA's technology investments to have a direct and measurable impact on the way we work and live. The Office employs principles that encourage partnerships, technology use, and commercialization; ensuring NASA technologies energize the commercial space sector, and provide the greatest benefit to the nation.

4.10.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief Technologist reports to the NASA Administrator.

4.10.2.1 Specifically, the Chief Technologist:

a. Serves as the NASA Administrator's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning Agency-wide technology policy and programs.

b. Provides leadership, policy direction, Agency-level strategy and priorities, technology portfolio assessment, and coordination for NASA technology and associated innovation activities.

c. Develops and implements plans that address technology and innovation goals, objectives, technical challenges, and investment.

d. Engages the internal and external technology community including other Government agencies, industry, academia, and advisory groups to identify needs and recommend priorities that NASA should pursue consistent with National Space Policy, NASA's mission, and national needs.

e. Serves as the Administrator's NASA technology representative to the international community, as appropriate.

f. Advocates for NASA research and technology programs through coordination with other Government agencies, academia, and the commercial aerospace industry.

g. Conducts technology assessments and Agency-level technology portfolio analysis.

h. Documents, tracks, and analyzes all technology investments across the Agency, including the mission-focused technology elements made within the Mission Directorates.

i. Ensures that data and information, as appropriate, from NASA's technology programs and projects are openly available and accessible in a timely and affordable manner.

j. Oversees NASA technology-related reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

k. Documents and communicates the benefits of NASA technology investments to the Nation through various mechanisms, including the media, publications, NASA portal, and partnerships with other Federal agencies, associations, industry, and academia.

l. Leads technology transfer and commercialization opportunities and tracks performance across the Agency.

m. Provides leadership, policy direction, and Agency-level strategy for prize competitions and Agency Grand Challenges, piloting new approaches and tracking the success of this paradigm for technology innovation.

n. Works with the Agency Officials-In-Charge of Headquarters Offices and Center Directors to enhance creativity and innovation, particularly in regard to workforce development.

o. Represents NASA in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning technology and associated innovation activities at NASA.

p. Conducts educational and public outreach programs to communicate the Nation's return on its investment with respect to technology and associated innovation activities at NASA.

q. Engages with the emerging space, or NewSpace, community for infusion of technologies into NASA's portfolio and to encourage the growth of a commercial and/or private space-technology enterprise nationwide.

4.10.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS:

4.10.3.1 The Chief Technologist serves as a member of NASA's Executive Council, Strategic Management Council, Program Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.10.3.2 The Chief Technologist chairs the NASA Technology Executive Council and the Center Technology Council.

4.10.3.3 The Chief Technologist serves as the Agency's senior management point of contact for the NASA Advisory Council Technology and Innovation Committee.

4.10.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION: In the following order: Deputy Chief Technologist and Director for Strategic Integration.

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4.11 Office of the Chief Engineer

4.11.1 MISSION. The Office of the Chief Engineer provides policy direction, oversight, and assessment for NASA engineering and program/project management. It serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator and other senior officials on matters pertaining to technical readiness in execution of NASA programs and projects. Also, it is responsible for Agency-level standards and policies as applied to engineering and program management.

4.11.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief Engineer reports to the NASA Administrator.

4.11.2.1 Specifically, the Chief Engineer:

a. Develops and implements plans that include the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Manages the office functions by reducing risk to NASA's mission.

c. Serves as the lead Technical Authority for engineering.

d. Provides leadership, policy direction, functional oversight, assessment, and coordination for two major, closely related areas:

(1) Engineering and related technical disciplines, including systems engineering and technical integration.

(2) Program and project management, including earned value management and program integration.

e. Serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator on matters pertaining to the technical readiness of NASA programs and projects.

f. Assesses the adequacy, quality, and effectiveness of engineering work and program/project management Agency wide and recommends or directs improvements in these areas, where appropriate.

g. Coordinates the application of technical resources to support engineering work, including knowledge services and lessons learned, technical standards, trend evaluation, access to technical information, technical support for specific disciplines and problems, and coordination among engineering work groups.

h. Provides leadership to define the tools, processes, facilities, and engineering resources needed to improve the Agency's technical capabilities.

i. Oversees the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC).

j. Establishes and maintains Agency-wide processes, technical standards, requirements, and policies for the conduct of discipline-area engineering and systems engineering. This shall include evaluating the implementation by the Centers and program/project management.

k. Establishes and maintains the Agency-wide process and requirements for engineering and program/project management. This includes maintenance and update of NPR 7123.1, NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements; NPR 7120.5, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements; and NPR 7120.8, NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements.

l. Provides leadership of and policy for the Agency's engineering and program/project management training conducted through NASA's Academy of Program, Project, and Engineering Leadership.

m. Implements and manages Agency-wide mandatory curriculum for program/project managers. This shall include providing and managing mandatory curriculum at NASA Centers. The Office of the Chief Engineer shall work with the Associate Administrator to ensure proper alignment of curriculum, with needed competencies for the future of NASA.

n. Coordinates with the Office of Human Capital Management to ensure that new hiring policies and core competencies are in line with the future technical and program/project management needs for the Agency.

o. Conducts and integrates periodic and ad hoc programmatic and technical assessments of programs and projects.

p. Ensures statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance.

q. Serves as a liaison to external organizations performing similar functions and stakeholders who establish Government-wide policies and requirements.

4.11.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.11.3.1 The Chief Engineer serves as alternate Chair for NASA's Program Management Council.

4.11.3.2 The Chief Engineer serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.11.3.3 The Chief Engineer leads Engineers, Engineering Directors, and associated engineering organizations within Mission Directorates and Centers and, through them, within programs and projects.

4.11.3.4 The Chief Engineer chairs the Engineering Management Board for engineering infrastructure and practices.

4.11.3.5 The Chief Engineer chairs the Program/Project Management Board for program/project management infrastructure and practices.

4.11.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Chief Engineer; Deputy for Management; and Director, NASA Engineering and Safety Center.

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4.12 Office of The Chief Health and Medical Officer

4.12.1 MISSION. The Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer (OCHMO) serves as the focal point for policy formulation, oversight, coordination, and management of all NASA health and medical matters in all environments, and medical emergency preparedness and contingency operations and response.

4.12.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief Health and Medical Officer (CHMO) reports to the NASA dministrator.

4.12.2.1 Specifically, the Chief Health and Medical Officer:

a. Provides review and oversight of health care delivery, assurance of professional competency, and quality and consistency of health care services Agency wide.

b. Formulates health care and medical policies for, and provides oversight of, activities related to crew health and medical operations for exploration in and beyond low-Earth orbit.

c. Establishes and maintains medical and human health-related standards and appropriate levels of medical care for all NASA activities and develops and implements processes for approving these standards.

d. Serves as the Agency Technical Authority for all health and medical requirements and matters.

e. Works with Mission Directorate Associate Administrators to review all human health-related program plans and requirements for compliance with established medical and health-related standards and practices.

f. Reviews and approves medical requirements and research products as ready for operational implementation through the established Transition to Medical Practice process.

g. Ensures Agency compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the safe and ethical execution of research involving human and animal subjects.

h. Ensures Agency compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the safe and ethical execution of medical practice.

i. Supports the Mission Directorates as appropriate regarding selection of research and development projects relative to research subjects, human health, and medical matters.

j. Supports the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate in all activities pertinent to human space flight mission execution.

k. Manages the office functions by reducing institutional risks to missions.

l. Ensures coordination with the Office of International and Interagency Relations when health and medical and research subject matters have implications for international partners or NASA's international activities.

m. Coordinates NASA health and medical issues, policies, and programs with other NASA organizations, other Government agencies, industry, international participants, and academia.

n. Ensures that all employees are provided healthful workplaces free from exposures to harmful substances or conditions.

o. Serves as the Designated Agency Safety and Health Officer (DASHO) liaison to the Department of Labor.

4.12.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.12.3.1 The CHMO serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council and the Program Management Council and extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.12.3.2 The CHMO is the principal advisor to both the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator on health and medical requirements, matters of astronaut health, research subject protection, and matters to ensure the mental and physical health and well-being of the NASA workforce in all environments.

4.12.3.3 The CHMO serves as the NASA liaison to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with representatives from the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.

4.12.3.4 The OCHMO serves as the primary NASA liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and other Federal departments concerning health and medical matters and research subject protection as appropriate.

4.12.3.5 The OCHMO maintains a standing committee of the Institute of Medicine to advise NASA on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine of Extreme Environments

4.12.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Chief Health and Medical Officer.

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4.13 Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA)

4.13.1 MISSION. The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) provides policy direction, functional oversight, and assessment for all Agency safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality engineering and assurance activities and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Administrator and other senior officials on matters pertaining to safety and mission success.

4.13.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance reports to the Administrator through the Associate Administrator and advises the Administrator on matters related to risk, safety, and mission success.

4.13.2.1 Specifically, the Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance:

a. Develops and implements plans that include the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Manages the sufficiency and effectiveness of the office functions in order to reduce known institutional risk to safe and successful mission accomplishment.

c. Provides to each Center Director a written evaluation of the performance of the principal SMA official which will be attached to each individual's annual performance appraisal.

d. Concurs with the assignment, promotion, performance appraisal, discipline, and relief of the principal SMA official at each Center.

e. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center SMA offices.

f. Develops strategies, policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards for safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality engineering and assurance (hereinafter abbreviated as SMA requirements).

g. Ensures the incorporation and fulfillment of SMA requirements established for NASA programs and institutions through the structured application of SMA technical authority.

h. Verifies the effectiveness of SMA requirements, activities, and processes.

i. Advises NASA leadership on significant SMA issues, including guidance for corrective action.

j. Oversees and assesses the application and technical excellence of SMA tools, knowledge, techniques, and practices (including risk management as applied to safety and mission success) throughout the program/project life cycle.

k. Assures that adequate levels of both programmatic and institutional resources are applied to SMA functions.

l. Oversees the prompt investigation and development of findings and recommendations for NASA mishaps and assures appropriate closure.

m. Oversees the operation of the NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility.

n. Oversees the operation of the NASA Safety Center (NSC).

o. Advocates and represents the NASA SMA programs and community to other U.S. Government organizations, industry, academia, and international participants.

4.13.2.2 The Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance is authorized to suspend any operation or project activity that presents an unacceptable risk to personnel, property, or mission success and provide guidance for corrective action.

4.13.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.13.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

4.13.3.2 The Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance establishes program direction and budget, as well as supervises the performance of the NASA Safety Center.

4.13.3.3 The Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance establishes program and budget direction and supervises the performance of the NASA IV&V Facility and approves work priorities based on a risk-based assessment of the mission and safety critical software in NASA projects and the advice from the IV&V Board of Advisors.

4.13.3.4 The Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance provides safety direction for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, in coordination with the Chief Engineer.

4.13.3.5 The Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance provides policy direction to and oversight of the Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officers, Center Safety and Mission Assurance Directors, and associated SMA organizations within Mission Directorates and, through them, within programs and projects.

4.13.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance; Director, Safety and Assurance Requirements Division; and Director, Mission Support Division.

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4.15 Office of Communications

4.15.1 MISSION. The office provides for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information to news media and the general public concerning the objectives, methods, and results of NASA programs. Promotes effective NASA communications by ensuring synergy and strategic focus, by working collaboratively with the Offices of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Education, and other Agency organizations, as appropriate.

4.15.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Associate Administrator (AA) for Communications reports to the Deputy Administrator.

4.15.2.1 Specifically, the AA for Communications:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Develops a strategic communications approach for guiding the activities of the Office of Communications including:

(1) Designs and implements internal and external communications strategies and tactics that support NASA's mission.

(2) Advises the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Associate Administrator, and Chief of Staff on long-range and day-to-day activities involving Agency policy and communications activities.

(3) Provides Agency wide standards for public outreach activities and products and reviews communications activities and products that the Mission Directorates and Centers propose.

(4) Develops Agency wide internal communications policies and instruments..

(5) Builds and maintains the NASA brand.

(6) Develops, in coordination with the Office of the Administrator, communications for matters of policy, budgets, and missions.

