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NASA HQ Men’s Basketball Team
Sign Up By: December 20, 2013
Contact: Mike Chatman, 358-0085
The NASA “Rockets” men’s basketball team is looking for players to participate in the DC Parks and Recreation Winter Basketball League. Registration ends December 20. League play begins January 4, 2014. Games will be played at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, N.W. on Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The cost to play in the 10 game schedule and championship play-offs is approximately $40-$50. Sponsored by the HQ Exchange Council.

NASA Exchange Store Closed During Renovation
Dates: December 28, 2013 – January 2014
Contact: Donna Woods, 358-2556 or Lori Parker, 358-1351
The NASA Exchange Store will close for renovations on December 27 at 4 p.m. and will re-open the end of January 2014.

Vote for the 2013 SAVE Award Winner
Voting Deadline: December 20, 12 noon
Location: President's SAVE Award Web Site
Contact: Lauren Worley, 358-1288
NASA employees are encouraged to vote for this year's SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) winner at http://www.whitehouse.gov/save-award. Voting is open to civil service employees, contractors and the general public. You can choose from the four top resource-saving ideas featured. Voting concludes at 12 noon, Friday, December 20. Created in 2009, the President's SAVE Award engages federal workers to help improve government performance and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. For more information about the SAVE Award, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/16/2013-save-award-final-four.

NASA HQ Men's Basketball Team – Sign Up
Deadline: December 20
Contact: Mike Chatman, 358-0085
The NASA "Rockets" men's basketball team is looking for players to participate in the DC Parks and Recreation Winter Basketball League. Registration ends December 20. League play begins January 4, 2014. Games will be played at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, N.W. on Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The cost to play in the 10 game schedule and championship play-offs is approximately $40-$50. Sponsored by the HQ Exchange Council.

New NASA History Book Available
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
The new NASA History book, "NASA's First A: Aeronautics from 1958 to 2008," by Robert G. Ferguson, (NASA SP-2012-4412) is available. Printed copies for employees are available free from the NASA HQ History Office, located in Room 2J26. This book is also available for free download in electronic format at: http://go.usa.gov/WwXJ.

2013 Flu Shots for Civil Service and Contractor Employees
Date/Time: November 12 – December 19,
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. (only)
Location: Health Unit
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
While vaccines last, 2013 flu shots are now available to all NASA HQ civil service and contractor employees. No appointment is necessary. For flu information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

2013-2014 EPCS Midpoint Progress Reviews Due
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Contact: Inez Hunter, 358-0658
Beginning November 6, 2013, the Standard Performance Appraisal Communication Environment (SPACE) will be available to record Employee Performance Communication System (EPCS) midpoint reviews through December 31, 2013. Midpoint reviews are required for employees who are covered by the EPCS, i.e., all non-SES, non-Senior Scientific and Technical (ST) and Senior Level (SL) employees and NASA excepted employees (NEX). Additionally, this is an opportunity to confirm all initial performance plans have been communicated and completed in SPACE.

Order CFC Holiday-grams
Order Dates/Time: December 9-13, 10 a.m. - noon
Order Location: Room 8F22 - Office of the CFO Commons
Delivery Dates: December 16-23
Contact: Kia Burnett, 358-2008
Show your coworkers, employees, and supervisors how much they are appreciated this holiday season. Order your Holiday-gram (a helium-filled mylar (foil) balloon with ribbon, attached to candy and note card of your choice. Holiday-grams will be delivered (within NASA HQ only), December 16-23. Donations for Holiday-grams: $4 with 1 balloon; $6 with 2 balloons. All donations benefit the Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Holiday Open House - Headquarters Operations
Date/Time: December 11, 1:30 -3 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Michael Cummins, 358-2979
Take some time and stop by the Headquarters Operations Holiday Open House. There will be desserts, music, and drinks. This event is open to all NASA HQ employees.

