Kennedy Organizational Business Profiles
Center Director (AA)
Kennedy Space Center's strategic core business is to provide space systems processes, test and launch techniques, and develop associated technologies that assist NASA in advancing space exploration and commerce. In leading KSC to success, the Center Director and executive staff set, communicate, and deploy Agency/Enterprise/KSC values and performance expectations; allocate resources and evaluate performance; and align KSC to meet Agency, Enterprise, and future customer expectations.
Center Planning and Development Directorate (AD)
The Center Planning and Development Directorate serves as the front door for internal and external partnerships with Kennedy Space Center, facilitating future center development strategies that maximize use of underutilized infrastructure, both for NASA missions as well as commercial and non-NASA customers.
Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (AJ)
The Equal Opportunity Office ensures a progressive and effective EO program at the Kennedy Space Center that meets Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), NASA, and Center goals and objectives.
Human Resources Office (BA)
The Human Resources Office is a proactive organization that champions diversity and is innovative in providing consistent, high quality human capital management solutions to KSC employees and the general public.
Office of Chief Counsel (CC)
The Chief Counsel’s Office provides proactive and preventive legal/business advice and services to customers on all areas of law and policy which affect KSC operations/interests and the implementation of the NASA Strategic Plan.
Education and External Relations Directorate (EX)
The directorate is responsible for KSC's primary interfaces and strategic messaging with external audiences including academic institutions (academic and students); on-site guests, dignitaries, and other agency guests; legislative, business, and community leaders; offsite speaking engagements; the KSC Visitor Complex; and the general public (as applicable, via the tools managed within the directorate.) These activities align with NASA's Strategic Plan, the governance model for Headquarters' Offices of Education and Communications governance model. The directorate facilitates these interfaces through various strategic communications vehicles, including Speakers Bureau, official tours, launch campaigns and major program milestones, major events and celebrations, the Internet, grants, Space Act Agreements, and management of the KSC Visitor Complex concession agreement. The directorate also oversees the History Program activities at the center. The directorate provides strategic dissemination of information about NASA's and KSC's goals and accomplishments to worldwide audiences.
Commercial Crew Program Office (FA)
The Commercial Crew Program (CCP) invests in the development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable, and cost effective access to and return from low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS). CCP's scope involves design, development, demonstration and certification of end-to-end crew transportation systems, including spacecraft systems, launch vehicle systems, ground systems and mission systems. Through NASA's development and certification process, CCP will help lay the foundation for future commercial crew transportation capabilities, upon which the Commercial Partners can market transportation services to the U.S. government and other customers. Once a transportation capability is certified for NASA's use and services are available, NASA may purchase transportation services to meet its ISS crew rotation and emergency return obligations. The Commercial Crew Program is hosted by Kennedy Space Center and is supported by offices at Johnson Space Center.
Office of Chief Financial Officer (GG)
The Chief Financial Officer provides for the centralized planning and analysis of all KSC Project and Program resources and provides the focal point to ensure a uniform Center posture for the development and execution of resources decisions. As a service organization, the Office is charged with the statutory responsibility for the financial management activities of the Center and the functional management responsibilities for oversight of all KSC Project and Program financial operations.
Ground Processing Directorate (GP)
The Ground Processing Directorate is responsible for overall management and direction of flight hardware processing activities, including functions associated with Department of Defense and other government agency liaisons; resource and configuration management; ground systems operations, maintenance, and sustaining engineering; logistics; space flight hardware processing, integration, engineering, and launch complex operations; and operations planning, assessment, and trade studies. The organization performs, oversees, and/or provides technical insight into Ground Support Equipment (GSE), assigned ground systems, ground processing, and launch and recovery operations to meet current and future space flight customer needs. The directorate develops and maintains an experienced workforce to perform the assigned functions. The directorate is responsible for providing products and services that satisfy internal and external customers. Primary customers of the Ground Processing Directorate are NASA programs defined by various mission directorates, the KSC Institution, other NASA centers, other government agencies and commercial customers.
Information Technology and Communications Services Directorate (IT)
The IT directorate provides development, integration, and operations in supporting the current and advanced information technology and communications needs of KSC institutional and NASA program customers.
Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (LX)
The program's mission is to process and launch the next generation of launch vehicles and spacecraft in support of NASA's exploration objectives, and develop the ground systems, infrastructure, and operational approaches to sustainably enable that mission. A key aspect of the program's approach to long-term sustainability and affordability is to make processing and launch infrastructure available to commercial and other government entities, thereby distributing the fixed cost burden among multiple users and reducing the cost of access to space for the United States.
Engineering and Technology Directorate (NE)
The Engineering and Technology Directorate (NE) is responsible for developing and maintaining an experienced engineering research and technology workforce that designs, develops technologies, builds, sustains, operates, maintains, and oversees and/or provides technical insight into ground support equipment (GSE), assigned ground systems, and analog space environment test systems and flight systems to meet current and future space flight customer needs. The directorate provides prime and backup NASA sustaining engineering services for assigned systems and subsystems to the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate programs and projects at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
Procurement Office (OP)
The Procurement Office acquires goods and services in accordance with all statutes, rules, regulations, and policies applicable to Kennedy Space Center; to effectively support Kennedy Space Center directorates in the acquisition process while promoting efficient job performance and integrity; and supports the mission and the goals established through the NASA strategic planning process.
Public Affairs Directorate (PA)
The Public Affairs Directorate manages KSC's primary interfaces with worldwide audiences, providing timely and accurate dissemination of key messages and information about NASA programs in a variety of formats. The directorate manages and synchronizes internal communications, media relations, television, Web content, social media content, public inquiries, exhibits, Communications Material Review, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities to ensure comprehensive distribution of key information to relevant audiences and stakeholders, increasing the understanding and awareness among the media, internal and external constituent groups, and the general public about the agency's programs. The Public Affairs director serves as the center's chief spokesperson and provides leadership in planning, designing, and executing a broad and comprehensive media program that informs and responds to questions from the general public and specialized media audiences, including trade press, about the agency's priorities, programs, activities, and services.
Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (SA)
The Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate integrally sustains and strengthens the success of the Kennedy Space Center mission serving as an independent, value-added partner and Agency leader in S&MA expertise. The Directorate plans, establishes, implements, and directs all S&MA functions for KSC responsible activities ensuring compliance with Federal, Agency, Program, KSC, and contract S&MA requirements and controls.
Center Operations (TA)
Center Operations is responsible for the overall management and direction of Center activities with functions associated with Propellants and Fluids, Occupational Health, Medical Operations Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Programs, Protective Services, Logistics, Contract Property Administration, Center Services, NASA Aircraft Operations, Export Control, Materials Science Laboratory, and the Workers’ Compensation Program. The management of these activities is in support of the Space Shuttle program, International Space Station program, Exploration program, Launch Services Programs, and the Cape Canaveral Spaceport vision. This directorate also includes the Radiation Protection Officer, Emergency Preparedness Officer, the Center Continuity of Operations Coordinator, and the Center Security Officer.
International Space Station Ground Processing and Research Project Office (UB)
The International Space Station (ISS) Ground Processing and Research (ISSGP&R) Project Office at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is responsible for the implementation of technical, cost, and schedule requirements of the ISS Program at KSC as well as the ISS research requirements from the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division (SLPSRA) from NASA Headquarters. The project office leads KSC planning and implementation of all ground processing and research requirements and is the interface between the Center, the ISS program and SLPSRA.
Launch Services Program (VA)
The Launch Services Program provides leadership and expertise in providing on-orbit, on-time, and on-cost launch services.