Preliminary Work Plan

NASA will prepare a written summary of actions taken to respond tothe earlier SSB report, and this summary will be provided to allBoard members in advance of a meeting. The organization of the 1998SSB report and its recommendations will be used as a template fororganizing this study.

At the August 2000 meeting of the SSB executive committee membersof the executive committee plus the chairs of the Board's standingcommittees will be briefed by NASA, and the Board will have the opportunityto question NASA representatives about the response of the Officeof Space Science to the earlier report. At the same meeting the Boardalso will utilize comments provided in advance by members of therelevant SSB standing discipline oversight committees (Astronomyand Astrophysics, Planetary and Lunar Exploration, and Solar andSpace Physics) as additional input in developing a report.

A draft report will be prepared for review by the entire Board priorto going to external review. External reviewers will include somemembers of the authoring committee of the 1998 report. External reviewwill be completed in September 2000, and the results of this assessmentwill be presented in a short report to be delivered to NASA by theend of September 2000.

Earlier Work

“Supporting Research and Data Analysis in NASA's Science Programs” (SSB, 1998)

“On the draft strategic plan of the NASA Office of Space Science” (SSB, 2000)

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