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 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.
NASA Advisory Council
NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL
The NASA Advisory Council held its second meeting of 2013 on July 31 – August 1, 2013, at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Standing left to right are: Ms. Diane Rausch (Executive Director), Dr. Matt Mountain (for Dr. William Ballhaus), Mr. Richard Kohrs, Dr. David McComas, Dr. Larry Smarr, Dr. Steven Squyres (Chair), Mr. Lars Perkins, Mr. Robert Hanisee, Dr. John Klineberg (for Dr. Charles F. Kennel (Ex-Officio Member)). Seated left to right are: The Honorable Marion Blakey, Ms. Patti Grace Smith. Missing from photo: Dr. William Ballhaus, Dr. Charles F. Kennel, and General Lester Lyles (Ex-Officio Member).