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East Ridge, Tenn., Native Jeffrey Jackson Receives NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Alabama
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 05-164

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, left, presents Jeffrey Jackson with an Exceptional Achievement Award. Jeffrey Jackson, a contracting officer in the Office of Procurement at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., was recently awarded a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. The award recognized outstanding employees for their contributions and innovative approaches with minority and women-owned business.

Jackson was honored for his leadership as contracting officer for the Unified NASA Information Technology Services contract with Science Applications International Corporation of San Diego, Calif. In particular, he was honored for his contributions to the successful implementation of a subcontracting program for the UNITeS contract and leading a team that achieved significant small business contract goals at the Marshall Center. The UNITeS contract provides information technology management services to Marshall and the agency.

Jackson received the medal and a plaque during an awards ceremony in September at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The ceremony honored the agency’s minority contractors and small business achievements in support of space exploration.

Jackson is responsible for oversight of NASA’s $880 million UNITeS contract, serving as the agency’s primary business interface for all aspects of the contract, including contract modification negotiations, property management, subcontracting, security and personnel. Jackson also supports NASA’s Integrated Enterprise Management Program, which is in the process of consolidating all agency financial services into a single resource.

UNITeS also provides mission operations support, such as telecommunications, personnel and information management, for all space shuttle launches in the United States and for launches from Russia, including Soyuz missions to the international space station.

Previously, Jackson served as contracting officer of primary instruments for the Solar-B mission, a Japanese satellite being developed in coordination with scientists from NASA and the United Kingdom to study violent eruptions on the sun. The mission is expected to launch in 2006. He also was responsible for contract management of flight hardware or payloads on several space shuttle missions and worked directly with payload specialist astronauts to ensure they flew on the shuttle, along with their associated experiments.

In 1999, Jackson received his contracting officer’s warrant -- a document allowing him to represent and bind the government in contractual agreements. From 1989 to 1999, Jackson was a contract specialist at Marshall, providing contract support to the center.

From 1986 to 1989, he was a purchasing agent and materials officer for the Tennessee Valley Authority at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Chattanooga, Tenn. His responsibilities included coordinating the acquisition, receipt and tracking of plant restart materials and hardware.

Jackson, a native of East Ridge, Tenn., and graduate of East Ridge High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1986 and a master’s degree in contract and acquisition management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne in 1996.

He has received numerous honors and awards for his work at NASA. In 2002, he was named Contract Manager of the Year by the Marshall Office of Procurement. He was recognized in 1997 as a Space Flight Awareness Honoree for his contributions to space flight activities. Jackson also is a previous winner of the NASA golf club championship.

Jackson, his wife, Melanie, and their two children reside in Huntsville.

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