Toys for Tots Drive – Deadline Extended
Deadline Extended: December 13
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Deb Randall, 358-1173
Sponsored by the HQ Exchange Council. Make a child's holiday brighter by giving a new, unwrapped, unopened toy to the Toys for Tots drive. Donation boxes are located in both the East and West lobbies. For details, visit Toys for TotsThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

“Climate Change and Human Health: Any Hope for Policy?”
Date/Time: December 16, 11:30 a.m.
Location: Room 3H46-A
Contact: Christine Lee, 358-1046
Philip Alcabes will discuss why it is so difficult to develop firm policy recommendations for protecting the public's health in the face of environmental change. The talk covers the interactions between climate and health, nature of climate policy in relation to predicted changes in the environment, and problems of studying human health in relation to climate and climate change.

EAP Session: Ups and Downs of the Holiday Season
Date/Time: December 12, 10-11 a.m.
Location: HRMD Conference Room (4A29)
Contact: Jody Williams, 358-3706
During the holidays, expectations about the “way it should be” and reality often collide. During this seminar, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor Wendy Davis will explore ways employees can cope with the pressures of the holiday season, and offer strategies to reduce stress. This seminar is open to all employees. For dial-in information, contact Jody Williams.

IT Labs FY 2014 Project Call
Deadline: December 12,
Contact: Brady Decker, 202-358-2520
The Chief Technology Officer for IT in the OCIO is sponsoring the annual IT Labs Project Call. IT Labs supports project ideas from NASA's own internal talent and develops these ideas into Agency services. Submit your idea and be NASA's next IT Hero. Applications must identify a Civil Servant as the project lead; project teammates can include contractors and partnerships outside of NASA. The FY 2014 Project Call will run from November 4 – December 12. Question and answer sessions are scheduled before the deadline. To learn more, visit the NASA IT Labs Web page. Follow IT Labs activities on the IT Labs Blog.

Register for Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays,
October 22 – December 12, 1 p.m.
Location: Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room)
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees are: $150 for the entire session, $80 for half of the session. Drop-ins are permitted at $15 per class. All employees are invited to register. Registration checks or money orders are payable to Yoga Fusion Studio, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center.

Home Computer Security Brown Bag Session
Date/Time: December 5, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Registration Deadline: December 4; SATERN (Search term: HCS)
Location: MIC 7-A
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Explore security settings for home equipment, learn how to browse safely and securely, and keep your computer up to date and secure. Learn how to avoid the “10 Mistakes Hackers Love” and learn how to create an exceptional password.

EAP/HRMD Open House
Date/Time: December 5, 9-11 a.m.
Location: HRMD Conference Room (4A29)
Contact: Jody Williams, 358-3706
Come visit the Human Resources Management Division (HRMD) and learn how to “survive and celebrate” the holiday season and reduce stress. There will be door prizes, food, and drinks. This is an HRMD Open House for the holidays that is open to all employees.

Quarterly NASA History Lecture
Date/Time: December 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 3W42
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Robert Ferguson, historian of technology and long-time student of American aviation history, will discuss his new NASA History book, “NASA’s First A: Aeronautics from 1958–2008” (SP-2013-4412). If you are interested in attending, please contact Nadine Andreassen.

Exchange Council Holiday Social
Date/Time: December 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566 and
Angela Herring, 358- 1698
The Exchange Council invites you to partake in some holiday cheer at the annual Exchange Council Holiday Social. Come celebrate the holiday season with co-workers and friends while enjoying light Hors d' Oeuvres

Exchange Council Toys for Tots Drive
Deadline: December 5
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Deb Randall, 358-1173
Make a child's holiday brighter by giving a new, unwrapped, unopened toy to the Toys for Tots drive. Donation boxes are located in both the East and West lobbies. For details, visit Toys for Tots.

"Boosting Personal Productivity and Workflow"
Date/Time: December 4, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: MIC 6
Register: SATERN or contact Terri Mitchell, 358-2077
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
Utilizing Microsoft Outlook and the McGhee Methodology, participants will develop a proven system to process the constant stream of incoming communications and interruptions to create a more effective way to deal with all of it in a more relaxed and focused manner. Attend this session to learn a three-phase workflow method, immediately apply these concepts to your current work at hand, and set up your own desktop system for immediate results.

