From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2003
"Administrator Sean O'Keefe has designated the week of November 17-21 as NASA Safety and Mission Success (S&MS) Week.
The purpose of the week is to designate a period of time in which everyone (civil service and contractor employees) across the Agency can engage in a dialogue on the lessons to be learned from the CAIB Report. This is not meant to be a stand down week, instead discussions will be held as a part of regularly scheduled meetings (e.g. staff meetings).
Download CAIB Agency Wide Action Matrix (PDF)
"The Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) Report Recommendations, Observations, and Findings provided NASA with insight that is enabling us to produce a guide for moving forward, not only with the Return to Flight effort, but also in areas that impact other parts of the Agency.
In September 2003, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe chartered a NASA executive team, led by Mr. Al Diaz, Director, Goddard Space Flight Center, to address the broader implications of the CAIB Report and to identify those Recommendations, Observations, and Findings (R-O-F) from Volume I of the CAIB Report that apply beyond the Shuttle Program and across the Agency. Other members of the Team include: Dr. Ghassem Asrar, Associate Administrator for Earth Sciences, NASA Headquarters; Dr. Julian Earls, Director, Glenn Research Center; Mr. Scott Hubbard, Director, Ames Research Center; Mr. Jim Kennedy, Director, Kennedy Space Center; and Ms. Vicki Novak, Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, NASA Headquarters.
The Team conducted a comprehensive review of the CAIB Report R-O-Fs and identified a subset of those that have implications beyond the Shuttle Program. A determination was made for each R-O-F as to its NASA-wide applicability. If the item directly dealt with safety, management, organization, engineering, policy, or communication as an Agency issue, then it was deemed to have broad NASA applicability. In the judgment of the Diaz Team, when there was indirect item applicability, but known programs outside of human spaceflight in which the particular R-O-F could be applied, then that item was also deemed to have broad NASA applicability. Individual organizations may determine that additional R-O-Fs apply to them. This will be especially true for programs that conduct aircraft operations or support development of new aerospace vehicles (e.g., Orbital Space Plane). These organizations are encouraged to address the additional R-O-Fs in the same way that the Diaz Team, Return To Flight (RTF) Team and Continuing Flight Team (CFT) have done." (Source: CAIB Agency Wide Action Matrix)
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