NASA and Navy Sign Memorandum Of Agreement
Aug. 15, 2003
NASA and the U.S. Navy signed a Memorandum of Agreement to exchange valuable vendor and supplier information aimed at improving safety, mission assurance, and performance of the systems procured by both.
This agreement is the first in a series under development to identify and use the "best of the best" safety and engineering practices of each organization.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe recognized many similarities between human space flight programs and submarine operations. Administrator O'Keefe wrote a letter to Navy Secretary Gordon England in July 2002, and in August 2002, the NASA/Navy Benchmarking Exchange Team was formed.
"A commitment to safety is built on a foundation of best practices and strong leadership," said Administrator O'Keefe. "This important exchange of ideas, processes, and procedures will play a significant role in a meaningful evolution of our technical and safety assessments as we return to flight," he said.
This agreement allows NASA to use the Navy's Product Data Reporting and Evaluation Program and its Red/Yellow/Green Program, both of which are web-accessible to both organizations. NASA will provide the Navy with access to systems used to assess the quality of vendors and suppliers.
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