Since 1993, more than 1000 Hammer Awards have been presented to Federal employees, state and local employees, and citizens who are working to reinvent government.
"Hammer Time" will be a regular REGO feature showcasing Hammer Award winners who saved taxpayer money.
In this Issue, we are showcasing The Air Force/NASA Hammer Award-Winning team.
Air Force's Cape Canaveral Air Station and NASA's Kennedy
Space Center (KSC) in Florida have, historically, been two
adjacent -- but basically independent -- facilities.
Canaveral Air Station is the nation's primary location for launching
a wide variety of unmanned space vehicles. KSC
was formed in the early 1960's as the site for building
and launching Apollo/Saturn V - the program that landed
Americans on the moon over 30 years ago. It's now the
launch point for NASA's Space Shuttle.
Eighteen different contractors, often with duplicate
and overlapping responsibilities, carried out base operations
and support at these facilities.
1997, the Air Force and NASA joined forces to set up
a single set of base operations and support services
for KSC, Cape Canaveral, and Patrick Air Force Base,
home of the 45th Space Wing Command and headquarters
for all the Air Force's Atlantic launches.
a nutshell, the Air Force-NASA team merged Cape Canaveral
and Kennedy operations and other functions into a single
performance-based contract that profoundly changed the
way they do business.
Savings for American Taxpayers
team estimates that, by combining services, the Air Force and NASA will save
American taxpayers $557 million over ten
years - a 20% reduction in operating expenses at Cape
Canaveral, KSC, and Patrick Air Force Base.
unique partnership also slashes red tape and paperwork
while ensuring that KSC/Cape Canaveral remains
the world's premier gateway to space.
result: The Air Force/KSC team received a much deserved Hammer Award from the Vice
President for creating an efficient, streamlined
National SpacePort that is customer-oriented, uncomplicated,
modern, and economical. It promises to be a model for
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