Supervisory Training: Mid-Point Progress Review Workshop
Date/Time: November 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Register: SATERN
Location: Room 9H40
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
Supervisors play a critical role in supporting and recognizing employee performance. This session helps supervisors prepare for Mid-point Progress Reviews. Register in SATERN or contact Terri Mitchell on 358-2077.

Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) Newsletter
Contact: Enterprise Service Desk, 358-HELP (4357)
The latest ESD newsletter is now available online and includes performance metrics, response information following the government shutdown, and highlights of the next ESD release. In addition, there is a story about the ESD's second anniversary, which was November 1.

Postal Convenience Center in HQ Building CLOSING
Date: Effective November 20, 2013
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
The Postmaster for Washington, D.C. has independently decided to shut down the Postal Convenience Center off the West Lobby (by the NASA Federal Credit Union) for efficiency in operations, effective Nov. 20. The last day of service will be November 20. Postal services are available at the full service Post Office in the Ford House Office Building, 441 2nd St., S.W. Enter on 2nd Street; the 3rd Street entrance (across from the Federal Center Metro station) is closed.

FY 2012 Applied Sciences Annual Report Available
Contact: Kathy Carroll, 358-7200
In response to the demand for practical, near-term examples of the use of NASA Earth science data by government, international organizations and the global business community, the Applied Sciences Program of the Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, has published its 2012 Annual Report in both soft and hard copies. To view the online version, visit: http://appliedsciences.nasa.gov and click on the report. For a hard copy of the report, call or email Kathy Carroll.

HQ Mail Center (USPS Express Mail, FEDEX, UPS)
Contact: Rebecca Bythewood, 358-1253
Customers are requested to return all blank air bills (i.e., For FedEx and UPS) to the NASA HQ Mail Center (Room 1M40), as there have been changes to procedures for using these services. You must bring Outgoing Express Mail and packages to the NASA HQ Mail Center no later than 2:30 p.m. for processing and same day shipping service. The sender must complete NHQ Form 241, "Request for Special Mail Services," and provide a justification for required express service. Packages will not be sent without a NHQ Form 241 properly filled out and received by the Mail Center staff. The NHQ form 241 is available at: http://itcd.hq.nasa.gov/eforms.html.

CFC: You Make It Possible by Sharing your Story
Contact: Karen Northon, 358-1540
Compelling stories compel action. People are drawn to charities that speak to what is important to them, each with their own story. The NASA TV team would like to capture your story on video to share with your colleagues and inspire the kind of generosity and compassion that compel you to give to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). What are you passionate about? If you would like to share your story, please contact Karen Northon to schedule your video shoot. To view some sample videos, go to: http://cfcnca.org/sharedstories.

National American Indian and Alaska Native
Heritage Month Program

Date/Time: November 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Great Hall, Hubert H. Humphrey Building,
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Contact: Equal Opportunity and
Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
All Headquarters employees are invited to attend a program in observance of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The 2013 national observance theme is "Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition; Leading the Way to Healthier Nations." This program will feature keynote speaker Kevin Shendo, Director of Education, Pueblo of Jemez, and a traditional cultural exhibition.

First Floor Renovation Begins
Date: November 21, 2013 – February 26, 2014
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
Renovation of the 1st floor will begin Thursday, November 21. Work in the East and West lobbies will occur after hours allowing employee access during normal business hours. Temporary service locations are as follows: Mail Room – 1O41 (Shipping and Receiving), Parking and Fare Subsidy - 2R86; Passports – 2S80. The NASA Federal Credit Union will remain open throughout the construction period. The Exchange Store will remain open until January 2, 2014 and will be closed January 3 - 29. The HQ auditorium and Glennan Conference Rooms will remain closed until construction has been completed. The first floor renovation is scheduled to be completed on February 26, 2014.

