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Unformatted text preview: ganizational responsibilities for various aspects of the transition, establishes goals and objectives, and outlines planning and management challenges such as management of human capital and disposition of infrastructure.76 As it notes, the scope of the transition is huge: The SSP [space shuttle program] has an extensive array of assets; the program occupies over 654 facilities, uses over 1.2 million line items of hardware and equipment, and employs over 2,000 civil servants, with more than 15,000 work year equivalent personnel employed by the contractors. In addition, the SSP employs over 3,000 additional indirect workers through Center Management and Operations and service accounts. The total equipment acquisition value is over $12 billion, spread across hundreds of locations. The total facilities replacement cost is approximately $5.7 billion, which accounts for approximately onefourth of the value of the Agency’s total facility inventory. There are over 1,200 active suppliers and 3,000 to 4,000 qualified suppliers geographically located throughout the country.77 Congress has addressed a number of these issues through legislation: • In the NASA Authorization Act of 2005, Congress directed NASA to use the personnel, capabilities, assets, and infrastructure of the shuttle program “to the fullest extent possible consistent with a successful development program” in developing the vehicles now known as Orion, Ares I, and Ares V. It also required the development of a transition plan for personnel affected by the termination of the shuttle program.78 • In the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008, Congress directed NASA to prepare a strategy, to be updated at least every six months, for minimizing job losses as a result of the transition from the shuttle to its successor.79 The strategy report was first issued in March 2008 and was updated in October 2008 and July 2009.80 As well as strategic information, it provides annual workforce projections for each NASA center and a summary of recent relevant actions by NASA and its contractors. • In the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, Congress directed NASA to submit a plan for the disposition of the shuttles and associated hardware and to establish a Space Shuttle Transition Liaison Office to assist affected communities.81 It provided for temporary continuation of health benefits for personnel whose jobs are eliminated as a result of the termination of the program.82 It directed NASA to analyze the facilities and personnel that will be made available by the termination of the shuttle program and to report on other current and future federal programs that could use them.83 The resulting report summarized the “mapping” process that NASA is using to align the civil servant and contractor shuttle workforce and the [CARD CONTINUES] shuttle facilities at each NASA center with the needs of other programs.84 • In the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, and in previous...
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