1. Organizes the NASA workforce, delegating authority, and determining Agency priorities in accomplishing its mission, activities, or goals.

The Administrator is supported, not only by the Program and Institutional Associate Administrators and their staffs, but by a number of senior officials in the Office of the Administrator and by Officials-in-Charge of staff offices. In the Office of the Administrator, the Chief Scientist is responsible for providing the principal interface between NASA and the national and international science community to ensure that NASA programs are universally regarded as scientifically and technologically well-founded and are appropriate for their intended applications.

Two Officials-in-Charge of staff offices particularly closely involved with the science program are the Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller and the Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans. The former is the Administrator's principal advisor on financial and budgetary matters and plays a major role in the budget decision process. Specifically, the Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller:

  1. Provides for the overview and financial management of Agency resources relating to programs and operations, including all resources aspects of the planning, programming, and budgeting process.

  2. Reviews, assesses, and validates Agency resources requirements, including recommendations to the Administrator for fiscal resources approvals and authorizations.

  3. Performs economic and cost analyses for Agency assessments of program alternatives.

  4. Develops and maintains an integrated Agency budgeting, accounting, and financial management system, including financial reporting and financial management internal controls.

  5. Monitors the financial execution of the Agency budget in relation to actual expenditures, and prepares and submits to the Administrator timely performance reports.

Finally, the Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans is the Administrator's senior advisor on policy and strategic planning and is responsible for providing executive leadership for Agency-level policy and strategic-planning activities. Specifically, that official:

  1. Directs, conducts, and coordinates analyses and activities to identify Agency policy needs; investigates alternative policy strategies; and develops compelling rationales for Agency-level programs and plans. Ensures coherence and consistency in the formulation, integration, and dissemination of Agency-level policy and plans.

  2. Evaluates, facilitates, and assures implementation and compliance of cross-cutting Administration, congressional, and Agency-level policies and directives.

  3. Organizes and leads the strategic-management process, including the annual update of the Agency's Strategic Plan.

  4. Serves as the focal point for NASA interactions with Executive branch interagency forums, advisory committees, commissions, and other external and internal committees and groups. Facilitates and supports the activities of the NASA Advisory Council.

  5. Facilitates NASA participation in interagency forums and communicates guidance and direction from the Administrator for such participation.



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