Status Report

NASA Advisory Committee Notice of Establishment: Return to Flight Task Group

By SpaceRef Editor
June 19, 2003
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[Federal Register: June 19, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 118)]
[Page 36857-36858]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []


[Notice (03071)]

NASA Advisory Committee; Notice of Establishment

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration has determined that the establishment of a Return to
Flight Task Group is necessary and in the public interest in connection
with the performance of duties imposed upon NASA by law. This
determination follows consultation with the Committee Management
Secretariat, General Services Administration.

Name of Committee: Return to Flight Task Group.

Purpose and Objective: The Task Group will perform an independent
assessment of NASA’s actions to implement the recommendations of the
Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), as they relate to the
safety and operational readiness of STS-114. While the Task Group will
not attempt to assess the adequacy of the CAIB recommendations, it will
report on the progress of NASA’s response to meet their intent. The
Task Group will draw on the expertise of its members and other sources
to provide its assessment to the Administrator. The Task Group will
hold meetings and make site visits as necessary to accomplish their
fact-finding. The Task Group will be provided information necessary to
perform its advisory functions, including activities of both the Agency
and its contractors. The Task Group will function solely as an advisory body and will comply fully with the
provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Balanced Membership Plans: The Task Group will consist of non-NASA
employees and one NASA non-voting, ex-officio member, the Deputy
Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance. In addition,
there may be associate members selected for Task Group Panels. The Task
Group may also request appointment of consultants to support specific
tasks. Members of the Task Group and Panels will be chosen from among
industry, academia, and government with recognized knowledge and
expertise in fields relevant to safety and space flight. Total
membership will reflect a balanced view.

Duration: Continuing.

Responsible NASA Official: Dr. Michael A. Greenfield, Associate
Deputy Administrator for Technical Programs, National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, 300 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20546,
telephone 202/358-1820.

June W. Edwards,
Advisory Committee Management Officer, National Aeronautics and Space
[FR Doc. 03-15509 Filed 6-18-03; 8:45 am]


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