Effective Date: May 21, 2012
Expiration Date: May 21, 2027
|Updated to comply with NPR 1400.1, requirements and to make edits to correct applicability statements and Applicable Documents and Forms.|
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a. This directive is applicable to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers.
b. In this directive, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term "shall." The terms: "may" or "can" denote discretionary privilege or permission, "should" denotes a good practice and is recommended, but not required, "will" denotes expected outcome, and "are/is" denotes descriptive material.
c. In this directive, all document citations are assumed to be the latest
version unless otherwise noted.
The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, 51 U.S.C. § 20113.
a. Acceptance of Travel and Related Expenses from Non- Federal Sources, 31 U.S.C. §1353.
b. Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 CFR pt. 2635.
c. Release of Information to News and Information Media, 14 CFR pt. 1213.
a. The Associate Administrator for STEM Engagement and the Associate Administrator for Communications have joint oversight for and shall collaborate on the implementation of this policy directive.
(1) The Associate Administrator for STEM Engagement will ensure that employee participation in STEM Engagement activities support NASA's strategic goals for STEM Engagement.
(2) The Associate Administrator for Communications will ensure that employee participation communications activities support NASA's strategic goals for communications.
b. The Associate Administrator for STEM Engagement and the Associate Administrator for Communications or their designee(s) will collaborate with the Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Chief Human Capital Officer to ensure employee participation in STEM Engagement and communications activities supports NASA's strategic goals for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA).
c. The Office of the General Counsel is available to counsel participants who have legal questions regarding their participation in these activities, that may include, but are not limited to conflict of interest laws, ethics regulations, or Hatch Act restrictions.
d. Officials-In-Charge (OICs), or designees, may:
(1) Authorize a reasonable amount of official duty time for employees to participate in optional mission-related STEM engagement and communications activities.
Note: Civil service time charges for employee participation in STEM engagement and communications activities can be assigned to the labor charge code the employee uses normally. However, Centers' local procedures apply.
(2) Assign employees to participate in STEM engagement and communications activities that are appropriately related to their official duties.
e. OICs, or designees, will:
(1) Encourage and support employee participation in mission-related STEM engagement and communications activities.
(2) Ensure that employees participating in STEM engagement and communications activities comply with the provisions of this NPD.
(3) Jointly with the employee, ensure that employee participation in STEM engagement and communications activities does not interfere with employees' primary job duties by discussing potential conflicts with the employee beforehand. Approval of employee participation denotes understanding/acceptance of potential conflicts identified by the employee (if any).
f. All employees are encouraged to participate in optional mission- related STEM engagement and communications activities, based on an employee's interest in such activities in accordance with this NPD. Employees shall:
(1) Obtain advance supervisory approval to participate in STEM engagement and communications activities; this includes identifying and notifying the supervisor of all potential conflicts created by participation.
(2) Conduct themselves in a manner that represents NASA favorably.
(3) Not engage in partisan political activities while participating in NASA STEM engagement and communications activities or violate conflict of interest laws and ethics regulations.
(4) Interact with the media in accordance with Release of Information to News and Information Media, 14 CFR pt. 1213.
(5) Not share non-public information during their participation in these activities.
(6) Not accept additional compensation from an outside organization.
Note 1: Reimbursable travel that is properly accepted in accordance with Acceptance of Travel and Related Expenses from Non- Federal Sources, 31 U.S.C. § 1353, does not constitute compensation.
Note 2: Employees are reminded that they are subject to the rules for acceptance of gifts such as meals, tokens of appreciation, entertainment, or any item having monetary value, in accordance with Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 CFR pt. 2635. Employees are encouraged to contact an ethics attorney at their Center for any questions related to the acceptance of gifts from outside sources.
g. Employees will:
(1) Possess sufficient knowledge of the subject matter they will be sharing with external audiences.
(2) Possess sufficient knowledge of how to appropriately interact with and engage target audiences.
(3) Jointly with the supervisor, ensure that participation in STEM engagement and communications activities does not interfere with the performance of their primary job duties by communicating any potential conflicts to the supervisor beforehand. Optional STEM engagement and communications activities are in addition to the employee's regular job duties and are not a substitute for completing assigned work. Participation in such activities is not intended to have an adverse impact on work operations or employee performance.
Communications. Comprises those activities and functions designed to provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information about NASA, its activities, and the results thereof, other than activities for scientific and technical interchange.
Equity. The consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
STEM Engagement. Comprises those activities designed to enhance learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas using NASA's unique capabilities. STEM engagement encompasses all endeavors Agency-wide to attract, engage, and educate students and to support educators, educational institutions, and professional and student organizations.
Underserved/Underrepresented Communities. Refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of "Equity."
a. Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, E.O. 13985.
b. NASA Equity Action Plan.
c. NASA Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility.
d. NASA Tribal Consultation Plan of Action.
This document does not bind the public, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract. This document is uncontrolled when printed. Check the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) Library to verify that this is the correct version before use: https://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov.