Goddard Space Flight Center's implementation of NASA's Strategies for the 21st Century contains a number of goals to be achieved, one of which describes the need "to maintain and upgrade Goddard's core infrastructure. . ., with objectives to define facility requirements and to reduce the Center's overall infrastructure costs. . ." During the past year the NSSDC along with other parts of the Space Science Data Operations Office (SSDOO) was part of the center's Housing Implementation Plan to "backfill" space made available by moves of the Earth Observing System (EOS)-related people and facilities into the new EOS Distributed Information System (EOSDIS) building on the Goddard East Campus. The campaign involved 11 buildings, 33 moves, and nine months to complete. The timing for staff relocations was based on reorganizations, lease terminations, and contractual considerations, among other things.
The NSSDC/SSDOO moves were accomplished in two phases: 1) relocation within center facilities (Buildings 26 and 28) and 2) relocation from off site to on site for several of the contractor support personnel. Phase 2 had to be split because of inadequate space availability at the time of the first move. However, this relocation was completed in January 1997, and now all NSSDC and other SSDOO government and contractor staffers, about 150 in all, are, for the first time since 1986, again fully located on the Goddard campus.
Erin D. Gardner, email@example.com, (301) 286-0163
Hughes STX, Code 633, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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