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Administrator O'Keefe Outlines NASA's Values
06.09.04
 
During the Senior Leadership Council session held in May 2004, the Agency's senior leaders set time aside to thoughtfully consider NASA's Agency-level values. Shortly thereafter, during the NASA Update on June 3, 2004 Administrator O'Keefe discussed the Agency-level values revalidated by our senior leadership. The NASA Values are

Safety, the NASA Family, Excellence, and Integrity.


NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls. Image left: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Values are essential to guiding what is appropriate behavior in an organization. The benefit of having and promoting a central set of values is that all people in the NASA community will have a common and explicit basis for evaluating how their behavior aligns or misaligns with community expectations. The need to consider Agency-level values at this time is key to achieving both One NASA and the culture change called for as a result of the survey findings conducted by Behavioral Science Technology Inc. earlier this year. As a member of the NASA community, it is important for each of us to fully understand the meaning of the NASA Values and ensure that these values are demonstrated in our actions and those of our leaders.

NASA Values
We are dedicated to the values of Safety, The NASA Family, Excellence, and Integrity. We aspire to achieve these values in everything we do. We commit ourselves to the hard work ahead tor ealize these values. Once we achieve them, we will be vigilant in upholding them.

James L. Jennings, Associate Deputy Administrator, Institutions and Asset Management. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls. Safety
We are committed, individually and as a team, to protecting the safety and health of the public, our partners, our people and those assets that the Nation entrusts to us. Safety is the cornerstone upon which we build mission success.

Image right: NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator, Jim Jennings. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

NASA Family
We are a diverse team who are bound together in the most challenging and rewarding of endeavors. We respect each other, trust each other, support each other, mourn together, celebrate together and dream together.

Excellence
We are committed to achieving the highest standards in engineering, science, management and leadership as we pioneer the future. We thrive on new ideas, experiences and continuous learning. We are always rigorous in our operations. We demonstrate and communicate an unquenchable spirit of ingenuity and innovation.

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and Center Director Al Diaz. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls. Image left: Sean O'Keefe with Goddard Space Flight Center Director Al Diaz. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Integrity
We embrace truthfulness and trust, and have the moral courage and obligation to be open, honest and ethical in all that we do. We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We recognize our responsibility and are accountable for the important work entrusted to us to better our society for future generations.... which lead to mission success in our journey of exploration and discovery.