Office of Policy and Plans (Code Z)
In the summer of 1997, Vice President Gore called together the heads of 32
Federal organizations which he had identified as high visibility
organizations - Federal organizations that the public recognizes, regularly
does business with, and/or relies on for services. The 32 organizations
(some agency-level, others bureau-level or below) included parts of the
Department of Commerce, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security
Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of
Education, the Department of Interior, and NASA. The Vice President
charged each of the 32 agency heads with developing a four-year reinvention
plan which focuses on delivering great customer service, fostering
partnerships and community solutions, and reinventing the agency to do more
NASA's Four-Year Reinvention Plan was developed from the NASA Strategic Plan.
The goals are ambitious and challenging, but NASA is committed to their
accomplishment. Annual progress reports will be made to the Vice President and posted on and posted on this site.
NASA FOUR-YEAR REINVENTION PLAN
NASA is an investment in America's future. As explorers, pioneers, and innovators, we boldly expand frontiers in air and space to inspire and serve America and to benefit the quality of life on Earth.
- To advance and communicate scientific knowledge
and understanding of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe
and use the environment of space for research.
- To explore, use, and enable the development of
space for human enterprise.
- To research, develop, verify, and transfer advanced
aeronautics, space, and related technologies.
I. DELIVER GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
- NASA will develop technologies to reduce the
cost-per-pound of carrying payloads into low-Earth orbit from
$10,000.00 per pound to $1,000.00 per pound.
- NASA's Earth Science (formerly Mission to Planet
Earth) Enterprise will launch the first Earth Observation System
Satellite in 1999, marking the first step in NASA's ability to
provide policy makers and other customers with forecast of global
climate change models. (Internet/World Wide Website: www.hq.nasa.gov/office/mtpe)
II. FOSTER PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS
- NASA will provide high-risk technology advances
to achieve safer, cleaner, quieter, and more affordable air travel
over the next ten years by partnering with industry and the Federal
Aviation Administration to:
- Reduce the aircraft accident rate by 80 percent;
- Reduce aircraft emissions by 66 percent;
- Reduce the perceived noise levels of future aircraft
by 50 percent; and
- Reduce the cost of air travel to the public by
- NASA, in cooperation with the Agency's international
partners, will begin assembly of the International Space Station
by June 1998, to be completed by November 2002.
- NASA will improve the external communities' knowledge,
understanding, and support of NASA programs by increasing the
number of Kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who participate
in the NEWEST/NEWMAST Educational Outreach programs by 33 percent
and by increasing the number of students effectively reached by
these programs by 20 percent (both over a FY 1996 baseline).
- NASA, through a new partnership with the private
sector, will realize savings of $1 Billion by the year 2000 by
transitioning all elements of Space Shuttle operations management
to a single contractor.
- NASA will expand its commercial partnerships
with U. S. industries to enable ambitious new technology development
which responds to the needs of NASA customers by increasing the
percent of NASA's R&D budget committed to NASA/industry partnerships
from approximately 5 percent in FY 1996 to approximately 20 percent
by the year 2000.
III. REINVENT TO GET THE JOB DONE WITH LESS
- NASA will reduce the costs of developing spacecraft
for Space Science and Earth Science (formerly Mission to Planet
Earth) programs from an average of $590 Million to $90 Million
by the year 2000, while: (1) reducing the average delivery time
from 8 years to 3 years; and (2) increasing the opportunities
for research, exploration, and discovery by increasing the number
of launches from 2 per year to 13 per year.
- NASA will provide incentives to improve contractor
performance and encourage contractor innovations while reducing
direct contract costs, as well as NASA costs associated with contract
oversight, by increasing the amount of funds obligated for Performance
Based Contracting (as a percent of funds available for PBC) from
58 percent in FY 1996 to 80 percent in FY 1998 and to 90 percent
in FY 2000.
- NASA will enable all employees to do their best
work by implementing by FY 2000 new systems for developing annual
employee performance plans which are aligned to the goals of NASA's
Strategic Plan and which include metrics to assess individual
contribution(s) to Agency, Enterprise, Functional Staff Office,
and/or Center achievements.
Updated March 31, 1998
For more information, please contact Judy Tenney,
NASA Office of Policy and Plans
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