(7) Monitors communications performance and metrics, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of programs and processes.

c. Researches and develops effective, data-driven strategic messages that can be employed Agency wide and targeted to specific audiences (internal and external) to increase public awareness and understanding of NASA and its missions.

d. Ensures the quality of communication activities and achieves consistency of approach, where appropriate, across the Agency through the integration and coordination of strategic communications functions and business processes.

e. Leads an Agency wide program to establish and maintain open and credible communications channels to the NASA Team, the news media, and the general public involving all NASA programs and Centers.

f. Develops and adopts emerging technologies required for the dissemination of information.

g. Drafts speeches, op-eds, and articles for senior NASA officials and provides messaging support to other senior U.S. Government officials communicating about NASA's activities.

h. Identifies and coordinates NASA's participation in events, conferences, and activities, reaching new audiences and educating a broader segment of the American people on NASA and its mission.

i. Identifies and manages, as appropriate, opportunities for strategic partnerships with industry and media aimed at increasing public awareness of NASA's mission, leveraging existing outreach resources to broaden NASA's presence with more diverse audiences, and ensuring efficient and appropriate use of NASA's communications materials.

j. Aligns the Headquarters speaker's bureau and astronaut appearances office to improve support to speakers and the JSC astronaut appearances office. Coordinates public appearances by mid-level NASA officials.

k. Manages the NASA History personnel.

l. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal Communications official at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal Communications official at each Center, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

4.15.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.15.3.1 The Associate Administrator for Communications serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.15.3.2 The Associate Administrator for Communications shall assign Communications Specialists to selected program offices to serve as co-located Communications Officers. These Communications Officers will work with the assigned Associate Administrators and their staffs, providing professional public affairs support.

4.15.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy AA News and Multimedia Division; Deputy AA Public Outreach Division; and Director, News and Multimedia Division or the Director, Public Outreach Division (to be determined by senior management).

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4.16 Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

4.16.1 MISSION. The office is responsible for developing and aligning NASA equal opportunity (EO), civil rights compliance, and diversity strategies, programs, policies, and processes consistent with the Agency's mission, strategic goals, and performance outcomes. The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) establishes Agency-wide policies on diversity and equal opportunity and defines strategies, program objectives, and top-level requirements; ensures statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance with internal and external equal opportunity laws ; provides technical assistance, training, and advocacy to promote an open and inclusive workplace; ensures consistency of approach to improve functional performance across the Agency; and monitors diversity and equal opportunity program performance.

4.16.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Associate Administrator (AA) for Diversity and Equal Opportunity reports to the Administrator on all matters pertaining to diversity, civil rights compliance, and EO requirements under Federal law and NASA rules and policy pursuant to EO laws and regulations (e.g., 29 C.F.R. Sections 1614.102 (b) (4) and (c) (1) and 1614.607).

4.16.2.1 Specifically, the AA for Diversity and Equal Opportunity:

a. Serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator on diversity and equal opportunity for NASA (including civil service and contractor employees).

b. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

c. Manages the office functions in order to reduce institutional risk to missions.

d. Sets the Agency's equal opportunity policy and strategy. Guides the Agency's management strategies, objectives and actions required to develop a diverse workforce to support the missions. Develops the strategy in alignment with, and in support of, the overall Agency mission and United States Space Exploration Policy.

e. Administers effective and efficient Agency-wide EEO complaint and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes.

f. Develops and oversees Agency-wide policies, programs, and processes to achieve consistency of approach to eliminate barriers to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a high-caliber and diverse workforce, particularly in mission-critical occupations and leadership ranks.

g. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal Diversity and Equal Opportunity official at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal Diversity and Equal Opportunity official at each Center, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

h. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center Diversity and Equal Opportunity offices.

i. Defines diversity objectives and top-level requirements. Establishes and manages long-term Agency diversity planning and implementation.

j. Serves as the focal point for the Agency's internal (federally conducted) and external (governing the activities of NASA grantees) civil rights compliance activities, policies, and procedures. Develops policies, procedures, and programs to ensure that NASA's grant recipients provide access to activities in a non-discriminatory manner and administers NASA's civil rights complaint process.

k. Achieves consistency of approach to improve functional performance across the Agency.

l. Provides technical assistance, training, and advocacy to promote an open and inclusive workplace, ensuring fair and equitable decision making in all aspects of workforce activity, voluntary compliance, and effective and open communication.

m. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center Legislative Affairs offices.

n. Provides liaison to external organizations performing similar functions and to stakeholders who establish Government-wide policies and requirements.

o. Oversees reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other external bodies.

4.16.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.16.3.1 The AA for Diversity and Equal Opportunity serves as an extended member of NASA's Mission Support Council.4.13.2.1.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy AA for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs; Deputy AA for Strategy and Plans; and Director, Legislative Liaison Division.

4.16.3.2 The AA for Diversity and Equal Opportunity provides guidance, technical assistance, and evaluation on all matters pertaining to diversity and EO to the NASA Center Diversity and EO Directors.

4.16.3.3 The AA for Diversity and Equal Opportunity maintains special relationships with the Mission Support Directorate (regarding institutional integration of EO and diversity); the Office of Human Capital Management (e.g., recruitment, retention, professional development, succession planning), the Office of General Counsel (EO and civil rights legal requirements and complaint processing), the Office of Education (diversity and EO in NASA-assisted and NASA-conducted educational programs), the Office of Procurement (NASA grants to private sector institutions), the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (Congressional matters pertaining to diversity and EO), the Office of Communications (diversity/EO communications); and the Office of Small Business Programs ("supplier" diversity).

4.16.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Director, Program Planning and Evaluation Division and Director, Complaints Management Division.

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4.17 OFFICE OF EDUCATION

4.17.1 MISSION. The Associate Administrator (AA) for Education provides Agency leadership and programmatic oversight for NASA's external educational programs. The AA for Education has the responsibility to leverage NASA's unique mission content, facilities, and workforce. Education is a cross-cutting process that engages the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery.

4.17.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The AA for Education reports to the Deputy Administrator.

4.17.2.1 Specifically, the AA for Education:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan. Defines program objectives and top-level requirements.

b. Leads the development of an implementation plan (including goals, objectives, and metrics) to guide the conduct of the Agency's external education programs and monitors and reports progress against goals and objectives. Establishes the Agency's Education Annual Performance Goals (APG).

c. Presents, advocates, and leads programs, projects, and activities consistent with the NASA Strategic Plan, policies, and education program priorities directed toward primary and secondary education students and educators; higher education students, faculty, and institutions; and, informal education institutions and organizations. The purpose is to strengthen NASA and the Nation's workforce by inspiring and motivating students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to engage the public in NASA's mission through partnerships and alliances.

d. Ensures statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance. Ensures compliance, in partnership and coordination with the Assistant Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, with all relevant Executive orders such as those specific to the Agency's interaction with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Institutions, and Other Minority Institutions.

e. Chairs the Agency's Education Coordinating Committee to ensure consistency of program formulation, strategy, and implementation across the Agency. Coordinates and integrates NASA's education strategic framework, implementation approach, and policies.

f. Leads the process for development and execution of education budget requirements, including the budget approval process, manages corporate resource implementation, and monitors financial performance.

g. Provides corporate communications and advocacy to education partners and the public and develops national partnership networks and an infrastructure to disseminate NASA education content and activities developed by the Office of Education, Mission Directorates, Centers, and education partners.

h. Provides liaison to external organizations performing similar functions and entities that establish Government-wide policies and requirements.

i. Solicits external advice, and represents the Agency externally, in coordination with the Offices of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and International and Interagency Relations especially in interacting with Congress, the OMB, and other Federal agencies.

j. Provides oversight of education expenditures from all Agency sources to ensure that expenditures investments conform to the Agency's education mission, goals, and priorities and provides recommendations as appropriate to address deficiencies. For instances where Mission Directorate expenditures do not appear to conform to the overall education program objectives, the AA for Education is responsible for final decisions regarding investments, with the consultation of affected Mission Directorate/internal Agency stakeholder. If necessary, disagreement will be brought to the Mission Support Council.

k. Monitors program performance, effectiveness, and efficiency of programs and processes and oversees reporting as required by Congress, OMB, and other external bodies. The AA for Education, in coordination with the Education Coordinating Committee, establishes appropriate systems to track and report Agency-wide expenditures for education activities, thereby allowing the Agency to document educational expenditures and to monitor progress toward the Agency's strategic goals.

l. Manages the office functions by reducing institutional risk to missions.

m. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal Education official at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal Center Education official at each Center, which shall be attached to each individual's annual performance appraisal.

n. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center Education offices.

4.17.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.17.3.1 The AA for Education serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.17.3.2 The AA for Education provides leadership and oversight in developing, implementing, and integrating the education investments across the Agency under a cohesive, unified Education portfolio.

4.17.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning, Policy, and Evaluation; and Deputy Associate Administrator for Integration.

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4.18 Office of The General Counsel

4.18.1 MISSION. The General Counsel establishes Agency-wide legal policy, provides legal advice, assistance, and Agency-wide functional guidance, ensures the appropriateness of all legal actions and activities Agency wide, and provides binding formal legal opinions on Agency matters. With respect to legal matters and issues, the General Counsel further ensures consistency of approach and eliminates duplication of functional support activities through collaboration, centralization, and/or consolidation of functions between and within Headquarters, the Centers, and separate NASA entities.

4.18.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The General Counsel reports to the NASA Administrator.

4.18.2.1. Specifically, the General Counsel:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Manages the office functions by reducing institutional risk to missions.

c. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal legal official at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal legal official at each Center, which shall be attached to each individual's annual performance appraisal.

d. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center Chief Counsel Offices.

e. Provides legal services related to all aspects of NASA activities and rendering final, binding Agency decisions on the legal sufficiency of actions proposed by, arising within, or referred to NASA, including the definitive legal interpretation and consistent application of NASA policies, applicable statutes, regulations, and/or other authorities, while maintaining functional cognizance over all legal services rendered Agency wide.

f. Administers the NASA Intellectual Property Law Program, including retention of the authority to exercise all powers relating to the right of proprietorship or other legal rights.

g. Administers the NASA Commercial Practice Law Program, including the obligation to provide advice and counsel and ensure appropriate coordination of all legal issues relating to enterprises or initiatives of interest to the Agency of a commercial nature (including, but not limited to, partnership activities, such as the Innovative Partnerships Program, as well as commercialization of space exploration and space transportation matters) and continuation of process improvements and dialogue with NASA commercial providers to ensure the most efficient and effective procurement processes are in place and that mutual resolution of organizational conflicts of interest, and other impediments to commercial interaction, are reduced to the maximum extent possible.

h. Administers policy and guidance relating to the use of "other transactions" authority.

i. Administers the NASA Ethics Program, including serving as the Designated Agency Ethics Official, and exercises administrative control over the Agency-wide Ethics Team.

j. Reviews the NASA legislative program and NASA-proposed Executive orders to ensure legal compliance, sufficiency, and policy consistency.

k. Serves as the NASA liaison with the Department of Justice (except contacts premised on the Inspector General Act that fall under the cognizance of the Inspector General and those within the specified purview of NASA's Office of Protective Services).

l. Serves as the NASA liaison with the Executive Office of the President concerning Executive Orders.

m. Provides direct supervisory oversight to the Agency Acquisition Integrity Program, a multidisciplinary group in the Office of the General Counsel, conbining the expertise of the Inspector General, Office of Procurement, and other NASA entities involved with contracts, procurement, and assurance of procurement integrity issues. This program ultimately reports to the Chief Financial Officer (or other designated non-career senior official) as the Agency's Chief Acquisition Officer and Suspension and Debarment Authority and coordinates educational efforts for procurement personnel, Agency actions to identify and coordinate activity involving procurement integrity issues, and ensures appropriate remedies in the interests of the Agency.

n. Assigns legal counsel to represent NASA's interests in all judicial or administrative proceedings.

o. Provides legal representation for NASA in all Agency negotiations, including those involving foreign governmental or nongovernmental participation and formal regulatory processes.

p. Investigates, analyzes, determines, settles, or adjudicates administratively all claims or demands against NASA for personal injury or death and/or damage to or loss of property.

q. Executes appropriate releases from liability for any demands asserted administratively by or against NASA.

r. Accepts service of process of all papers in official legal proceedings served upon NASA and executes Certificates of Full Faith and Credit on behalf of NASA.

s. Reviews and determines the legal sufficiency of all NASA regulations, directives, and internal instructions and policies prior to their enactment or the enactment of any revision.

t. Develops a consistent approach to recruitment, training, and retention of legal professional and support staff to accomplish current and projected future missions. Maintains an Agency training and development planning process designed to foster and mentor candidates for succession to positions of leadership in the legal community, including oversight and administration of NPR 3400.1, Training and Development for the NASA Legal Staff.

u. Ensures the quality and sufficiency of legal advice provided to NASA, Agency wide.

v. Ensures consistency of approach, including appropriate collaboration, centralization, and/or elimination of duplicative functions in order to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of legal services to the Agency.

w. Develops and maintains an effective and efficient system of information sharing to enable Agency-wide access to legal research, opinions, and issue resolutions.

x. Ensures concurrence from the affected Mission Directorates and Headquarters Offices prior to the imposition of any requirements or policy upon the Agency that will have a significant monetary or time impact on the resources of Mission Directorates, Centers, or Headquarters Offices.

y. Oversees reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

4.18.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.18.3.1 The General Counsel serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council and the Program Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.18.3.2 Directorate Lead Counsel. The General Counsel assigns Directorate Lead Counsel (DLC) -- experienced senior attorneys from both NASA Headquarters and participating Center Chief Counsel Offices -- to career development positions as "embedded" assets, for periods of 12-18 months, to Mission Directorates, Headquarters Offices, or other NASA entities by specific agreement between the entity and the General Counsel. DLCs are tasked to provide full-time, on-scene legal support at the Associate Administrator level to ensure legal situational awareness on the part of the Associate Administrator and his or her senior staff and to coordinate matters of importance to the Directorate with both Center Chief Counsel Offices and the Office of the General Counsel.

