Bob Jacobs Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1600) RELEASE: 02-76

April 29, 2002

NASA ADMINISTRATOR NAMES SENIOR IT ADVISOR NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today named Paul A. Strassmann as Special Assistant to the Administrator for Information Management, effective immediately. Strassmann, who has been honored worldwide for his pioneering work in Information Technology (IT) development, will serve as a senior advisor to the NASA Administrator on information management and technology structure issues. "Paul's work has attracted worldwide attention and acclaim," said Administrator O'Keefe. "His experience in advancing next-generation technologies and information management concepts will be vital as the agency explores a comprehensive IT strategy." In his new position, Strassmann will conduct an analysis of current information management operations and will support the development and implementation of an agency-wide vision for IT. He will also work in close cooperation with the Special Assistant to the Administrator for Financial Management to optimize the efficiency and operation of the Integrated Financial Management Program, known as IFMP. Strassmann is president of The Information Economic Press, and his monthly articles have appeared in Computerworld magazine since 1994. He has served as Chief Corporate Information Systems executive from 1961 to 1985 for General Foods, Kraft and the Xerox Corp. Strassmann served as senior advisor to the Science Applications International Corporation; he is Associate of the Butley Group, a United Kingdom consultancy; and he is on the Board of Visitors at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. After serving as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, he was appointed in 1991 to a newly created position of Director of Defense Information, where he was responsible

for organizing and managing the corporate information management program across the Defense Department. In 1993, He received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. "Paul has been a key contributor in shaping business and information technology systems for both private industry and government," added Administrator O'Keefe. "I look forward to his innovative contributions as we move to update and upgrade NASA's IT infrastructure." Strassmann has authored more than 200 articles on information management and has written several books on how to invest in information technologies, including "The Information Payoff," "The Business Value of Computers," "The Politics of Information Management," "The Squandered Computer" and "The Information Productivity of U.S. Corporations." His involvement with computers dates back to 1954 when he designed a method of scheduling toll collection personnel on the basis of punch card toll receipts. He earned an engineering degree from the Cooper Union in New York and a master's degree in industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additional information about Strassmann is available on the Internet at: http://www.strassmann.com/ -end-