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(Phone: 202/358-1898/1600)

July 28, 2004
RELEASE : 04-244
NASA Selects Dr. Dan Crippen for Safety Advisory Panel
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe has selected Dr. Dan Crippen to serve on NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP). He replaces Rear Admiral (Ret.) Walter Cantrell, who stepped down last month to join NASA as Deputy Chief Engineer for Independent Technical Authority.

"We needed someone with a strong reputation for objective and insightful analysis, and Dan's experience in both the public and private sectors makes him a tremendous asset to our safety advisory panel," said Administrator O'Keefe. "Dan's also a member of the Stafford-Covey Task Group, which will help provide continuity between the two safety panels as our Return to Flight efforts continue."

Until January, Crippen served as the fifth Director of the Congressional Budget Office. His public service positions also include Chief Counsel and Economic Policy Adviser to the Senate Majority Leader (1981-1985); Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (1987-1988); and Domestic Policy Advisor and Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (1988-1989), where he advised the President on all issues relating to domestic policy, including the preparation and presentation of the federal budget. He has provided service to several national commissions, including membership on the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement.

Crippen has substantial experience in the private sector as well. Before joining the Congressional Budget Office, he was a principal with Washington Counsel, a law and consulting firm. He has also served as Executive Director of the Merrill Lynch International Advisory Council and as a founding partner and Senior Vice President of The Duberstein Group.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota in 1974, a Master of Arts from Ohio State University in 1976, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Finance from Ohio State in 1981.

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel charter and member biographies are available on the Internet at:

Information about the Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group, including member biographies is available at:

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