Brian Welch Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1600) RELEASE: 96-15

January 30, 1996

WEST NAMED NASA CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER Ronald S. West has been named Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, effective March 3, 1996. West will succeed John C. Lynn, who has announced his intention to retire after 40 years of government service. The CIO reports directly to the NASA Administrator and is responsible as an integrated Agency focus for the development of information resource management strategies, policies, and practices. These encompass strategic planning; standards in computing, networking, and security; establishment of system and information architectures; and incorporation of life-cycle management concepts into information technology acquisitions and management. In addition, the CIO serves as the NASA-designated Senior Official for Information Resource Management. Over the past two years, West has performed dual assignments in support of the CIO and Manager of the Headquarters Consolidated Information Resources and Management Support contract. For the CIO, he has managed the definition, coordination, and development of common standards for the establishment of a NASA-wide Information Technology Architecture -- a major information management re-engineering initiative. From 1990 to 1994, West was Manager, Technical and Management Systems Office, within the Space Station Freedom Program Office. In that position, West was responsible for the development and integration of the Technical Management Information System within the Space Station Freedom Program. From 1986 to 1990, West was Manager, Data Integration Office of the National Space Transportation System Engineering Integration Office at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. In that position, he managed system engineering activity for flight hardware configuration and

maintenance accounting; activities required to establish formal agreements between NASA Headquarters, NASA center organizations, and prime contractors on Shuttle flight parameters; and the development of the Program Compliance Assurance Status System that brings together engineering, safety and configuration management data to support Certificate of Flight Readiness reviews for the Space Shuttle. -more-2From 1983 to 1986, West served as Senior Systems Engineer for Shuttle Mission Reconfiguration and Mass Property Analysis. From 1980 to 1983, he served as Senior Systems Engineer for all Shuttle master measurement database software development, data management and product deliverables. Prior to his employment with NASA, he worked for Lockheed Electronics and TRW Systems, Inc., as a project manager for Computer System Development, Shuttle Program Information Management System Development and verification, integration, and publication of Apollo, Skylab and ApolloSoyuz test program mass property, weight, and consumable data. West received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1965 from the University of Houston. -endNASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe pressrelease" (no quotes). The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription. A second automatic message will include additional information on the service. NASA releases also are available via CompuServe using the command GO NASA.