By Katie Poole, GSFC, and Jane Maples, MSFC
For over 20 years, the Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC’s) Information Technology and Communications Directorate (ITCD) successfully managed the yearly production of the GSFC Key Personnel Directory. Formerly known as the “little white book,” this hard-copy publication contained work and after-hours contact information for Goddard’s civil servant management and supervisory staff.
While the document proved functional, maintenance of the directory proved to be an ineffective method of meeting GSFC‘s key personnel requirements. The printed book had its share of challenges: the meticulous task of soliciting contact information; continuous personnel changes, which often nullified recently obtained data; and, most significantly, the challenge of protecting personally identifiable information (PII).
In early 2012, ITCD initiated a task to investigate concepts to replace the existing book with an electronic version that would be readily accessible and adequately protect PII data.
Then, in February 2013, in collaboration with the Center for Internal Mobile Apps (CIMA)—located at the NASA Enterprise Application Competency Center (NEACC)—ITCD deployed the Key Personnel App (KPNA) mobile app in order to leverage Agency software development capabilities in a mature and secure hosting environment.
The CIMA design augments and enhances the existing “NASA Contacts” mobile app to meet GSFC KPNA requirements. This active integration with the NASA Enterprise Directory (NED) provides current employee data while reducing the need to maintain multiple databases. Key personnel and other designated users have access to a “Groups” tab that allows them to call, text, or e-mail from within the mobile app. This app is available on iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices.Team Members