4.18.3.3 Counsel for NASA Activities Other Than Centers. The General Counsel is responsible for legal support to all non-Center NASA activities Agency wide, including, but not limited to, the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) and NASA Management Offices currently existing or to be developed in the future. The General Counsel will directly assist the directors of such offices and Centers in staffing and will retain cognizance over professional and support staff personnel assignments to these activities.

4.18.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy General Counsel; Associate General Counsel (International Law Practice Group); Associate General Counsel (Contracts and Procurement Law Practice Group); Associate General Counsel (General Law Practice Group); and Associate General Counsel (Intellectual Property and Commercial Law Practice Group).

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4. 19 Office of International and Interagency Relations

4.19.1 MISSION. The Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) provides executive leadership and coordination for all NASA international activities and partnerships and for policy interactions between NASA and other U.S. Executive Branch offices and agencies. OIIR serves as the principal Agency liaison with the National Security Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. OIIR also directs NASA's international relations; negotiates cooperative and reimbursable agreements with foreign space partners; provides management oversight and staff support to NASA's advisory committees, commissions, and panels; and manages the NASA Export Control Program and policy regarding foreign travel by NASA employees.

4.19.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Associate Administrator (AA) for International and Interagency Relations reports to the Deputy Administrator.

4.19.2.1 Specifically, the AA for International and Interagency Relations:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Manages the office functions in order to reduce institutional risk to missions.

c. Directs NASA's international relations through the development, coordination, and implementation of Agency international policies and the development, coordination, and negotiations of NASA international agreements.

d. Serves as the principal advisor to the Office of the Administrator and provides consultation to NASA officials on matters involving international and interagency relations.

e. Disseminates information on foreign aerospace-related developments of programmatic interest to other NASA offices.

f. Serves as the coordinator of Agency-level interaction with U.S. Executive Branch offices and agencies, ensuring that the implementation of Agency programs is consistent with the U.S. Government's domestic and foreign policies, and facilitates NASA participation in selected interagency forums.

g. Serves as the focal point for Agency-wide Export Control Program and J-1 Visitor program and oversees NASA's foreign travel policy.

h. Serves as the Agency focal point for Federal advisory committees and Federal Government-wide commissions and advisory activities, ensuring compliance and managing operations.

i. Ensures statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance.

j. Monitors program performance, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of programs and processes.

k. Provides liaison to external organizations that perform similar functions and establish Government-wide policies and requirements.

l. Oversees reporting as required by Congress, OMB, and other external bodies.

4.19.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.19.3.1 The AA for International and Interagency Relations serves as a member of the Strategic Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.19.3.2 The AA for International and Interagency Relations assigns international program specialists to selected Mission Directorates that are aligned to focus on specific countries. These International Program Specialists work with the assigned Associate Administrators and their staffs, providing international relations support. The International Program Specialists report to the relevant International and Interagency Relations Division Director and have access to the AA and Deputy AA for International and Interagency Relations.

4.19.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Associate Administrator; Director, Export Control and Interagency Liaison Division; Director, Human Exploration and Operations Division; Director, Aeronautics and Cross-Agency Support Division; Director, Science Division; and Director, Advisory Committee Management Division.

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4.20 OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIR

4.20.1 MISSION. The office provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination of all communications and relationships related to legislative issues between NASA and the U.S. Congress, state and local government, and space-related associations and citizen's group.

4.20.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Associate Administrator (AA) for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs reports to the NASA Deputy Administrator.

4.20.2.1 Specifically, the AA for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Serves as the principal advisor to the Office of the Administrator and provides consultation to NASA officials Agency wide concerning all matters involving relations with the U.S. Congress and state and local governments.

c. Defines program objectives and top-level requirements. Develops and oversees Agency-wide policies, strategies, programs, and processes.

d. Establishes and maintains liaison with Members of Congress, their staff, and support organizations; the Executive Office of the President and other departments and agencies; and state and local government offices on legislative matters.

e. Arranges for representation by NASA at Congressional hearings, investigations, and other legislative meetings affecting NASA; briefs officials representing NASA on the legislative aspects of their appearances; and reviews statements and other materials to be presented to ensure that they reflect the Administration's and NASA's management policies and objectives.

f. Assists Members of Congress and their staffs in securing appropriate information or assistance. Receives, acknowledges, and replies to congressional inquiries and requests, coordinating such replies within NASA and with other agencies.

g. Establishes and maintains a legislative reference service to meet the needs of all Agency officials.

h. Ensures compliance by NASA with Congressional reporting requirements and coordinates the clearance of legislative matters proposed outside of NASA with other elements of the Executive Branch.

i. Establishes and maintains liaison with representatives of space-related industry, trade associations, think tanks, and nonprofits/NGOs regarding legislative matters.

j. Monitors program performance, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of programs and processes.

k. Manages the mission support office functions to reduce institutional risk to missions.

l. Directs, manages, and provides policy guidance and oversight of the Agency's legislative affairs personnel, activities, and operations. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal Legislative Affairs official at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal Legislative Affairs official at each Center, which shall be attached to each individual's annual performance appraisal.

m. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center Legislative Affairs offices.

4.20.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.20.3.1 The AA for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council and an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.20.3.2 The AA for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs assigns Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialists to selected Mission Directorate offices. These Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialists work with the assigned Associate Administrators and their staffs, providing professional legislative affairs support. The Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialists report to the relevant Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Division Director who reports to the Deputy AA and AA for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

4.20.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy AA for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs; Director, Legislative Liaison Division; Director, Outreach and Intergovernmental Affairs Division; Principal Legislative Affairs official, Kennedy Space Center; Principal Legislative Affairs official, Johnson Space Center.

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4.21 Office of Small Business Programs

4.21.1 MISSION. The office provides expertise on the utilization of all categories of innovative small business, including minority educational institutions that can deliver technical solutions in support of NASA, and ensures that the Agency is compliant with all Federal laws, regulations, and policies regarding small and disadvantaged business utilization.

4.21.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Associate Administrator (AA) for Small Business Programs reports to the Administrator.

4.21.2.1 Specifically, the AA for Small Business Programs:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Manages the office functions in order to reduce institutional risk to missions.

c. In concurrence with Center Directors, approves the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal Small Business Specialist at each Center and assesses their performance. Provides a written evaluation of the principal Center Small Business Specialist at each Center, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

d. In concurrence with Center Directors, determines the appropriate staffing complement for Center Small Business offices.

e. Serves as the senior NASA advocate responsible for ensuring that the Agency provides the maximum opportunities possible for small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, woman-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and minority serving institutions to participate as prime contractors or as subcontractors under NASA contracts.

f. Defines program objectives and top-level requirements.

g. Develops and advises management on policies and procedures for the Agency wide implementation of applicable laws and regulations pertaining to small and disadvantaged business utilization.

h. Develops and implements Agency-wide policies, strategies, programs, projects, and initiatives that facilitate the participation of all categories of small businesses in NASA contracts and subcontracts.

i. Negotiates the Agency's annual socioeconomic goals with the NASA Centers and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

j. Oversees Agency compliance with Federal laws and regulations, including those requiring specific percentage goals of NASA contract dollars to small and disadvantaged businesses.

k. Appoints, pursuant to Federal law, a technical advisor at each NASA Center to advise SBA Procurement Center Representatives on complex procurements.

l. Conducts nationwide outreach to businesses, both small and large, by hosting and supporting conferences, conducting and overseeing training programs, and giving presentations and speeches to corporate industry groups, other Government agencies, and small business associations.

m. Provides policy guidance to the Agency's small business personnel, activities, and operations. Conducts periodic telecons and meetings to achieve consistency of approach to improve functional performance across the Agency.

4.15.3. SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

n. Serves as a subject-matter expert on all major NASA contracts.

o. Serves on Government-wide boards and task forces that set and revise Federal policy on small and disadvantaged business utilization.

p. Assists small businesses in payment issues with the Agency and, where mandated by law, payment issues with major prime contractors.

q. Acts as first-line mediator in small business/Agency disputes.

r. Monitors program performance, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of programs and processes.

s. Oversees reporting as required by Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other external bodies.

4.21.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. The AA for Small Business Programs serves as an extended member of the Mission Support Council.

4.21.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. An Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Programs will be named by the Deputy Administrator, if and when necessary.

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4.22 Office of the Inspector General

4.22.1 OFFICE MISSION. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent and objective unit created by Public Law 95-452, the Inspector General Act. The OIG conducts independent and objective audits and investigations and other evaluations of Agency programs and operations; promotes economy, effectiveness, and efficiency within the Agency; prevents and detects crimes, fraud, waste, and abuse; reviews and makes recommendations regarding existing and proposed legislation and regulations; and keeps the NASA Administrator and Congress fully and currently informed of problems in Agency programs and operations.

4.22.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Inspector General (IG):

a. Conducts and supervises audits and investigations relating to NASA's programs and operations.

b. Provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed (1) to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of, and (2) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in, NASA's programs and operations.

c. Provides a means for keeping the Administrator and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of NASA's programs and operations and the necessity for and progress of corrective action.

d. Reviews existing and proposed legislation and regulations relating to NASA's programs and operations.

e. Audits, or selects an independent external auditor to audit, the Agency's financial statements in accordance with generally accepted Government auditing standards.

f. Reports expeditiously to the Attorney General whenever the IG has reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of Federal criminal law.

g. Prepares semiannual reports summarizing the activities of the office.

h. Reports immediately to the Administrator whenever the IG becomes aware of particularly serious and flagrant problems, abuses, or deficiencies relating to the administration of NASA's programs and operations.

i. Develops and executes the IG budget and controls and expends funds in a separate appropriation account for the OIG.

j. Issues subpoenas for production of all information and documentary and other evidence necessary.

k. Administers or takes from any person an oath, affirmation, or affidavit, whenever necessary.

l. Directly and promptly accesses the NASA Administrator.

m. Selects, appoints, and employs such officers and employees as may be necessary for carrying out the functions, powers, and duties of the office.

4.22.3. SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

4.22.3.1 The IG is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.

4.22.3.2 The IG reports to and is under the general supervision of the Administrator or, to the extent such authority is delegated, the officer next in rank below the Administrator, but shall not report to, or be subject to supervision by, any other officer of NASA. Neither the Administrator nor the officer next in rank below shall prevent or prohibit the IG from initiating, carrying out, or completing any audit, investigation, or review, or from issuing any subpoena during the course of any audit or investigation.

4.22.3.3 The IG may be removed from office by the President. If the IG is removed from office or is transferred to another position or location within NASA, the President shall communicate in writing the reasons for any such removal or transfer to both Houses of Congress, not later than 30 days before the removal or transfer.

4.22.3.4 The IG serves as a member of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, established under Section 1 of Executive Order 12805, dated May 1, 1992.

4.22.3.5 The IG serves as a member of a Data Integrity Board established to oversee agency matching programs in accordance with the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a.

4.22.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Inspector General; Assistant Inspector General for Investigations; Assistant Inspector General for Auditing; Counsel to the Inspector General; and Assistant Inspector General for Management and Planning. The process for designating an Acting Inspector General is set forth at 5 U.S.C. § 3345 et. seq.

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Chapter 5: Mission Statements and Organizational Charts for Centers, NASA's Federally Funded Research and Development Center, Technical; Service Support Centers

5.1 Ames Research Center

5.1.1 MISSION. Ames Research Center (ARC), located in California's Silicon Valley, enables exploration through selected developments, innovative technologies, and interdisciplinary scientific discovery. ARC provides leadership in Astrobiology; small-satellites; technologies for CEV, CLV, and HLV; the search for habitable planets; supercomputing; intelligent/adaptive systems; advanced thermal protection; and airborne astronomy. ARC develops tools for a safer, more efficient national airspace and unique partnerships benefiting NASA's mission.

