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For release: 06/30/04
Release #: 04-177  

Marshall Space Flight Center announces new organization structure to implement NASA's Vision For Space Exploration

Marshall Center Director David King has announced a new organization structure intended to strategically align the Center to implement NASA's space exploration mission.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director David King today announced a new organization structure intended to strategically align the Center to implement NASA's space exploration mission.

"Alignment will position the Center to operate more effectively in a competitive environment with innovative approaches to doing business," said King. "It will create a robust and flexible organization that can successfully adapt to changing requirements and opportunities."

The new organization chart features three Program & Project offices, focused on Space Shuttle Propulsion, Space Transportation, and Space Systems. The Center's technical foundation will be an Engineering Directorate, a Science and Research Directorate and a Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. New offices created will include ones that will focus on human capital, information technology, and external and internal relations.

"These changes will provide clarity of function within the organization, enabling better communication with customers and stakeholders, resulting in better customer service," said King.

He said other advantages of the new organization are:

  • consolidating and strengthening the Center's engineering capability;
  • aligning the Center more closely with NASA's business structure;
  • enabling better business forecasting and decision-making;
  • providing a product focus while maintaining the Center's core competencies.

These organizational changes resulted from recommendations created by a strategic alignment team headed by Marshall Deputy Center Director Rex Geveden and discussed and agreed to by the Center's senior management team. Implementation teams have been formed to work to finalize the shape of the new organization. Transition to the new organization is expected to take up to six months to complete.

Last week Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced a transformation of NASA's organization structure to streamline the agency and position it to better implement the Vision for Space Exploration. That Vision calls for the return of the Space Shuttle to flight, completion of the International Space Station, and human and robotic exploration of the Solar System. Marshall Space Flight Center expects to play a significant role in implementing the Vision.

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