AmericaSpace Note: This came from “Concerned for NASA” this morning.
Concerned for NASA expresses what many feel but are unable to voice lest they wish to be horizontally transferred, as has been the fate of some, NASA OIG conclusions notwithstanding.
Concerned for NASA also posted this letter on the Space.com forums.
Dear Administrator Bolden:
Your agency-wide message to all NASA employees on Wednesday, July 28 appeared, in part, to be a response to the first “Open Letter” sent to you on Tuesday, July 27, calling for you to remove your Deputy, Lori Garver.
Rather than “celebrating your first anniversary at NASA with Lori”, you should be moving swiftly to replace her with someone who can help you implement the plan Congress is in the process of providing you.
Yes, the NASA family, Government and Contractor alike, have achieved many successes this past year, but this is in spite of Ms. Garver, not because of her. The NASA family is hurting because of the ill-conceived plan developed by Ms. Garver, Jim Kohlenberger of OSTP, Paul Shawcross of OMB, and Beth Robinson, NASA’s CFO. Congress knows it, you know it, and it’s time to act.
To simply restate the main message of the first “Open Letter” to you, it’s time to reset relations with Congress and the best way to do this is a clean sweep of Ms. Garver and company and replace them with competent managers who will not embarrass you, the President, or Congress.
Concerned for NASA
Congressional Space Leadership
All NASA Center Directors
That NASA’s executive management has zero credibility with Congress is best exemplified by the votes of the Authorization and Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate that are strong rebukes of the President’s proposed changes to our nation’s human space flight program. It should be very sad day when the hopes of your policy being implemented rest on the lesser of two rebukes from Congress, indeed where the Obama space plan stands today, but the Administration does not seem to feel the sting. That can be the only conclusion when the Gang of Four remain within the Administration.