Department of Defense (DOD)) that are facing similar workforce concerns. DOD has created several programs to develop systems engineers. There was no indication that NASA is working with DOD on these programs.
The committee also notes that one of the primary factors affecting management of the NASA workforce is the degree to which NASA conducts R&D work internally versus using a contractor. Administrator Griffin has stated his intention to perform more work in-house at NASA. This decision could have substantial impacts on the number and type of employees the agency will need.