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    Federal Agency: "National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate: Exploration Systems Development Division"

    1 publication with a total of 1 open recommendation including 1 priority recommendation
    Director: Cristina Chaplain
    Phone: (202) 512-4841

    1 open recommendations
    including 1 priority recommendation
    Recommendation: Exploration Systems Development should no longer dual-hat individuals with both programmatic and technical authority responsibilities. Specifically, the technical authority structure within Exploration Systems Development should be restructured to ensure that technical authorities for the Offices of the Chief Engineer and Safety and Mission Assurance are not fettered with programmatic responsibilities that create an environment of competing interests that may impair their independence. (Recommendation 1)

    Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate: Exploration Systems Development Division
    Status: Open
    Priority recommendation

    Comments: NASA partially agreed with this recommendation. NASA stated that it created the technical authority governance structure after the Columbia Accident Investigation Board report and that the dual-hat technical authority structure has been understood and successfully implemented within Exploration Systems Development. NASA recognized, however, that as the program moves from the design and development phase into the integration and test phase, it anticipates that the Exploration Systems Development environment will encounter more technical issues that will, by necessity, need to be quickly evaluated and resolved. NASA has taken steps to separate the engineering technical authority position from the programmatic position. To fully implement this recommendation, NASA needs to separate the technical authority position from the programmatic position for safety within the Exploration Systems Development organization.