Posts Tagged 'obama'

Loves me, loves me not ..

Two Mike Griffin petitions are making the rounds: one to keep him, the other to not. Presumably these will be forwarded to President-elect Barack Obama. Meanwhile, take the openLangley poll!

Langley at critical juncture

Former Langley employee Doug Dwoyer makes a call for action to position Langley in the future with a new administration coming in. Dwoyer’s call comes in an opinion piece that ran in Daily Press yesterday. View it here.

Our job as a community team is to make sure that the new administration recognizes these challenges, and recognizes that NASA and in particular NASA Langley can be major contributors to meeting the challenges. We only have a brief window to set the stage. Six months to a year from now, NASA’s direction within the Obama administration will be defined.

Dwoyer is a former associate director for center operations at Langley and currently is project director for the Hampton Roads Research Partnership and a member of the NASA Aeronautics Support Team.

Can we agree?

http://blog.plasticproductsmfg.com/images/groupthink.jpgWe’re all familiar with the term “groupthink.” How does that dynamic play at Langley? Do we let it happen too much? Is groupthink ever good? Do we strike the right balance … or not?

I ask because the President-elect decried groupthink in these comments at a December 1 press conference in Chicago, when he introduced his national security cabinet members:

“I assembled this team because I’m a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that’s how the best decisions are made. One of the dangers in a White House, based on my reading of history, is that you get wrapped up in groupthink and everybody agrees with everything and there’s no discussion and there are no dissenting views. So I am going to be welcoming a vigorous debate inside the White House.”

Bloggers and other commentators have said much on those remarks. Continue reading ‘Can we agree?’

Aerospace industry launches outreach campaign

Aerospace Industries AssociationThe Aerospace Industries Association has begun a campaign to show how the industry contributes to the economy.

The initiative, aimed at the incoming administration and Congress, will encourage leaders to consider the industry as an economic driver that will help our nation overcome our current financial challenges.

Go here for more.

Administration team leads

The Obama-Biden Transition Team today announced a broad list of Agency Review Team leads that will complete a thorough review of key departments, agencies and commissions of the United States government, as well as the White House, to provide the President-elect, Vice President-elect, and key advisors with information needed to make strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions prior to the inauguration. See Science, Tech, Space and Arts Team leads > Continue reading ‘Administration team leads’

Do you feel rudderless? (or not?)

Today’s Washington Post has a front-page article headlined “Widespread Complaints About a Rudderless Government.” Here’s the first paragraph:

When President Obama takes over in January as manager-in-chief of nearly 2 million federal employees, he will need a plan to reinvigorate a frustrated and demoralized workforce, career employees warn.

Do you feel rudderless? (or not?)

“Obama Plans Could Shake Up Federal Workforce”

Headline in the Washington Post. Read it here.

Obama on science & innovation

This document is circulating around the agency. Here are the five main points:


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