Climate change poses a threat to NASA because many of its launch facilities sit on coastlines, an Oct. 31 NASA report says. Rising sea levels and heavier rain due to climate change could affect the window NASA has to launch at its coastline facilities like Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Climate change could also put infrastructure at those sites in danger due to flooding, the report (pdf) says.
Only 59 percent of federal employees surveyed by the Office of Personnel Management said they were satisfied with their jobs, says OPM's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The global satisfaction index captured four aspects of employee contentment: their job, their pay, their organization and if they would recommend their organization as a good place to work.
NASA employees are the most engaged with their work among larger agencies and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency topped the category among small agencies, says the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. OPM measured employee engagement as "the employees' sense of purpose that is evident in their display of dedication, persistence and effort in their work or overall attachment to their organization and its mission."
Performance information's effect on federal managers' decision-making has remained largely unchanged in six years, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Between 2007 and 2013, the government's overall score for using such information went from 3.46 to 3.41, the Sept. 26 report (pdf) says. It's based on the latest performance information index, which GAO uses to monitor implementation of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 at.
While there are no major obstacles to NASA extending its International Space Station program to 2024, several smaller areas need to be addressed to make sure operations continue safely, a Sept. 18 NASA inspector general report says. NASA projects its annual budget for the ISS Program to grow from $3 billion in fiscal 2014 to nearly $4 billion by fiscal 2020, the report (pdf) says.
The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, lidar-- a remote, laser-based sensing system used to examine Earth's surface-- will be the first instrument to systematically examine the depths of the planet's forests from space. One goal of the tool is to get a better handle on forests' role in the carbon cycle.
Amid a White House report that outlined the negative economic consequences of delaying action that would stem climate change, NASA has announced a second public challenge to develop innovative applications using climate data.
More than 300 NASA professional support specialists voted Aug. 12 to join the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers union, an IFPTE statement says. Professional support specialists include budget analysts, secretaries, administrative specialists and policy analysts.
NASA selected 23 small business proposals to work on advanced technologies as a way to increase participation by such businesses and commercialize their research, according to an Aug. 8 statement by the space agency.
NASA and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation topped a list of agencies with the best leadership communication. The list comes from the Partnership for Public Service's analysis of the Office of Personnel Management's 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. PPS took into account questions in the survey about satisfied federal workers were with the communication coming from their senior managers.