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Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1898/4495)

April 13, 2004
RELEASE : 04-124
NASA Receives Praise For Presidential Management Success
NASA was recognized today by the Administration for achieving the highest standard in Strategic Management of Human Capital and Budget and Performance Integration.

Kay Coles James, Director, Office of Personnel Management and Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget, recognized NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe for his leadership of the effort.

NASA's Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, Vicki Novak and Comptroller Steven Isakowitz, and their teams, were also recognized for their efforts in support of the President's Management Agenda (PMA).

Administrator O'Keefe said, "This is a great achievement for NASA. The hard work, dedication and technical excellence of our human resources and budget teams resulted in significant improvement in critical management areas. The entire NASA family is proud of the teams being honored today.

"The President's Management Agenda is a starting point for management reform, and the guide to NASA's own reform in the way we do business, improving performance and in the way we meet our objectives.

"When one thinks of NASA, one thinks of landing on the moon, pictures of far-away galaxies, and robotic rovers searching for traces of life on Mars. We have also emphasized management reform as a necessary condition for accomplishing the next generation of scientific and space discoveries. Every manager and employee knows, he or she must not only be committed to the 'cool stuff' of NASA lore, but also to the management requirements for organizational competence and prudence."

NASA is the first federal agency to achieve a "green" PMA status score for achieving the highest standard in managing human capital resources and budget accounts. The PMA was created in response to the President's vision for a dynamic, 21st century government.

Standards of excellence were created for five key areas of government: human capital, competitive sourcing, financial management, E-government and improved financial performance. Ratings of red, yellow or green are assigned for each area. NASA continues to pursue the highest standard in the other three areas.

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