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Dolores Beasley/Michael Braukusz
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1753/1979)

Dec. 14, 2004
 
RELEASE : 04-393
 
 
NASA Accepts Outside Report on Technology Transfer
 
 
NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate today announced completion of a year- long external review of the agency's technology transfer activities.

The review was conducted by the National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA) at NASA's request to assist in focusing technology transfer activities. The study provided eight major recommendations, which are under review by senior agency managers.

In accepting the recommendations and the comprehensive report, Craig Steidle, Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems, expressed his appreciation for the Academy's efforts. "The National Academy for Public Administration has provided a comprehensive set of recommendations, based on a thorough and painstaking review of the NASA technology transfer program. We are grateful for the Academy's work and will faithfully consider and respond to each of the recommendations," Steidle said.

The NASA Technology Program has two major goals: to increase the agency's technical capabilities through the infusion of technologies from external sources; and to increase the nation's economic strength through the transfer of NASA-developed technologies into U.S. industry and markets.

The recommendations range from consideration of organizational structure and responsibilities to developing performance measures. One recommendation is to re-organize and focus the activities of the national network of external agents.

To prepare to address this issue, the views of industry and academia were solicited through a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI requested papers on a broad range of topics pertaining to technology transfer, its mechanisms and the use of technology in addressing them. Other recommendations deal with improvements to supporting information technology systems, internal reporting and the assignment of field center responsibilities.

"NAPA provided a diligent, thoughtful and focused review," said Benjamin Neumann, manager of the technology transfer program for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. "We are eager to continue our implementation of the Academy's recommendations to the fullest extent possible and are confident all will see a dramatic improvement in our program," he said.

The full report is posted on the NAPA Web site at:

http://www.napawash.org

For more information about the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, visit:

http://exploration.nasa.gov

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

 

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