5.1.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities as well as Mission Support Authorities and are responsible for assuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and communicating any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.1.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for ARC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and provides safety, reliability, and quality assurance for all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at ARC. This role requires the Center Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at ARC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates ARC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and ARC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts education and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Strategic Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at ARC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at ARC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Contributes individually, and as part of the Center teams, essential technologies, subsystems, and capabilities to Ares and Orion, including thermal protection, launch mission systems, integrated systems health management, and ascent abort/crew escape logic.

k. Provides leadership for NASA's astrobiology science mission to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe.

l. Oversees the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) and its cadre of domestic and international partners; serves as the home base for the NAI administrative offices. Similarly, provides leadership in reinvigorating lunar science in the United States in its role as steward of the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

m. Leads the science of NASA's airborne physical sciences missions, in particular the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Mission.

n. Leads the science and technical management of selected NASA missions (including the development of atmospheric probes) to search for habitable environments, understand the origin and evolution of life, and develop the tools needed for this exploration; develops airborne sensors.

o. Provides innovative solutions to science and exploration problems in the form of small satellites and other craft, e.g., the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing (LCROSS) and Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) missions.

p. Provides leadership for NASA information sciences and technology, particularly research in the critical subdisciplines of automated reasoning for autonomous systems, high-performance computing and networking, and human-centered computing. Performs Earth science investigations, in particular, ecosystems research supported by advanced supercomputing and modeling.

q. Develops new applications to enable and enhance space exploration, in particular, techniques to reduce mass and increase vehicle payload capacity and advanced thermal protection systems for transportation and planetary-entry missions.

r. Serves as a NASA leader in the area of IT security in support of the NASA Chief Information Officer; maintains the agency's IT Security Operations Center.

s. Provides leadership in defining concepts of operation and developing technologies to enable significant increases in the capacity of the Nation's air transportation system.

t. Contributes pathfinding research to provide system-level analysis capability for flight vehicles in all speed regimes.

u. Develops models of human performance and analysis capabilities for human-operated systems that are integral to enhancing the safety of flight vehicles and of the aviation system as a whole.

v. Develops innovative green technologies and practices.

w. Forges innovative partnerships with premiere academic institutions and private-sector organizations to enhance Ames' work in areas such as biotechnology, space and Earth science, robotics, enabling and green technologies, and helps ignite the development of commercial space capabilities, particularly Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS). Achieves this in part through management of the NASA Research Park and the University Affiliated Research Center (with the University of California) and implementation of Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL).

x. Provides research and technical leadership in the study of radiation biomarkers and countermeasures to mitigate effects of space radiation in human space flight.

y. Transfers technology to the public and private sectors and spins external technologies back into NASA programs and projects.

5.1.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.1.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.1.3.2 ARC serves as host to other Federal, military, and civilian organizations, such as the California Air National Guard.

5.1.4. LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Ames Research Center; Deputy Director for Research; Chief Financial Officer; Director of Aeronautics; Director of Safety, Environmental and Mission Assurance; Director of Science; Director of Strategic Business; Chief Counsel; Director of Human Capital; Deputy Associate Director; Director of Exploration Technology; Director of Project Management; Director of Engineering; Chief Information Officer; and Director of Center Operations.

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5.2 Dryden Flight Research Center

5.2.1 MISSION. Advancing technology and science through flight. The Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), located at Edwards Air Force Base, California, performs flight research and technology integration to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology, validates space exploration concepts, conducts airborne remote sensing and science missions, enables airborne astrophysics observation missions to discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the universe, and supports operations of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station for NASA and the Nation. Dryden supports activities in all four of NASA's Mission Directorates.

5.2.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities as well as Mission Support Authorities and are responsible for assuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities and communicating any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.2.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for DFRC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance for all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at DFRC. This role requires the Center Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at DFRC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates DFRC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and DFRC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning Agency activities. Conducts education and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Strategic Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at DFRC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at DFRC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

5.2.2.2 Formulates and conducts piloted and unpiloted flight research and test projects in disciplinary technologies, integrated aerospace systems, and advanced concepts to meet current and future Agency missions in aeronautics, sciences, and space exploration.

5.2.2.3 Develops, manages, and maintains research and science platform aircraft, flight test bed aircraft, and flight facilities to support safe, timely, and cost-effective NASA flight projects and to support industry, university, and other Government agency flight programs.

5.2.2.4 Provides operational and technical support for the conduct of Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions and for the validation of new and experimental space exploration concepts.

5.2.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.2.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.2.3.2 DFRC shares an alliance with the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards AFB to minimize infrastructure duplication and costs and to share technical and programmatic assets as opportunities arise.

5.2.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Dryden Flight Research Center; Associate Director for Operations; Associate Director for Programs; and Associate Director for Management.

Change 28a...November 2, 2011

5.3 Glenn Research Center

5.3.1 MISSION. The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) at Lewis Field develops critical space flight systems and technologies to advance the exploration of our solar system and beyond while maintaining leadership in aeronautics. In partnership with U.S. industries, universities, and other Government institutions, research and development efforts focus on advancements in propulsion, power, communications, nuclear, and human-related aerospace systems.

5.3.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities as well as Mission Support Authorities and are responsible for assuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and to communicate any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.3.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for GRC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include aerospace research and technology development and engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance for Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at GRC. This role requires the Center Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at GRC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates GRC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and GRC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts education and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Strategic Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at GRC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at GRC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Ensures that the workforce embraces and reflects the core values of safety, teamwork, integrity, and mission success as inherent guiding principles in all activities and decision making.

k. Ensures the establishment and maintenance of partnerships with other Government agencies, the private sector, academia, and the community to further the NASA mission.

5.3.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.3.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director; Associate Director; Director of Research and Engineering; Director of Facilities, Test and Manufacturing; Director of Space Flight Systems;; Director of the Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation; Director of Safety and Mission Assurance; Director of Plum Brook Station; and Director of Center Operations.

Change 51...December 6, 2013

5.4 Goddard Space Flight Center

5.4.1 MISSION. The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), located in Greenbelt, Maryland, expands the knowledge of Earth and its environment, the solar system, and the universe through observations from space. The Center also conducts scientific investigations, develops and operates space systems, and advances essential technologies.

5.4.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities as well as Mission Support Authorities and are responsible for assuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and communicating any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.4.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for GSFC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering, project management, and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance for all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at GSFC. This role requires the Center Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at GSFC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates GSFC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and GSFC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts education and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Strategic Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at GSFC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at GSFC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Conducts research to advance scientific knowledge of the origin, evolution, and destiny of the universe, Earth, and planetary environments that support life.

k. Designs, develops, and implements sensors, instruments, and flight missions to study the structure of the universe; its fundamental forces and matter; the processes involved in the birth, life, and death of stars, galaxies, and planets; and the chemical and biological conditions for the evolution and sustenance of life.

l. Studies the sun, the Earth, other planets, and other bodies in the solar system to understand the impact of solar activity on the Earth's climate and human activity and on space and planetary radiation environments encountered in human exploration.

m. Studies the Earth's atmospheric, oceanographic, cryospheric, hydrological, geologic, and biogeochemical cycles to understand the Earth as a system, to apply this understanding of the Earth to the study of the nature and evolution of other planets, and to apply discoveries from this study of other planets to an improved understanding of our own planet.

n. Applies knowledge gained from Earth and planetary studies to search the stars for other planets that have the potential to support life. Performs theoretical research, analysis, modeling, and simulation to develop and test theories and to synthesize data from space missions and ground-based observations to develop an integrated understanding of our planet, our sun, and our universe as a system.

o. Communicates knowledge to the public and to the education community to expand general understanding and to inspire the next generation.

p. Develops advanced technology for future space flight missions, with emphasis on optical communications, advanced science instrumentation, data systems, robotics, and computer science.

q. Develops and procures suborbital launch vehicles and launch services.

r. Hosts assigned programs and projects, including the preliminary and final definition, design, development, integration and test, launch, and operations of flight and unique ground systems for: Earth-orbiting satellites, instruments, long-term flight operations, and projects using NASA Sounding Rockets and Balloons. Manages unique facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute.

s. Manages NASA space flight tracking, data acquisition, communications, and data handling networks and services in support of NASA and other spacecraft. Acquires, operates, and maintains the system as a national asset.

t. Directs mission planning and analysis, space and ground communications networks, spacecraft and payload command and control, flight dynamics, information processing, and flight missions operations and applied research and development of advanced data and telecommunications systems in support of space flight missions.

u. Manages the Wallops Flight Facility rocket range, aircraft flight platforms, and research airport, including related tracking and data acquisition systems for conducting scientific experiments and aeronautical tests. Plans and conducts launches of scientific payloads and aeronautical tests and other research, development, and related activities as requested by elements of NASA, other Government agencies, and the worldwide scientific community.

v. Provides services to NASA Headquarters in a variety of assigned business functions, including HQ accounting, procurement, grants, training and development, logistics, related administrative support, and Agency printing management, forms, reports, and mail management.

w. Supports the Explorations Systems Mission Directorate in the development and operation of robotic missions, communications and navigation architectures, systems and technologies, and other supporting capabilities for the range of exploration systems.

x. Offers software services Agency wide, including independent verification and validation of critical software under development, systems engineering support, and software assurance research in order to provide assurance that mission-critical software will operate dependably and safely.

5.4.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.4.3.1 Serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.4.3.2 Component Facilities are the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), the Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V), the Ground Network at KSC, and the Space Network at White Sands, NM.

5.4.3.3 Manages the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), in affiliation with Columbia University through cooperative agreements, emphasizing a broad study of global climate change; and the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility CSBF) at Palestine, TX for launching and tracking large, unmanned, high-altitude research balloons, and recovering scientific payloads they transport.

5.4.3.4 Provides design, development, testing, launch, and maintenance of a constellation of operational satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. This activity is fully funded by the Department of Commerce.

5.4.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Goddard Space Flight Center; Deputy Director for Science and Technology; and Associate Director.

Change 28b...November 2, 2011

5.5 Jet Propulsion Laboratory

5.5.1 MISSION. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) managed for NASA through a contract with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The FFRDC is a unique non-government entity sponsored and funded by NASA to meet specific long-term technical needs that cannot be met by any other single organization within NASA. As part of this special relationship, it is also required that JPL be operated in the public interest with objectivity and independence, be free from organizational conflicts of interest, and have full disclosure of its affairs to NASA. The contract between NASA and Caltech is the sponsoring document for JPL as an FFRDC. JPL develops and maintains technical and managerial competencies specified in the contract to perform the following current mission in support of NASA's strategic goals:

(1) explore our solar system to fully understand its formation and evolution -- physical, chemical, and biological,

(2) establish continuous permanent robotic presence at Mars to discover its history and habitability -- past, present, or future, and prepare for human exploration,

(3) make critical measurements and models to better understand the global and regional integrated Earth system, including studies of the solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere and ecosystems, and their interactions,

(4) conduct observations to search for neighboring solar systems and Earth-like planets, and help understand formation, evolution and composition of the Universe,

(5) conduct communications and navigation for deep space missions,

(6) provide support, particularly in robotic infrastructures and robotic precursors, that enables human exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, and

(7) under Caltech's initiative, apply our capabilities to collaborate with other Federal and state government agencies and commercial endeavors in areas synergistic with our work performed for NASA.

5.5.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. Consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulation 35.017, JPL, as an FFRDC, may be allowed access to Government and supplier data, including sensitive and proprietary data, and to NASA employees and facilities beyond that which is common to the normal contractual relationship. Notwithstanding the special FFRDC relationship, the JPL Director is a Caltech employee appointed by the Caltech President and is neither a civil servant nor an agent of the Government. The JPL Director is Caltech's authorized representative for day-to-day management of JPL and Contract compliance and is therefore responsible for identifying, allocating, and dispersing resources, including overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing JPL's assigned operations to facilitate program and project execution. The JPL Director, in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements, is responsible for the care of institutional assets assigned to JPL and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. The JPL Director determines how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at JPL, in accordance with Agency priorities, and communicates any issues, on behalf of Caltech, to Mission Directorate AAs and higher in consultation with the NASA Management Office, a NASA Headquarters government organization co-located at JPL.

5.5.2.1 Specifically, the JPL Director:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan. Specific NASA mission activities are assigned to and performed by JPL in accordance with the contract and various discrete task orders administered by the NASA Management Office.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, information technology, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance for all JPL activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at JPL. This role requires the Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at JPL and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews as requested by NASA Headquarters senior management.

g. Coordinates and communicates JPL's program, project, and policy implementation activities with NASA Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis as requested by NASA Headquarters offices.

h. Represents JPL in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts education and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Strategic Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Supports Agency CFO regarding JPL's financial performance.

j. Is responsible for implementing missions contractually assigned to JPL, including achieving mission success and ensuring safety of personnel and NASA mission hardware.

k. Serves as a non-Government special member (non-voting) of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council

5.5.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS ESTABLISHED THROUGH CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENTS.

5.5.3.1 JPL is a lead organization for robotic science missions conducted in space. Maintains vertically-integrated competencies to execute the various programs and projects listed below including: program planning, strategy, and budgeting support; science community interface; concept engineering, trades, and analysis; development of enabling technologies; mission, system, and instrument design, analysis, development, fabrication, assembly, test and operations; industry contracting; and science data analysis.

5.5.3.2 JPL manages several programs for NASA: Mars exploration, search for exoplanets, Deep Space Network, and New Millennium technology. Responsibilities include: strategic planning, analysis, and budgeting; technology development and infusion; and program integration and oversight including inter-project interfaces (e.g., Mars communication network). JPL supports HQ and science community strategic planning in solar system exploration.

