Advisory Council Reorganizes for Greater Effectiveness
Editor's Note: This is a blog excerpt from Steven Squyres, Chairman, NASA Advisory Council
The NASA Advisory Council (NAC), an independent group of scientists and aerospace experts who provide external guidance to NASA, will be restructured in the coming months to more accurately reflect the Agency’s structure and to improve its ability to deal with issues that cut across the Agency. The restructuring process, resulting from a recent internal review conducted under the direction of the NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, will begin immediately and will be fully realized over the next several months. As Chairman of the NAC, I’m looking forward to putting this new structure in place.
The NASA Advisory Council provides the NASA Administrator with counsel and advice on programs and issues of importance to the Agency. The current council consists of eight committees, Aeronautics, Audit, Finance and Analysis, Commercial Space, Education and Public Outreach, Human Exploration and Operations, Information Technology Infrastructure, Science, and Technology and Innovation. Each committee conducts sessions throughout the year in an effort to gain a broad understanding of current NASA issues and future mission implementation plans. The committees then bring their proposed findings and recommendations to the full Council for deliberation and final decision on whether to send forward to the NASA Administrator. The Council deliberates on topics raised by each committee and crosscutting issues in public sessions and presents its findings and recommendations to the NASA Administrator throughout the year.
The current council is being restructured in the coming months as part of its ongoing reorganization. It will be completed by April 2014.
NASA Advisory Council
NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL
NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
The NASA Advisory Council held its third meeting of 2013 on December 11-12, 2013, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. Standing in the KSC Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) left to right are: Ms. Diane Rausch (Executive Director); Dr. William Ballhaus; Dr. Charles Kennel (Ex-Officio); Mr. Robert Hanisee; Dr. Steven Squyres (Chair); Mr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator; Mr. John Borghese (for Honorable Marion Blakey); Mr. Kenneth Bowersox; Mr. Robert Cabana, KSC Director; and Ms. Mary Hanna, KSC. Missing from photo: Mr. Lars Perkins; Dr. Larry Smarr; Dr. Eugene Levy (for Dr. David McComas); and Gen. Lester Lyles (Ex-Officio).