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NASA: 00-037

NASA: 00-037

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Peggy WilhideHeadquarters, Washington, DC March 13, 2000(Phone: 202/358-1898)RELEASE: 00-37ADMINISTRATOR PRAISES WORK OF REVIEW TEAMSNASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today praised thework of two panels reporting on NASA project managementissues, noting that the teams "have done a great service tothe Agency and to the Nation."The Phase II report by the Mars Climate Orbiter MishapInvestigation Board, led by Marshall Space Flight CenterDirector Arthur G. Stephenson, and the Faster, Better,Cheaper report by former Jet Propulsion Laboratory projectmanager Anthony Spear, are part of a top-to-bottom review ofAgency programs Goldin chartered within the past few months.The two reports released today join the work of anotherreview panel, the Shuttle Independent Assessment Team, led byAmes Research Center Director Dr. Henry McDonald, whichlooked into Space Shuttle processing issues. That report wasreleased March 9. An additional review, by a team underformer Lockheed Martin executive Thomas Young, is due to NASAthis week, and after a short period of study will be publiclyreleased later this month."These teams have performed magnificently," Goldin said."They have zeroed in on problem areas and have provided aroadmap for improving our performance in the future. TheAmerican people have said loud and clear they desire agovernment which costs less and does more. NASA has heardthat message and embarked on a fundamental cultural changeover the last several years."We knew this change would not be easy. We knew wewould have problems," Goldin said. "We pushed, we monitored,and we initiated these reviews to find the areas which needcorrection. These reviews make clear there is no turningback from our overall goal and have identified where we canand must do better."Goldin has asked NASA Chief Engineer W. Brian Keegan tolead an internal group of experts in considering the reportsas a whole and developing an integrated set of responses. "Ihave asked the Chief Engineer to work with the heads of eachof the major NASA Enterprises and the NASA field centers todevelop an across-the-board approach to implementing theserecommendations. Specific actions will be defined by mid-summer," Goldin said.Among the report findings, Goldin noted the following:* The Shuttle Independent Assessment Team documented 81recommendations set against four time frames: immediate,short-term, intermediate and long-term. "We have already

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