5.5.3.3 JPL is the lead organization for assigned and flagship missions in: Mars, solar system, exoplanet discovery/characterization. JPL is the lead organization for enabling technologies and capabilities in interferometric and coronagraphic exoplanet detection and characterization; large, segmented, and adaptive optics; advanced microdevices including focal plane arrays, bolometers, microfluidics; deeps-space communications, mission design, and navigation;

5.5.3.4 JPL is the lead organization for key NASA science domains and the technologies that enable them: solid-Earth geophysics, oceanography, and radar missions.

5.5.3.5 JPL supports Constellation in enabling areas: systems engineering; precision-landing and planet-surface mobility; multi-asset, multi-mission operations; and robotic systems to enhance astronaut sensing, awareness, and operations efficiency.

5.5.3.6 JPL is the lead organization for NASA's program in the Search for Exo-solar planets.

5.5.3.7 JPL manages the operation of the Deep Space Network providing uplink and downlink communication for all of NASA's deep space missions. 5.5.3.8 JPL implements Agency policy and direction regarding investments, facilities, and personnel competencies, coordinating through the appropriate Agency forums. 5.5.3.9 JPL promotes the Agency's strategic goals and, with the common purpose of achieving NASA's Vision for Space Exploration and mission, supports all the Agency's Centers and Mission Directorates. 5.5.3.10 JPL through its connection with Caltech represents a unique educational and research resource for NASA.

5.5.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. JPL is an FFRDC, and the JPL staff members are not government employees. The described JPL organization and line of succession are not part of the NASA institutional process and are shown here for insight into the contractor's operations and for informational purpose only. In the following order: Deputy Director, JPL; Associate Director for Flight Projects and Mission Success; Associate Director for Project Formulation and Strategy; and Associate Director for Business Operations.

5.6 Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

5.6.1 MISSION. The Johnson Space Center (JSC) role in NASA is human space flight. JSC hosts and staffs program and project offices; selects and trains astronauts; manages and conducts projects that build, test, and integrate human-rated systems for transportation, habitation, and working in space; and plans and operates human space flight missions. The work requires a comprehensive understanding of space and planetary environments, as well as research into the effects of those environments on human physiology. It also requires that JSC develop technology to sustain and preserve life; maintain a supply chain to design, manufacture, and test flight products; select, train, and provide medical care to those who fly space missions; and continue to provide administrative mission support services. JSC is currently hosting, staffing, and supporting the International Space Station (ISS) Program, the Orion Program, and the Human Research Program (HRP). JSC also partners with the Kennedy Space Center to staff and support the Commercial Crew Program (CCP). JSC provides and applies the preeminent capabilities to develop, operate, and integrate human exploration missions spanning commercial, academic, international, and US Government partners.

5.6.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities, as well as Mission Support Authorities, and are responsible for ensuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and to communicate any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.6.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for JSC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering, human health and performance and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance in all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at JSC. This role requires the Center Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at JSC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates JSC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and JSC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at JSC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at JSC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. While maintaining the capability, JSC manages and supports space vehicle and space system development programs as follows:

(1) Provides the workforce and associated development, design, crew health and performance support, and sustaining engineering support to the ISS Program, Orion Program, and HRP, as well as the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) and other human exploration efforts.

(2) Manages assigned projects and technologies as well as provides vehicle, system, subsystem, and human system expertise that are critical to both the Agency and JSC for future roles in space utilization and exploration.

(3) Provides independent Technical Authority, Safety and Mission Assurance Authority, and Health and Medical Authority for resident projects.

k. Plans and conducts space flight, crew, and aircraft operations as follows:

(1) Provides operations support environment, command and control facilities, and operations data processing and planning systems.

(2) Conducts flight operations for the ISS Program, Orion Program, CCP, and other human exploration efforts including providing the flight and support environment to satisfy mission objectives, ensure crew health, performance, and mission safety.

(3) Provides Agency-wide project management of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) services to the ISS Program and support for future programs requiring low-g (gravity) or surface EVA capabilities, including all EVA-related research and development activities.

(4) Manages flight crew operations including selection training and medical care.

(5) Conducts aircraft operations in support of astronaut flight readiness training, high-altitude research, low-g flight evaluations, Agency logistics, and administrative functions.

l. Plans and conducts ground-based and flight research programs and operations in the fields of Human Health and Performance and Astromaterials Research and Exploration Sciences (ARES) as follows:

(1) Plans and conducts human health and performance efforts in support of human space exploration including:

(a) Integrating all human system activities in support of human space exploration.

(b) Providing ground-based and flight operations in space medicine; environmental factors; and human factors and habitability.

(c) Leading the Human Research Program in the fields of human adaptation, environmental factors and human factors research, and countermeasure technology development.

d) Developing and integrating scientific, medical, and technological experiments and payloads to be flown on the ISS, and future exploration vehicles.

2) Plans and conducts ARES efforts including lunar and planetary science and astromaterials science and curation; micrometeoroid and orbital debris operations and research; and Earth sciences observations in support of human space flight.

m. Integrates all JSC implementing Center requirements and objectives, including schedules, budgets, and technical requirements (human health and performance standards, habitability, human factors and environmental factors standards, safety and reliability standards) and also ensures that resources infrastructure support are properly applied to programs and projects.

5.6.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.6.3.1 The Center Director serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.6.3.2 JSC promotes the Agency's strategic goals and, with the common purpose of achieving NASA's mission, supports all the Agency's Centers and Mission Directorates.

5.6.3.3 JSC provides the independent technical authority, independent safety and mission assurance, project management, and engineering support for resident programs and projects, while program authority is retained at NASA Headquarters.

5.6.3.4 JSC provides matrixed support to White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), a JSC component facility located in New Mexico. The Manager of the White Sands Test Facility serves as the senior JSC official interfacing with local and state governments and other groups on subjects relating to NASA and the WSTF.

5.6.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Center Director, Johnson Space Center; Associate Center Director, Johnson Space Center; Director, Flight Operations; and Director, Engineering.

Change 65...October 2, 2014

5.7 Kennedy Space Center

5.7.1 MISSION. The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is responsible for the preflight processing, launch, landing, and recovery of the Agency's human-rated spacecraft and launch vehicles; the assembly, integration, and processing of International Space Station (ISS) elements and flight experiments; the acquisition and management of Launch Services for Agency spacecraft; and leading the development of a commercial crew transportation system for access to and from Low Earth Orbit and the ISS. KSC leads the development of ground systems supporting human-rated spacecraft and launch vehicle and lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization hardware elements. KSC hosts the manufacturing of the Orionspacecraft. KSC executes research and technology projects and establishes partnerships with commercial and other Governmental entities to optimize the use of KSC capabilities and facilities in order to establish a multiuser spaceport and support Agency exploration initiatives.

5.7.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities as well as Mission Support Authorities and are responsible for assuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and to communicate any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.7.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for KSC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance for all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at KSC. This role requires the Center Director to:

1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at KSC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates KSC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and KSC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the appropriate offices at NASA Headquarters Office of Education, office of legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Office of Communications prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at KSC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at KSC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Provides space systems processes, testing, and launch and recovery techniques and applies new technologies to support extended human exploration of space.

k. Designs, constructs, operates, maintains, and disposes of KSC ground facilities, ground support equipment, and other systems to meet NASA and customer launch site needs to support launch and recovery activities conducted at KSC, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Initiatives can include partnering with Commercial and other governmental entities to outgrant underutilized facilities that are no longer needed by NASA programs.

l. Collaborates with space flight vehicle designers at other NASA Centers and with industry to ensure lessons learned from processing of launch vehicles are incorporated into future designs to improve safety, maintainability, supportability, reliability, and operability in an effort to reduce the life-cycle cost of operating a human space flight system. KSC uses innovative and integrated science and engineering techniques that enable safer, lower-cost access to space and extended human exploration.

m. Conducts the final preparation and integrated checkout of launch vehicles, spacecraft, payloads, launch facilities, ground-support equipment, and launch and recovery systems operations at all launch sites referenced in paragraph 5.7.2.1.k.

n. Provides the launch-site support, ground processing, and integration of ISS elements, logistics, and research experiments.

o. Develops, tests, and deploys technologies to support NASA programs and provides test beds, laboratories, tools, and expertise in the related areas.

p. Provides concurrence to the Agency Chief Information Officer (OCIO) regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the CIO at KSC. Also, provides the Agency CIO with a written evaluation of the CIO at KSC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

5.7.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.7.3.1 The Center Director serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Extended Mission Support Council, and Agency Program Management Council, Partnership Council, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate program Management Council, and the Space Technology Mission Directorate Program Management Council and as a participant in the Strategy Implementation Planning and Baseline Performance Review.

5.7.3.2 KSC implements Agency policy and direction regarding investments, facilities, and personnel competencies, especially in the context of resolving disputes, coordinating through the appropriate Agency forums.

5.7.3.3 KSC supports the Launch Services Program, which provides acquisition and technical management of commercially available launch services for the Agency, with engineering, safety and mission assurance, payload processing, and institutional and business resources, capabilities, and expertise.

5.7.3.4 KSC supports the Commercial Crew Program, which provides facilitates the development of a United States commercial crew space transportation capability, providing acquisition support and engineering and safety and mission assurance resources, as well as institutional and business resources and capabilities.

5.7.3.5 KSC is a supporting Center for the ISS program in the areas of processing and integration of ISS flight hardware spares, launch site logistics support, and Station utilization. This includes the integration, testing, and processing for research experiments and other payloads for the ISS.

5.7.3.6 KSC is a supporting Center for the Space Life and Physical Sciences Program (SLPS), which utilized the ISS as a test bed to perform space biology and physical sciences research. KSC provides project management, research and development, science, testing, and integration for SLPS projects to enable NASA mission success.

5.7.3.7 KSC is a supporting Center for the Exploration Systems Development Division of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. KSC provides management of the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, providing leadership in the design, development, activation, and operation of facility and ground systems to process, integrate, test, launch, and recover the hardware for the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System, and other users. Ground processing operations expertise is provided for the design and development of spacecraft and launch systems.

5.7.3.8 KSC implements Center activities assigned by the Agency, including NASA's Contracting Intern Program, Recycling and Affirmative Procurement, NASA Acquisition Pollution Prevention, Specifications Kept Intact, Security/Law Enforcement Standards and Training, Fire Protection Program, Metrology and Calibration, Range Safety, Expendable Launch Vechicle Payload Safety, NASA-wide Aerospace Fluids Acquisition and Management, NASA Special Assigned Aircraft Mission and Opportune transportation, and NASA Emergency Preparedness Program.

5.7.3.9 KSC maintains productive partnerships with the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Air Force (45th and 30th Space Wings), U.S. Navy, National Reconnaissance Office, U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

5.7.3.10 KSC oversees the KSC Exchange Council (the Exchange), which serves as a nonappropriated fund instrumentality of the U.S. Government, operating for the benefit of KSC civil servants, contractors, and tenants. The Exchange administers and manages operations and activities that create revenue to contribute to the efficiency, welfare, and morale of KSC personnel. The Exchange operations and services include, but are not limited to, the Child Development Center; Kennedy Athletic, Recreation, and Social Parks I and II; five retail stores; the Employee Services office; food services; KSC Service Station; KSC Federal Credit union; two barbershops; and a massage therapy program.

5.7.3.11 KSC partners with Space Florida, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Florida Department of Transportation, and other Federal, state, and local governments to explore new business and leverage resources to achieve the Agency's strategic goals.

5.7.3.12 KSC provides strategic leadership and management integration to develop and execute commercial agreements in support of a multiuser spaceport..

5.7.3.13 KSC conducts research and technology development to enhance capabilities to explore and enhance surface and launch systems for any destination.

5.7.3.14 KSC partners with the KSC Visitor Complex, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, The Astronaut Memorial Foundation, film and documentary industry, members from various media forms, academia, and professional societies to promote and maintain good public and community relations and provide for the widest practical and appropriate access to KSC for dissemination of information and awareness concerning space activities.

5.7.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center; Associate Director, Kennedy Space Center; Director, Spaceport Integration and Services; and Director, Engineering.

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5.8 Langley Research Center

5.8.1 MISSION. The Langley Research Center (LaRC) is a research, science, technology, and development Center that provides game-changing innovations to enable NASA to make significant contributions to the nation. We are leaders in systems innovation for expanding air mobility, exploring space and definitively characterizing the Earth's changing climate. Our work spans fundamental research to mission development and operations with an eye toward the next generation of cutting-edge ideas that provide new capabilities or significantly improve performance of cost.