CFC Bake Sale, Silent Auction, & Charity Fair
Date/Time: November 20, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Christie Ashley, 202-358-0121
Join your NASA colleagues for the main event of the CFC season! Enjoy fresh baked goods, a chance to bid on great items at the silent auction, and mingle with representatives from area charities. BAKERS - if you would like to donate your time and talent to help raise money for this great cause by baking goods for the sale, contact Christie Ashley at 202-358-0121. For more information on the CFC campaign, visit the NASA HQ 2013 CFC Web site.

Annual BASO Customer Satisfaction Survey
Deadline: November 22
Contact: BASO Support Center, 358-4367
The BASO's Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey is available until Friday, November 22. Please take a moment to provide valuable feedback on the overall satisfaction level of your customer experience and the services provided. Your input is appreciated. To access the survey, please visit: http://baso.hq.nasa.gov

HQ Library Book Donations
Contact: Rick Spencer, 358-0172
If you are getting ready to move and/or have books to donate, contact the HQ library in Room 2K70 at 358-0168 to schedule a desk-side review of your valuable resources! Books, DVDs, and publicly accessible reports are now being accepted.

2013 Flu Shots for Civil Servants
Date/Time: Tues. and Thurs., November 5-26, 1-3 p.m. only
Location: Health Unit
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
2013 flu shots are still available to all NASA HQ civil service employees. No appointment is necessary. For information regarding the flu, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

Annual Ethics Training
Deadline Extended: November 15, 2013
Training Schedule: See Ethics Training Web page
Contact: Ethics Team, 358-2465
Anyone who files a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required to take ethics training every year. The 2013 Ethics Training should be completed by October 31, 2013. Details including the 2013 training schedule, and information on Web-based ethics training in SATERN is now available on the Ethics Training Web page.

NASA Prepared Lunch and Learn Series Event
Date/Time: November 19, noon
Location: Executive Conference Center (8Q40)
Contact: Matt Runyon, 358-0926
Meteorologist Justin Berk, founder of Just In Weather, and former Baltimore news weatherperson, will discuss winter weather preparedness for commuters and travelers. All HQ personnel are invited to attend and bring their lunch.

View MAVEN Launch Coverage in HQ Auditorium
Date/Time: November 18, no earlier than 1:28 p.m.
NASA TV Coverage: Begins at 11 a.m. EST
Location: Auditorium opens at 12:30 p.m.
Contact: J.D. Harrington, 358-5241
NASA's next launch to Mars, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, will launch no earlier than 1:28 p.m. EST on November 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41. HQ employees and the public are invited to the HQ auditorium to view launch coverage and a presentation by Dr. James Garvin, GSFC chief scientist. Dr. Garvin will speak on Mars and the MAVEN mission and take questions.  Launch day coverage on NASA TV begins at 11 a.m. EST.

Exchange Council Pecan/Specialty Nut Sale
Date/Time: November 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Darwina Marks 358-0989
Purchase bags of pistachios, walnuts, cashews, almonds, peanuts and fresh pecans (plain, roasted, chocolate, pralines). Prices: pecan halves, pieces and other specialty nuts, $10; roasted and raw peanuts, $4. Save 5 percent on cases (24 bags).

HEOMD Knowledge Sharing Forum
Date/Time: November 13, 9:30-10:45 a.m. EST
Location: HQ Auditorium
Dial-In: Number: 1-888-566-5128; Passcode: 8094863
WebEx: Meeting Link; Meeting Number: 997 675 629; Password: Cargo13#
Contact: David Lengyel, 358-0391
Please join Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program Manager Alan Lindenmoyer and Project Executives Mick Horkachuk and Bruce Manners as they discuss lessons learned from their interfaces with SpaceX and Orbital Sciences and how the COTS model for public-private partnerships worked.

Your Federal Insurance Benefits –
Information Session Date/Time: November 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: Room 1G60 – Glennan Assembly Room
Contact: Nathaniel Williams, 358-2048
We are approaching that time of year again. "Your Federal Insurance Benefits" will touch on all five insurance benefits programs including your health insurance, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, and the benefits of flexible spending accounts before Open Season, with an extended discussion of FSAFEDS. We look forward to seeing you there!

