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Nasa boss resignation

Just heard that your boss has resigned, Emmett, any consequences for you?


  • News to me. Wonder what is up....will check and give report.
  • Just read it - what happens next really comes down to his replacement.

    Then it could go either way - big funding and a full future or cuts and the dance goes on.
  • Try to convince the new NASA boss to INVEST in our team!
  • If you only knew.
  • I do, I do, I do, but I'm not telling. :o

    Well I don't really, I just wanted in on the fun..............

    Sorry, I'll go now
  • I'm not telling either.
  • Its all Official:

    Point of Contact: Glenn Mahone, Public Affairs, 202/358-1898


    Administrator Sean O'Keefe, who over the past three years
    led the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    through an aggressive and comprehensive management
    transformation and helped the agency through one of its most
    painful tragedies, resigned on Dec. 13.

    In his resignation letter to the President the Administrator
    wrote, "I will continue until you have named a successor and
    in the hope the Senate will act on your nomination by

    "I've been honored to serve this President, the American
    people and my talented colleagues here at NASA," said
    Administrator O'Keefe. "Together, we've enjoyed
    unprecedented success and seen each other through arduous
    circumstances. This was the most difficult decision I've
    ever made, but it's one I felt was best for my family and
    our future."

    O'Keefe, 48, is NASA's tenth administrator. Nominated by
    President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate,
    he was sworn into office Dec. 21, 2001. It was the
    Administrator's fourth Presidential appointment.

    After joining NASA, Administrator O'Keefe focused his
    efforts on successfully bringing financial credibility to
    the agency and eliminating a $5 billion budget shortfall for
    the International Space Station program. He introduced a
    number of innovative management and budget reforms. He led
    all federal agencies in the implementation of the
    President's Management Agenda, which is designed to make
    government more responsive and efficient. In three of the
    original five categories on the Agenda, NASA's performance
    is at the highest standard.

    The tragic loss of seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle
    Columbia as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere during
    STS-107 on Feb. 1, 2003, focused the nation's attention on
    the future of America's space program.

    Administrator O'Keefe directed significant changes in the
    Space Shuttle's safety and management programs. He was a key
    architect of the President's new Vision for Space
    Exploration, announced in January during a historic speech
    at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

    The new Vision for Space Exploration led a transformation of
    NASA and has positioned the agency to meet the challenges of
    safely returning the Space Shuttle to flight, completing the
    International Space Station, exploring the complexities of
    our home planet, and going back to the moon, on to Mars and

    "The President and Congress have demonstrated their faith in
    us. We need to seize this opportunity," added Administrator
    O'Keefe. "NASA has a new direction that will push the
    boundaries of technology, science, space flight and
    knowledge, and will inspire new generations of explorers for
    years to come and secure this great nation's future."

    Encouraging students to study mathematics, science and
    technology has been a priority for the Administrator. In
    April 2002, he unveiled a new Educator Astronaut Program, in
    which a select few of the most outstanding teachers would be
    chosen to join NASA's Astronaut Corps. The new Educator
    Astronaut candidates were introduced in May on Space Day and
    are in training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

    During his tenure, Administrator O'Keefe realized a number
    of significant mission triumphs, including Cassini's
    exploration of Saturn and its moons, the recent successful
    hypersonic test flights of the X-43A and the historic
    landing of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and
    Opportunity on the Red Planet in January.

    "NASA is the only agency in the world where its people are
    allowed to dream big and then work to make those dreams come
    true. Who wouldn't treasure the opportunity to be a part of
    pioneering history?" added the Administrator. "I'm humbled
    by the dedication and determination of the NASA Family and
    their commitment to the future of exploration. I wish each
    of them the very best. I am confident in their ability to
    carry out what we've started," Administrator O'Keefe

    Administrator O'Keefe first joined the Bush Administration
    as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and
    Budget, overseeing the preparation, management and
    administration of the Federal budget and government wide-
    management initiatives.

    "The extraordinary opportunities you have permitted me to
    assume these last four years have been experiences of a
    lifetime," the Administrator wrote in his resignation
    letter. "In the most challenging moments during my service I
    have drawn considerable strength, resolve and determination
    to do what's right by the standards you set every day."

    From 1989 to 1992, Administrator O'Keefe served as
    Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of
    Defense. President George H. Bush appointed him as the
    Secretary of the Navy in July 1992.

    Before joining then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney's Pentagon
    management team, he served on the United States Senate
    Committee on Appropriations staff for eight years, and was
    Staff Director of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

    His public service began in 1978 when he was selected as a
    Presidential Management Intern.

    Administrator O'Keefe is a Fellow of the National Academy of
    Public Administration; a member of the Committee on Climate
    Change Science and Technology; and a Fellow of the
    International Academy of Astronautics.

    During his academic postings, he was a Visiting Scholar at
    the Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge, England;
    a member of the Naval Postgraduate School's civil-military
    relations seminar team; and conducted seminars for the
    Strategic Studies Group at Oxford University.

    Administrator O'Keefe served on the national security panel
    to devise the 1988 Republican platform and was a member of
    the 1985 Kennedy School of Government program for national
    security executives at Harvard University.

    In 1993, President Bush and Secretary Cheney presented him
    the Distinguished Public Service Award. He was the 1999
    faculty recipient of the Syracuse University Chancellor's
    Award for Public Service; recipient of the Department of the
    Navy's Public Service Award in December 2000; and has been
    awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several prestigious
    educational institutions. In March 2003 and 2004, he was
    recognized and honored by the Irish American Magazine as one
    of the Top 100 Irish Americans.

    He is the author of several journal articles and
    contributing author of "Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense
    for the Future," released in October 2000. In 1998 he co-
    authored "The Defense Industry in the Post-Cold War Era:
    Corporate Strategies and Public Policy Perspectives."

    Administrator O'Keefe earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1977
    from Loyola University in New Orleans and his Master of
    Public Administration degree in 1978 from The Maxwell School
    of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, N.Y.

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