5.8.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities, as well as Mission Support Authorities, and are responsible for ensuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and to communicate any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.8.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for LaRC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metric, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in NASA's Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance in all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at LaRC. This role requires the Center Director to:

(1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

(2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

(3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

(4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at the LaRC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with the Agency's program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency's Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates LaRC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and LaRC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at LaRC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at LaRC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Provides and manages an institutional base for long-term stewardship of a national capability in support of NASA, other Federal and state agencies, and components of U.S. industry engaged in advanced research and technology in aeronautics and space. Additionally, extends these technologies to non-aerospace applications which enhance the U.S. economic posture.

k. Delivers research and development solutions across exploration and space operations, science, and aeronautics related to lunar development and planetary exploration, aeronautics for space access, flight through all planetary atmospheres, civil and military aviation, measuring and understanding the Earth's changing atmosphere, and characterizing other planetary atmospheres. Provides an integration of analysis, computation, experimental testing, and facilities, combined with scientific expertise to solve challenging technical problems by applying core competencies in aerosciences, structural and material concepts, systems analysis, and atmospheric characterization.

5.8.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. The Center Director serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.8.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Langley Research Center; Associate Director, Langley Research Center; and Director for Research, Langley Research Center.

Change 36...June 7, 2012

5.9 George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

5.9.1 MISSION. The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) performs engineering design, development, integration and operations of systems required for space exploration, operations, and scientific research. This includes management and systems engineering and integration for both human and robotic missions. These functions are implemented through core product lines of Space Transportation, Propulsion Systems, Space Systems, and Scientific Research. The Center also manages the Michoud Assembly Facility, which supports the unique manufacturing and assembly needs of current and future NASA programs.

5.9.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center activities to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities, as well as Mission Support Authorities, and are responsible for ensuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and to communicate any issues to Mission Directorate Associate Administrators and higher.

5.9.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for MSFC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in NASA's Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance in all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA programs or projects hosted at MSFC. This role requires the Center Director to:

(1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

(2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

(3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical Authority.

(4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at MSFC and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork and integrity.

f. Is responsible for overseeing the execution of program and project plans through regular performance reviews and reporting in accordance with the Agency's program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency's Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates MFSC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and MSFC in promoting and maintaining public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the Offices of Communications and Education at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications are addressed.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at MSFC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at MSFC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Ensures alignment of MSFC implementing plans with the Agency's strategic direction by sustaining the institutional capability to analyze, plan, evaluate, and communicate performance.

5.9.2.2 The institutional capabilities of MSFC deliver the following solutions:

a. Space Transportation Systems MSFC provides leadership for the development of Agency space transportation systems. The Center manages the Space Launch System (SLS) Program, and oversees the design, development, manufacturing, and delivery of the launch vehicle and related systems and infrastructure of the SLS. MSFC also implements advanced materials and manufacturing techniques to space transportation elements, and participates in technology development activities and partnerships related to future space transportation projects.

b. Propulsion Systems MSFC provides Agency expertise for propulsion systems research and development. The Center manages key propulsion hardware and technologies that leads the design, development, and delivery of new/follow-on engines and related systems in support of the SLS Program. MSFC further provides solid rocket booster engineering and expertise to the launch abort system of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

c. Space Systems MSFC develops and manages space systems that enable humans in space as well as systems for robotic exploration. The Center developed and sustains key elements of the life support system, research laboratories and nodes, and payload systems for the International Space Station (ISS). The Center also leads the integration and operations of U.S. and international payload systems and research activities on the ISS through the Payload Operations Integration Center. MSFC also manages and provides engineering design and development support to many Agency unmanned missions (Chandra X-ray Observatory, Discovery/New Frontiers Program, Lunar Quest Program, Technology Development Missions program, etc.,).

d. Scientific Research The Center's expertise in space and Earth sciences enable programs such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, and Hinode solar research satellite, as well as multi-agency and multi-country partnerships for Earth observations, such as SERVIR, short-term weather prediction research (SPoRT), and lightning and hurricane research (HIRAD).

5.9.2.3 The Center provides the capabilities to support the following resident programs, projects and activities:

a. Space Launch System Program Office, including full responsibility for developing and producing a new heavy-lift launch vehicle and related systems.

b. Operation of the Payload Operation Integration Center for management of utilization activities onboard the ISS, and development and sustainment of payload systems and the environment control and life support system.

c. Program Offices and related science and engineering development activities, including Discovery and New Frontiers Program, Lunar Quest Program, Technology Demonstration Missions Program, and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

d. Project Offices and related science and engineering development activities, such as SERVIR, Hinode, Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, and Hurricane Imaging Radiometer projects.

e. Implementation of the Centennial Challenges Program to drive progress and advancements in aerospace technologies of value to Agency missions.

f. Management of the Michoud Assembly Facility, which supports unique manufacturing and assembly needs to current and future NASA programs.

5.9.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.9.3.1 The Center Director serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.9.3.2 MSFC provides program and project management, systems, and engineering expertise to other NASA Centers.

5.9.3.3 MSFC provides scientific and technical research knowledge to Agency Mission Directorates and other NASA Centers.

5.9.3.4 MSFC provides Agency management and support in technical areas such as network communications, the NASA Data Center, the Integrated Enterprise Management Program, and Agency enterprise applications, including the personnel and logistics for the NASA Operational Environment Team.

5.9.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Marshall Space Flight Center; Associate Director, Marshall Space Flight Center; Associate Director Technical, Marshall Space Flight Center

Change 49....June 11, 2013

5.10 John C. Stennis Space Center

5.10.1 MISSION. The Stennis Space Center (SSC) implements NASA's mission in areas assigned by two Agency Mission Directorates. The Center manages and operates Rocket Propulsion Test facilities and support infrastructure for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Serves as the Systems Engineering Center and manages assigned Applied Sciences program activities for the Science Mission Directorate. SSC serves as Federal manager and host Agency of a major Government multi-agency Center.

5.10.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. All Center Directors report to the NASA Associate Administrator and are responsible for providing resources, overseeing the assignment of workforce and facilities, and managing Center operations to facilitate program and project execution while ensuring that the statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary compliance requirements for the Center are met. Center Directors also serve as an important link in the Technical Authority line. By means of the Institutional (Technical and Mission Support) Authority vested in them, Center Directors facilitate the activities of the Technical Authorities, as well as Mission Support Authorities, and are responsible for ensuring that activities at their Centers are implemented in accordance with accepted standards of professional practice and applicable NASA requirements. Center Directors are responsible for the care of institutional assets and for establishing and maintaining the staff and their competency and the facilities required by current and future programs and projects. A key institutional role of Center Directors is that of service across Mission Directorate needs, determining how best to support the various programs and projects hosted at a given Center, in accordance with Agency priorities, and to communicate any issues to Mission Directorate AAs and higher.

5.10.2.1 Specifically, the Center Director for SSC:

a. Develops and implements plans that address the organization's goals, objectives, metrics, and actions needed to execute the strategic goals and outcomes in the NASA Strategic Plan.

b. Collaborates with other Centers and with the Mission Directorates to accomplish the Agency's objectives.

c. Provides technical and institutional resources to satisfy program requirements and schedules to include engineering and safety and mission assurance; ensures that human, financial, physical, and other supporting resources are properly applied to programs.

d. Maintains a safe and healthy, environmentally friendly work environment for the workforce and ensures safety, reliability, and quality assurance in all Center activities.

e. Is the Technical Authority for all NASA projects or subprojects hosted at SSC. This role requires the Center Director to:

(1) Exercise Technical Authority through appropriate delegation.

(2) Convene an independent review at major milestones to ascertain technical readiness.

(3) Approve the flight readiness of projects for which he/she is the Technical AuthorITY.

(4) Provide for organizational and financial independence of the Technical Authorities at the Stennis Space Center and implement the Dissenting Opinion Process as required in NPD 1000.0 - NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook, and described further in NPR 7120.5. Ensure alignment with the Agency's shared core values of safety, excellence, teamwork and integrity.

f. Provides regular review and reporting of program and project performance in accordance with Agency program and project policies. Provides input for the Agency Program Management Council reviews.

g. Coordinates and communicates SSC's program, project, and policy implementation activities with other Centers and Headquarters on a regular basis.

h. Represents NASA and SSC in promoting and maintaining good public and community relations and providing for the widest practical and appropriate dissemination of information concerning space activities. Conducts educational and public outreach as coordinated with the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters prior to the award of a contract or the expenditure of funds to ensure Agency-wide priorities and consistent communications.

i. Provides concurrence to the Agency CFO regarding the assignment, promotion, discipline, and relief of the principal financial official at SSC. Also, provides the Agency CFO with a written evaluation of the principal financial official at SSC, which shall be attached to that individual's annual performance appraisal.

j. Manages, operates, develops, and maintains NASA Rocket Propulsion Test capabilities and associated processes and procedures.

k. Provides test operations services to NASA, the Department of Defense, commercial, and other customers for the development of propulsion systems, engines, subsystems, and components.

l. Accomplishes technical management and oversight of engine development testing or flight certification testing of current and future engine hardware and testing for technology validation of new propulsion systems.

m. Manages NASA's effort to extend the benefits of science, technology, and information investments by applying a systems engineering approach to advance Federal partners' decision-support tools that serve the Nation.

n. Manages SSC as an integrated multiagency base of operations for the programmatic benefit of NASA and other Federal, state, and commercial entities.

o. Develops and executes an implementation plan that delineates a structure and process which demonstrates organizational independence of technical/engineering authority from program/project management.

5.10.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

5.10.3.1 The Center Director serves as a member of NASA's Strategic Management Council, Mission Support Council, and Program Management Council.

5.10.3.2 SSC provides support to the program management responsibility of managing the Agency's rocket propulsion test assets. Provides support to the Rocket Propulsion Test Management Board (RPTMB) Level II and establishes and manages Level III responsibilities.

5.10.3.3 SSC provides program management responsibility for applying a systems engineering approach to benchmark the benefits of assimilating research results into decision-support tools in areas of national priority.

5.10.3.4 SSC provides support to other Centers in their lead program roles.

5.10.3.5 SSC promotes the Agency's strategic goals and, with the common purpose of achieving NASA's vision and mission, supports the Agency's Centers and Mission Directorates.

5.10.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Deputy Director, Stennis Space Center; Associate Director, Stennis Space Center; Director, Engineering and Test Directorate; and Director, Center Operations Directorate.

Change 61...September 9, 2014

5.11 NASA Engineering and Safety Center

5.11.1 MISSION. The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), located at the Langley Research Center, serves as a major Agency-wide technical resource focused on engineering excellence supporting the safety and success of NASA missions. The NESC provides independent engineering and technical expertise to evaluate technical problems and supplement Center-based engineering and safety activities for NASA programs. The NESC shall perform independent engineering assessments, analysis, and testing to ensure technical adequacy and, thus, the safety of NASA activities. In relation to the Center's mission, the term "safety" encompasses those aspects of NASA system designs and operations that are important to mission success and that relate to potential risks to the public, to NASA, and to contractor flight and ground personnel. The term "engineering" signifies any of the professional technical design, manufacturing, and operational disciplines, including systems engineering and the various assurance engineering disciplines. The NESC serves the engineering, safety and mission assurance, and program/project communities as a value-added, independent resource.

5.11.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The NESC Director reports to the NASA Chief Engineer and performs the following activities:

5.11.2.1 Resolves high-risk technical issues by performing independent, in-depth technical assessments, testing, and analyses for NASA programs, projects, engineering and technical organizations, and Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) organizations.

5.11.2.2 Proactively identifies potential technical issues by maintaining technical insight to major programs and performs independent data mining and trend analysis activities within single NASA programs and across multiple NASA programs.

5.11.2.3 Provides Agency-level stewardship for critical engineering disciplines and performs discipline-enhancing activities through the NASA Technical Fellows Program.

5.11.2.4 Transfers knowledge and lessons learned through various technical reports, communications, and the NESC Academy.

5.11.2.5 Provides independent systems engineering and analysis.

5.11.2.6 Leads and supports selected mishap investigations, as requested by the NASA Safety Center (NSC) and other organizations.

5.11.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. The core NESC organization is comprised of senior engineering experts from across the Agency, whose capabilities are complemented through partnerships with additional experts within NASA, other government organizations, national laboratories, universities, and industry. NASA Centers provide technical personnel, resources, and facilities to support the NESC mission. The NESC partners with the NASA Safety Center (NSC) in conduct of selected technical assessments, mishap investigations, and other activities. The NSC provides SMA discipline expertise for NESC-led teams. The NESC provides engineering discipline expertise for NSC-led teams, as requested.

5.11.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. Deputy Director, NASA Engineering and Safety Center; and Deputy Director for Safety, NASA Engineering and Safety Center.

5.12 NASA Shared Services Center

5.12.1 MISSION. The NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), located at Stennis Space Center, serves as a major Agency-wide service resource that provides timely, accurate, high-quality, cost-effective, and customer-focused services for NASA. The NSSC serves the information technology (IT), financial management, procurement, and human resources communities as a value added, independent resource. Increased operational efficiency and improved overall customer service are achieved through consolidated business and technical services. By achieving synergy within and across functions, the NSSC will reduce resource requirements for institutional support areas and position NASA for further business process improvements and innovations.

5.12.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The NSSC Executive Director reports directly to the Associate Administrator for Mission Support Directorate.

5.12.2.1 Specifically, the Executive Director for the NSSC:

a. Provides timely, accurate, high-quality, cost-effective, and customer-focused support for selected NASA businesses and technical services.

b. Provides a variety of transactional, administrative, and technical activities in lines of business to include: Financial Management, Human Resources, Procurement, Enterprise IT, and Agency Business Support.

c. Provides management of resources responsible for the budget formulation, execution, and accounting operations of the NASA Working Capital Fund in Support of NSSC operations and Agency programs.

d. Provides effective and consistent services for all employees and vendors by standardizing business processes and integrating systems and technology.

e. Implements an organization that employs shared services leading practices in management and process development.

f.Promotes the Agency's strategic goals with the common purpose of achieving NASA's vision and mission by providing support Agency wide.

5.12.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. The NSSC Executive Director:

a. Shares an infrastructure alliance with the Stennis Space Center.

b. Works in cooperation with the following officials to provide services at the NSSC:

(1) Chief Financial Officer to provide management of financial management services.

(2) Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management to provide management of human resources services.

(3) Chief Information Officer to provide enterprise IT services and management of the NSSC IT environment.

(4) Assistant Administrator for Procurement to provide management of procurement services.

5.12.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. In the following order: Director, Service Delivery Directorate, NSSC; and Director, Support Operations Directorate, NSSC.

Change 64, September 30, 2014

5.13 NASA Safety Center

5.13.1 MISSION. The NASA Safety Center (NSC), a tenant organization located near and administratively supported by the Glenn Research Center, serves as an Agency-wide resource for strengthening Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) capabilities and enabling more uniform and effective SMA support for the safe and successful execution of all NASA programs. The NSC promotes technical excellence through a balanced program for leadership development, education, training, communication, and information management in the SMA disciplines. The term "SMA" refers to the disciplines that include safety, reliability, maintainability, quality engineering, and quality assurance.

5.13.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Director, NSC reports to the Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance and manages the NSC in the following activities:

5.13.2.1 Enhances knowledge and capabilities within the SMA community by developing a technical excellence program that fosters education, training, and leadership development within SMA and other engineering disciplines.

5.13.2.2 Provides SMA technical support to Agency managers while embracing the concept that SMA encompasses important engineering and operations disciplines that enable and enhance the effective execution of all NASA programs from concept through retirement or mission completion.

5.13.2.3 Manages the audit, review, and assessment process for evaluating and assuring conformance with Agency SMA requirements.

5.13.2.4 Facilitates the mishap investigation process and supports mishap investigation boards. Performs in-depth analysis, risk assessment, quality assurance, and trending of NASA's mishaps and provides timely and relevant information to the NASA community to ensure understanding and prevent recurrence as part of NASA's mishap prevention efforts. Manages mishap data and provides a centralized mishap information collection system for the Agency.

5.13.2.5 Captures and disseminates information of importance and usefulness to the SMA community. Maintains a repository and serves as a clearing house for essential data and information collected from the SMA community.

5.13.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. NASA Centers provide technical personnel, resources, and facilities to support the NSC mission.

5.13.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. Deputy Director, NASA Safety Center; Director, Technical Excellence, NASA Safety Center; and Director, Audits and Assessments, NASA Safety Center.

5.14 NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program

5.14.1 MISSION. The NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program provides assurance to its stakeholders and customers that NASA's mission-critical software will operate dependably and safely. The NASA IV&V Program performs leading-edge research that improves IV&V and software assurance methods, practices, and tools. The NASA IV&V Program participates in the vitality of the community, as well as engages the public in the experience and benefits of exploration and discovery.

5.14.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The Director of the NASA IV&V Program reports to the Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters and manages the following technical activities:

5.14.2.1 Applies software engineering best practices to provide the Agency with an independent assessment of the software correctness and quality on safety and mission-critical software.

5.14.2.2 Provides the early detection and identification of risk elements on safety critical and mission-critical software throughout the System Development Life Cycle.

5.14.2.3 Improves safety, reliability, and quality of NASA projects' and missions' software through effective application of systems and software IV&V methods, practices, and techniques.

5.14.2.4 Provides observations and assessment results to support key decision points and major milestone reviews to the Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance and to NASA project/programs receiving IV&V services.

5.14.2.5 Manages and provides software assurance and software engineering services to the Agency in support of the other Office of Safety and Mission Assurance organizations and provides expert review and input on Agency software related standards, documentation, and processes.

5.14.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, provides administrative and facility support in such areas as human capital management, contract management, and facility management, including security and training.

5.14.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. Deputy Director, NASA IV&V Program; and Associate Director, NASA IV&V Program.

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5.15 NASA INDEPENDENT PROGRAM ASSESSMENT OFFICE

5.15.1 MISSION. The NASA Independent Program Assessment Office (IPAO), located at the Langley Research Center, provides an Agency-level function that conducts independent reviews of programs and select projects during their life cycle. The IPAO provides independent assessments that support approval decisions by Agency leadership at key decision points (KDPs) to ensure mission success. Life cycle reviews (LCRs) are an important part of NASA's checks-and-balances system, which provides the Agency with a valuable periodic, nonadvocate assessment of the readiness of programs and projects to proceed through key milestones in the development life cycle. NASA accords special importance to maintaining the integrity of its independent review process.

5.15.1.1 The IPAO is responsible to ensure the objectivity, quality, integrity, and consistency of each IPAO-led independent review. The IPAO in concert with the Convening Authority, is responsible for assembling independent expert bodies (Standing Review Boards (SRBs) that report to Center, Mission Directorate and Agency level Program Management Councils (PMCs)), to provide unbiased and comprehensive assessments of the technical, schedule, cost, and risk posture of proposed and ongoing programs/projects.

5.15.2 OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES. The NASA IPAO Director reports to the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation and performs the following activities:

5.15.2.1 Enables the conduct of multi-disciplinary assessments at designated decision milestones to evaluate program and project objectives, cost, schedule, and risk management in compliance with NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 1000.5, Policy for NASA Acquisition, NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 7150.5, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements, NPR 7150.8, NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements and NPR 7153.1, NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements.

5.15.2.2 Provides programmatic assessments of programs' and projects' cost, schedule and risk management as a member of SRBs.

5.15.2.3 Facilitates the reporting of independent review results to all involved parties.

5.15.2.4 Advances the Agency's programmatic (cost and schedule) analysis and estimating capabilities in coordination with the Cost Analysis Division, Independent Program and Cost Evaluation Office.

5.15.2.5 Continuously improves the Agency's independent program/project review processes through consultation with stakeholders and other review organizations.

5.15.2.6 Maintains the Agency SRB Handbook, providing guidelines and procedures for the conduct of independent reviews.

5.15.2.7 Provides an Executive Secretary to the Agency Program Management Council (APMC), who is responsible for the APMC and ensures the LCR assessments for all programs and Category 1 projects are briefed to the APMC for authorization to proceed to the next phase of the program/project life-cycle.

5.15.3 SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS. The IPAO is comprised of engineers and programmatic analysts from across the Agency. They are responsible for:

a. Enabling the convening authorities to establish independent, technical expert boards to review programs and select projects at key milestones and to define the scope of the reviews.

b. Facilitating the SRB assessment to include performing the cost and schedule analyses in support of the SRBs.

c. Communicating and documenting the results of the reviews to the Convening Authorities, Mission Directorates, Centers, and Program and project managers.

5.15.3.1 The IPAO partners with the Centers, Mission Directorates, and program/projects in conducting LCRs. The SRB assessment provides a credible basis for decisions by the Agency leadership for approval of a program/project, at the KDP, to the next life cycle phase.

5.15.3.2 In addition to the permanent staff, the IPAO draws high performing individuals from across the Agency on rotational (2-5 years) and detail assignments (2 years) as review managers. Those on rotational assignments are afforded the opportunity to apply for positions at any Center or Headquarters during the latter part of their rotation.

5.15.4 LINE OF SUCCESSION. Deputy Director, NASA IPAO.

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Chapter 6: Charters for NASA Councils, Committees, Boards, and Panels

6.1 NASA Charters

6.1.1 Charters establish councils, committees, boards, and panels mandated by regulation, statute, the NASA Administrator, or Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices. To the extent that a group is established by law, directive, or other authority, the charter cites specific authority. Council, committee, board, and panel chairs shall ensure meeting preparation, efficiency, and follow up on actions. Members are expected to attend and participate in scheduled meetings.

6.1.2 The charters for NASA's three governing councils will be the only charters maintained in this directive. All other Agency-level advisory charters required by regulation, statute, program control, or directed by the Administrator will be housed in the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) library.

6.1.3 A list of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Committees will be maintained in this directive and the charters for these committees will be maintained by the NASA Advisory Committee Management Officer, Office of External Relations.

6.2 Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Committees

In 1972, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App., as amended) was enacted by Congress. FACA sets strict Government-wide requirements for the establishment, operation, oversight, and termination of any group established by the Government for the purpose of providing advice to the Government and which includes any non-Government employees in its membership.

NASA currently has four Federal advisory committees. The charters for NASA's advisory committees are maintained and renewed in accordance with the procedures stipulated in FACA and in 41 CFR, Parts 101-6 and 102-3, the Federal Advisory Committee Management Final Rule.

FACA requires an Advisory Committee Management Officer (ACMO) at each agency to provide management oversight of its respective advisory committees, ensure agency compliance with FACA provisions, and administer the chartering process. Government-wide oversight of FACA committees is provided by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Unless the renewal of a committee charter is justified under the FACA, the charter automatically expires after a two-year period (or as otherwise provided by law).

NASA's own policies and procedures for its Federal advisory committees are documented in NPD 1150.11, Federal Advisory Committee Act Committees, with the Office of External Relations serving as the responsible office. The four NASA-chartered Federal Advisory Committees are shown below, along with their GSA advisory committee numbers:

Committee GSA No. Responsible Office
Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) 136 Office of External Relations
NASA Advisory Council (NAC) 1071 Office of External Relations
International Space Station Advisory Committee 27808 Office of External Relations
National Space-Based Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board 29124 Office of External Relations

Agency FACA compliance, management oversight, and committee staff support are the responsibility of the Advisory Committee Management Division, Office of External Relations, NASA Headquarters.

6.3 Strategic Management Council

6.3.1 PURPOSE.

The Strategic Management Council (SMC) serves as the Agency's senior decision-making body for strategic direction and planning. The SMC determines NASA strategic direction and assesses Agency progress toward achieving NASA's Vision.

6.3.2 APPLICABILITY/SCOPE.

6.3.2.1 This charter applies to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities.

6.3.2.2 The scope of the SMC encompasses all activities conducted by NASA. Governance by the council shall be used only in cases where decisions require high degrees of integration, visibility, and approval.

6.3.3 AUTHORITY.

42 U.S.C. 2473(c) (1), Section 203(c) (1) of The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended.

6.3.4 FUNCTIONS.

6.3.4.1 Specific SMC activities include:

a. Setting NASA strategic direction, goals, architecture, and policies.

b. Providing guidance for the formulation of the NASA Strategic Plan.

c. Establishing the highest level metrics against which to measure Agency performance.

d. Establishing mission and budget priorities.

e. Approving Agency-level program requirements for all NASA programs.

f. Approving major new initiatives.

g. Serving as the senior leadership forum for making decisions on all strategic Agency-level issues.

6.3.4.2 The NASA Administrator serves as the chair and holds the ultimate decision-making authority for the SMC. The Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) provides functional support for the SMC and facilitates the assessment, analysis, and preparation for decision making of all matters considered by the SMC.

6.3.5 MEMBERSHIP.

6.3.5.1 The membership of the SMC shall include the following positions:

a. Administrator (chair).

b. Deputy Administrator (alternate chair).

c. Associate Administrator.

d. Chief of Staff.

e. Associate Deputy Administrator.

f. Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance.

g. Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation.

h. Chief Engineer.

i. Associate Administrators, Mission Directorates.

j. Center Directors.

k. Chief Financial Officer.

l. Chief Information Officer.

m. General Counsel.

n. Chief, Health and Medical Officer.

o. Assistant Administrator for External Relations.

6.3.5.2 The Administrator may appoint special members to the SMC.

6.3.5.3 The Associate Administrator for PA&E, subject to the approval of the Administrator, appoints an Executive Secretary to facilitate the activities of the SMC, coordinate meeting agendas, distribute minutes, and ensures that information required for SMC deliberations is distributed to the members on a timely basis.

6.3.6 MEETINGS.

The SMC meets once each month for regular sessions and as necessary for emergent, time-critical matters.

6.3.7 DURATION.

The SMC will remain in existence indefinitely.

6.3.8 RECORDS.

The Executive Secretary is responsible for the maintenance of all records associated with the SMC, including this charter.

6.4 Operations Management Council

6.4.1 PURPOSE.

The Operations Management Council (OMC) serves as NASA's senior decision-making body for institutional plans and implementation strategies. The council determines and assesses mission support requirements to enable the successful accomplishment of the Agency's Mission.

