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Byron Butler, NASA Marshall Center Deputy Director for Procurement, Appointed to Federal Senior Executive Service
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-055

Byron W. Butler Byron W. Butler, deputy director for the Office of Procurement at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service -- the personnel system that covers most of the top managerial, supervisory and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government.

Since taking his position in 1997, Butler has had a key role in all stages of the Marshall Center's contracting process, including bid-solicitation, evaluation, negotiations, awards and contract management. Managing a team of more than 150 civil service and contract employees, he currently supervises more than 900 active contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, valued at more than $31 billion.

"I feel privileged to be chosen as a Senior Executive Service member and be afforded the opportunity to serve as one of Marshall's leaders as the Marshall Center engineers America's future in space," said Butler. "Marshall is deeply involved in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration where we will return to the moon and eventually on to Mars. These are exciting times at NASA and I am glad to be a small part of it."

From April 2004 to May 2005, Butler served in a temporary assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington as project manager of the Contract Management Module Project in NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program. In that position, he helped lead efforts to select, configure, integrate and implement software to enhance contract administration and reporting.

From 1994 to 1997, Butler served as contracting officer and chief of the Research and Development Support Division in Marshall's Office of Procurement, the organization managing contracts for Marshall's Engineering Directorate. He was responsible for procurement planning, solicitation development, proposal evaluation, contract creation, negotiation, contract award and the resulting contract administration and management.

In 1989, Butler was appointed contracting officer and division chief for the Space Projects Division at the Marshall Center. He was responsible for several major systems contracts; provided advice on procurement policies, procedures, methods and techniques; and served in contract administration where he negotiated and advised in awarding multi-million dollar contracts.

From 1984 to 1989, Butler served as contracting officer and branch chief of the Special Projects Branch in the Space Projects Division of the Marshall procurement office. He began his NASA career in 1979 at Marshall as a contract specialist.

A native of Anderson, Ala., Butler has received numerous special service and group achievement awards. He was a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2002 for his work on the NASA Consolidated Business Study Team in Washington. He has served as an essential advisor to major contract selection boards at the Marshall Center and has provided leadership in the administration of contracts for the Space Shuttle Program, International Space Station and NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Butler earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Alabama in Florence in 1978 and a master's of business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology in Huntsville in 1984. In 2001, he earned a Certificate of Professional Contract Management accreditation from the National Contract Management Association and received a Level III Certification, which is the highest level possible from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Butler and his wife, the former Lydia Zeleznok of Fairbanks, Alaska, reside in Madison, Ala. and have four children and two grandchildren.

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