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Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)
June 30, 2004
RELEASE : 04-251
NASA Responds to President's Commission Report With Request for Information
In response to the final report of the President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, NASA has issued a formal Request for Information, otherwise known as an RFI, to examine alternative management options for agency field centers.

Recommendation 3-3 of the Commission's report asks NASA to consider reconfiguring its government field centers into Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). Typically, an FFRDC is managed under a long-term federal contract by a university, a non-profit or a for-profit organization selected through open competition.

"We've issued the RFI as a way to gather suggestions and insight to help us better position NASA to fulfill the Vision for Space Exploration," said James L. Jennings, NASA deputy associate administrator for Institutions and Management and head of an internal agency team working to assess the concept of alternative management solutions. "We're open to any ideas and suggestions that enable innovation and flexibility in our operations."

The President's Commission issued its report in June and offered recommendations and findings on how NASA can best meet the Vision for Space Exploration outlined by President Bush in a historic address at NASA Headquarters earlier this year.

"This is an opportunity for us to take a step back and examine the way we do business," added Jennings. "We're encouraging input from academia, industry and other government agencies, and we believe we'll be able to identify a clear path to help us successfully meet our new exploration objectives."

Questions concerning the RFI may be submitted by email no later than 5 p.m. EDT August 12 to Responses to the questions will be posted no later than August 19, 2004. Responses to the RFI may lead to a decision to compete study contracts or other follow-on work.

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+ Options to Transform Centers in Acrobat PDF (12 Kb)

+ August 5, 2004 -- Modified Request for Information in Acrobat PDF (18 Kb)

+ July 30, 2004 -- Original Request for Information in Acrobat PDF (25 Kb)


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