6.4.2 APPLICABILITY/SCOPE.

6.4.2.1 This charter applies to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities.

6.4.2.2 The scope of the OMC encompasses all mission support activities conducted by NASA, including, but not limited to, human capital, infrastructure, financial, information services, acquisition, institutional safety, security, strategic communications, health and medical, and the development and management of all required business systems, processes, and tools. Governance by the council shall be used only in cases where decisions require a high degree of integration, visibility, and approval.

6.4.3 AUTHORITY.

42 U.S.C. 2473(c) (1), Section 203(c) (1) of The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended.

6.4.4 FUNCTIONS.

6.4.4.1 Specific OMC activities include:

a. Setting mission support goals and objectives.

b. Serving as the senior leadership forum for making decisions on institutional issues.

c. Approving major new mission support initiatives, plans, and requirements.

d. Providing leadership, guidance, and approval of mission support plans.

e. Overseeing and approving institutional risk plans and mitigation strategies.

f. Establishing institutional metrics to measure performance against mission support objectives.

g. Reviewing progress on institutional initiatives, plans, and programs.

h. Establishing institutional priorities and approving guidance for the formulation of corporate and institutional budgets.

i. Overseeing Agency internal control, identifying deficiencies, reviewing corrective action plans, and evaluating progress against the plans.

j. Providing prior review and concurrence on selected institutional issues with strategic implications before going forward to the Strategic Management Council to be briefed or for approval.

k. Identifying and reviewing the status of Agency material weaknesses.

6.4.4.2 The NASA Deputy Administrator serves as the chair and holds the ultimate decision-making authority for the council. The Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) provides functional support to the council and facilitates the assessment, analysis, and preparation for decision making of all matters considered by the council.

6.4.5 MEMBERSHIP.

6.4.5.1 The membership of the OMC shall include the following positions:

a. Deputy Administrator (chair).

b. Chief of Staff (alternate chair).

c. Associate Administrator.

d. Associate Deputy Administrator.

e. Assistant Associate Administrator.

f. Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance.

g. Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation.

h. Chief Engineer.

i. Associate Administrators, Mission Directorates.

j. Center Directors.

k. Chief Financial Officer.

l. Chief Information Officer.

m. General Counsel.

n. Chief Health and Medical Officer.

o. Associate Administrator for Institutions and Management.

p. Chief of Strategic Communications.

q. Assistant Administrator for Infrastructure and Administration.

r. Executive Director for NASA Shared Services Center.

6.4.5.1.1 Adjunct members, who attend meetings based on their need to participate in the discussion of a specific agenda item, include the following positions:

a. Executive Officer to the Deputy Administrator.

b. Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Administrator.

c. Comptroller.

d. Director, Program and Institutional Integration.

e. Director, Innovative Partnerships Program.

f. Director, PA&E Strategic Investment Division.

g. Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management.

h. Assistant Administrator for Procurement.

i. Assistant Administrator for External Relations.

j. Assistant Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

k. Executive Director, Headquarters Operations.

l. Assistant Administrator for Office of Security and Program Protection

6.4.5.2 The Administrator may appoint special members to the council.

6.4.5.3 The Associate Administrator for PA&E, subject to the approval of the Deputy Administrator, appoints an Executive Secretary to facilitate the activities of the council, coordinate meeting agendas, distribute minutes and ensure that information required for council deliberations is distributed to the members on a timely basis.

6.4.6 MEETINGS.

The council meets as needed (typically once each month).

6.4.7 DURATION.

The council will remain in existence indefinitely.

6.4.8 RECORDS.

The Executive Secretary is responsible for the maintenance of all records associated with the council, including this charter.

6.5 Program Management Council

6.5.1 PURPOSE.

The Program Management Council (PMC) serves as the Agency's senior decision-making body to baseline and assess program/project performance and ensure successful achievement of NASA strategic goals.

6.5.2 APPLICABILITY/SCOPE.

6.5.2.1 This charter applies to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities.

6.5.2.2 The scope of the PMC encompasses all programmatic activities and program-related institutional issues conducted by NASA. Governance by the PMC shall be used only in cases where decisions require high degrees of integration, visibility, and approval.

6.5.3 AUTHORITY.

42 U.S.C. 2473(c) (1), Section 203(c) (1) of The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended.

6.5.4 FUNCTIONS.

6.5.4.1 Specific PMC activities include:

a. Ensuring that NASA is meeting the commitments specified in the relevant management documents for program/project performance and mission assurance.

b. Ensuring implementation and compliance with NASA program and project management processes and requirements.

c. Approving programs/projects entry into subsequent life-cycle phases.

d. Reviewing programs routinely, including institutional ability to support program/project commitments.

e. Approving Program Commitment Agreements.

f. Reviewing special and out-of-cycle assessments.

g. Approving the Mission Directorate strategic portfolio and its associated risk.

6.5.4.2 The Associate Administrator serves as the chair and holds the ultimate decision-making authority for the PMC. Program Analysis and Evaluation provides functional support for the PMC and facilitates the assessment, analysis, and preparation for decision making of all matters considered by the PMC.

6.5.5 MEMBERSHIP.

6.5.5.1 The membership of the PMC shall include the following positions:

a. Associate Administrator (chair).

b. Chief Engineer (alternate chair).

c. Deputy Administrator.

d. Chief of Staff

e. Associate Deputy Administrator.

f. Assistant Associate Administrator.

g. Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance.

h. Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation.

i. Director, Program and Institutional Integration.

j. Associate Administrators, Mission Directorates.

k. Center Directors.

l. Chief Financial Officer.

m. Chief Information Officer.

n. General Counsel.

o. Chief Health and Medical Officer.

p. Associate Administrator for Institutions and Management.

6.5.5.1.1 Other Invited Attendees:

a. Administrator.

b. Assistant Administrator for Infrastructure and Administration.

c. Assistant Administrator for Procurement.

d. Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management.

e. Comptroller.

f. Director, PA&E Strategic Investment Division.

g. Director, PA&E Independent Program Assessment Division.

h. Chief, Strategic Communications.

6.4.5.2 The Associate Administrator may appoint special members to the PMC.

6.5.5.3 The Associate Administrator for PA&E, subject to the approval of the Associate Administrator, appoints an Executive Secretary to facilitate the activities of the PMC, coordinate meeting agendas, distribute minutes, and ensure that information required for Council deliberations is distributed to the members on a timely basis.

6.5.6 MEETINGS.

The PMC meets once each month for regular sessions and as necessary for emergent, time-critical matters.

6.5.7 DURATION.

The PMC will remain in existence indefinitely.

6.5.8 RECORDS.

The Executive Secretary is responsible for the maintenance of all records associated with the PMC, including this charter.


Chapter 7: The Organizational Change Process

7.1 Changes to Mission Statements and Organizational Charts

Within the Mission Support Directorate, the Office of Human Capital Management is responsible for the administration of the NASA organizational change process.

7.1.1 Mission statements and organizational charts will be revised to reflect either of the following:

a. Revision in the responsibilities of a Headquarters office or a Center.

b. Establishment of or changes to existing internal or external relationships with organizations, especially those organizations that rely on NASA for service or support to accomplish their programs.

7.1.2 Approval Levels Required For Changes To Mission Statements And Organizational Structures

7.1.2.1 The Deputy Administrator approves changes to mission statements and organizational charts for the Office of the Administrator, the Office of the Inspector General, the Mission Support Directorate, and all Headquarters offices not listed in section 7.1.2.2 below.

7.1.2.2 The Associate Administrator will approve changes to mission statements and organizational charts for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, the Office of the Chief Engineer, the Office of the Chief Technologist, the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Mission Directorates, and the Centers.

7.1.2.3 Changes to mission statements and organizational charts for Technical and Service Support Centers will be approved by the Deputy Administrator or the Associate Administrator depending on the Center's reporting structure.

7.1.2.4 The Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices (OIC) and Center Directors will approve their mission statements and organizational structures below the level shown on the organization charts identified in Chapters 4 and 5. The corresponding organizational charts will be maintained by the OIC or Center Director.

7.1.3 Documentation Needed For Headquarters Organizational Changes

a. A memorandum from the proposing official to the respective approval authority as identified in 7.1.2, through the Executive Director, Headquarters Operations describing the rationale for the changes being submitted. When the proposed changes may affect bargaining-unit employees, appropriate union notification will also be described in the memorandum.

b. A current on-board position analysis and a proposed position plan based on the approved total office ceiling which reflects the number of positions by supervisor, scientist and engineer, professional and administrative, and clerical and support categories, as well as the total number of SES positions. The plan should also reflect an analysis of any proposed staffing or SES increases or decreases. This analysis will also address the effect of the proposed changes on tracked metrics such as the supervisor/employee ratio.

c. A new or revised mission statement, including a narrative about the organization's mission, responsibilities, any special relationships, and line of succession. When changes to the mission statement also change the organizational structure (to include office name changes), an updated organizational chart will be submitted. If organizational changes do not affect the mission statement, a revised organization chart is all that needs to be submitted.

7.1.4 Coordination Process for Headquarters Offices.

a. The Office of Headquarters Operations will review the proposed package for organizational structure and content. Upon concurrence, the package will be forwarded to the Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM) for processing.

b. OHCM will review the submittal, prepare the revised/redlined mission statement, prepare current and proposed organizational charts, attach a routing slip, and forward a copy to the Associate Administrator and the Associate Deputy Administrator for prereview or concurrence.

c. During the pre-review, the package can either be approved or it can be sent back to OHCM for further coordination.

d. If approved, see g. below.

e. If returned for further coordination, OHCM will prepare an action document summary and submit the package concurrently to the following offices for review/concurrence:

(1) Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems.

(2) Office of Human Capital Management.

(3) Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

(4) Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

(5) Office of the General Counsel.

(6) Office of the Inspector General.

(7) Other Headquarters offices impacted by the proposed change.

f. Each reviewing official will concur or provide reasons for opposing the action. Nonconcurrences and comments will be referred to the submitting office for resolution. Remaining conflicts will be resolved by the approving authority.

g. Upon completion of the final approval/signature, changes will be incorporated into the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS). Agency Directives Managers will receive e-mail notification of all changes.

7.1.5 Documentation Needed for Center Organizational Changes.

a. Prior to submitting any packages to Headquarters, the Centers shall work with their respective Human Resources Office to ensure the proposed reorganization conforms to standard human resources policy.

b. A memorandum from the Center Director to the Associate Administrator, through the AA for Human Capital Management, describing the rationale for the changes being submitted.

c. A new or revised mission statement which includes a narrative about the Centers mission, responsibilities, any special relationships, and line of succession. When changes to the mission statement also change the organizational structure (to include office name changes) an updated organizational chart will be submitted. If organizational changes do not affect the mission statement, a revised organizational chart is all that needs to be submitted.

7.1.6 Coordination Process for Centers.+

a. The Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM) will review the submittal, prepare the revised/redlined mission statement, prepare current and proposed organizational charts, attach a routing slip, and forward a copy to the Associate Administrator and the Associate Deputy Administrator for pre-review or concurrence.

b. During the pre-review, the package can either be approved or it can be sent back to OHCM for further coordination.

c. If approved, see g. below.

d. If returned for further coordination, OHCM will prepare an action document summary and submit the package concurrently to the following offices for review/concurrence:

(1) Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems.

(2) Office of Human Capital Management.

(3) Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

(4) Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

(5) Office of the General Counsel.

(6) Office of the Inspector General.

(7) Other Headquarters offices impacted by the proposed change.

e. Each reviewing official will concur or provide reasons for opposing the action. Nonconcurrences will be referred to the submitting office for resolution. Remaining conflicts will be resolved by the approving authority.

f. Upon completion of the final approval/signature, changes will be incorporated into the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS). Agency Directives Managers will receive e-mail notification of all changes.

7.1.7 Action to Expedite Processing.

During the planning stage of any organizational change, originators are encouraged to discuss the proposed changes with all stakeholders prior to submission into the formal approval process. Early coordination will enable these offices and the originators to identify and resolve any issues, eliminating potential delays in the formal approval process.

7.1.8 Announcements and Other Post-Approval Actions.

Special care should be taken to avoid premature release of information prior to final approval. The organization undergoing change is responsible for preparing announcements and other post-approval actions. At Headquarters, this action will be cleared with the Executive Director, Headquarters Operations. Public statements and press releases on changes to NASA organizations will be issued by the Office of Communications, NASA Headquarters, after appropriate coordination with external entities.

7.2 NASA Charters

7.2.1 Approval Level for Charters.

The Administrator, Council Chair, or designee will approve the establishment or revision of Agency governing charters maintained in Chapter 6.

7.2.2 Communications Process for Establishing/Revising Charters.

The appropriate staff in the Office of the Administrator is responsible to prepare revisions for any of the governance charters and coordinate with OHCM to ensure Chapter 6 is updated appropriately.



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