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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

RELEASE : 12-032
Chattanooga, Tenn., Native William 'Bill' Hicks Named Deputy Chief Financial Officer at NASA's Marshall Center
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- William "Bill" Hicks, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., recently was appointed deputy chief financial officer in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Named to the position in February 2012, Hicks assists the chief financial officer in overseeing implementation and administration of all integrated Marshall Center and NASA financial management systems, including all aspects of planning, programming, budget processes and guidelines for distribution of financial resources.

Hicks was program planning and control manager for Marshall's Shuttle Propulsion Office from 2008 to 2011. He coordinated, integrated and supervised personnel in programmatic planning, budgeting, performance assessment and review, and administrative and management operations functions. He also led and managed planning and performance work for integrated program and mission support resources on all Marshall space shuttle propulsion projects.

From 2006 to 2008, Hicks was manager of the Performance and Capabilities Management Office in Marshall's Office of Strategic Analysis & Communications. He oversaw assessment and planning of resources, earned value management policy and process, management systems development, and program planning and control capability improvement. He also created and established new program analysis and evaluation functions directly supporting the center director and senior leadership.

He was chief operating officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center, or NSSTC, from 2004 to 2006. He represented the Marshall Center as senior manager for operations at the NSSTC, performing administrative and technical management functions to ensure an optimum base for science research collaboration between NASA, Alabama universities and other research institutes.

From 2000 to 2004, he was deputy manager of Marshall's Science Directorate Business Management Office. He directed the development of resources planning requirements to meet directorate objectives, and developed strategies to obtain resources. He managed a team of civil service and contractor employees in developing budgetary requirements, program operating plans, procurement planning and execution, and workforce planning for program direct and institutional support.

Hicks served as team leader of the Marshall Microgravity Research Program’s Research and Technology Office from 1999 to 2000, and was responsible for providing overall leadership and direction for multiple-center and multiple-science discipline program activities. From 1996 to 1999, he was Microgravity Research Program control manager, supervising 16 employees in support of the program.

He was chief of the Research & Development Programs Office in Marshall's Comptroller Office from 1995 to 1996, and directed the integration and consolidation of all Marshall program and projects plans, budgets and resources performance. From 1994 to 1995, he was program planning and control manager for Spacelab and Space Station Payloads and Mission Support functions.

From 1988 to 1994, Hicks was chief of the Requirements Analysis Division of Marshall's Comptroller Office. He established a new technical resources independent assessment capability within the office, and developed personnel and processes in the focus areas of performance measurement, metrics and formal independent reviews.

He was program planning and control lead for the Shuttle-C study team from 1987 to 1988. He developed work breakdown structures, schedules, resource requirements and cost estimates. He also developed solicitation and managed implementation of contracts to support the study objectives. From 1986 to 1987, he was deputy manager for a Strategic Defense Initiative cost-estimating contract for Applied Research Inc. of Huntsville.

Hicks began his NASA career in 1980 as a parametric cost estimator for Marshall's Engineering Cost Group. He analyzed historical data, developed and updated cost estimating relationships and cost models, and served as lead estimator on numerous planning and study projects -- notably serving as lead estimator for the International Space Station program.

He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1980 from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. He has earned numerous awards throughout his NASA career, including sustained superior performance awards; a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2000 for accomplishments in program control initiatives for Microgravity Research and Space Product Development programs; a NASA Exceptional Achievement

Medal in 1994 for outstanding performance on the Independent Assessment Team for the Space Station Freedom Program; and numerous group achievement awards.

Hicks and his wife, the former Janice Nelson of Decatur, Ala., have two daughters and reside in Madison, Ala.

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