GSFC Music and Drama Club Fall Show
Dates: October 25 - November 23 2013
Times: Room 2E39
Contact: Friday/Saturday evenings; Sunday matinees
Ticket Sales: Begin September 1
Location: Barney & Bea Recreation Center, GSFC
Goddard's Music and Drama Club (MAD) presents Sondheim and Lapine's "Into the Woods." Dinner tickets include buffet and beverages, including wine and beer. Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 1. Opening weekend tickets discounted. For details and tickets, visit the MAD Theatre Web Site.

Volunteer to Mentor a Local High School Student
Contact: Diane Clayton, 358-1582
Deadline: October 30
NASA is participating in the DC Public Schools Competitive Employment Opportunities (CEO) program. CEO connects high school age students with disabilities to professional mentors. Mentors guide students through a series of career exploration activities and expose them to the world of competitive employment via email and regular face-to-face sessions between January and July 2014. Contact Diane Clayton by Wednesday, October 30, if you are interested in volunteering. Learn more about CEO at: http://dcpsceo.com.

Headquarters Honor Award Ceremony
Date/Time: November 5, 1:30 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444
All Headquarters employees are invited to attend the Headquarters Honor Awards ceremony. The awards recognize employees who have made significant contributions to the HQ community.

Home Computer Security Brown Bag Session
Date/Time: November 5, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Registration: SATERN (Search "hcs")
Registration Deadline: November 4
Location: MIC 3-A
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Explore security settings for home equipment, learn how to browse safely and securely, and keep your computer up to date and secure.

HQ CFC Charity Fair
Date/Time: October 31, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Karen Northon, 358-1540
Join your co-workers and Administrator Bolden at the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Charity Fair. Visit with vendors and learn more about how you can make a difference.

Patch Tuesday Schedule Changes
Date: By November 1, 2013
ACES-managed computers receive electronic patches to proactively protect NASA's IT environment and keep software up to date. To minimize disruption during working hours, the standard patch window is moving from Tuesday morning to Tuesday night. To take advantage of Tuesday night patching, computers must be powered on, logged off and connected to the NASA network. All computers are expected to be moved to the new patching schedule by November 1.

2013 Flu Shots Available
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 22-31,
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: HQ Health Unit
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
Flu shots are available to NASA HQ civil service employees on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 22-31. If supplies permit, flu shots will be made available to NASA HQ contractors. No appointment necessary. For information regarding the flu, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

Exchange Council Halloween Trick or Treat Social
Date/Time: October 31, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Tekla Colón, 358-2583
The Exchange Council invites you to celebrate Halloween at a trick or treat social. Come by the west Lobby to pick up a candy bar treat!

Federal Executive Institute's (FEI) "Leadership for a Democratic Program"
Deadline Extended: November 1
Contact: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433
The 2014 call for nominations to participate in the NASA Headquarters leadership offering of the Federal Executive Institute's (FEI) "Leadership for a Democratic Program" was issued on September 4, 2013. The nomination call is still active; however, the deadline for submitting applications has been extended to November 1. This program call targets NASA HQ civil servants at the SES or GS-15 grade level. For more information, contact Kim Haney-Brown or visit the HQ Training Web page.

2012-2013 IT Labs Annual Report
Contact: Brady Decker, 358-2520
The FY 2012-2013 IT Labs Annual Report is now available. In April 2013, Administrator Charlie Bolden sent an Agency-wide message asking the NASA community to think about how we can adapt and prepare for the challenges of budget austerity. IT Labs was created to solicit proposals NASA-wide for innovative, affordable Enterprise IT solutions that accelerate technical advancement, offering efficiencies and improved productivity. IT Labs supports phased research and development with concrete deliverables. This report describes the methodology used by the IT Labs Project Team, presents their work from this past year, and analyzes how well they met the challenges set by Administrator Charlie Bolden. For details, visit http://inside.nasa.gov/ocio/content/fy-2012-2013-it-labs-annual-report-is-now-available.

Smartcard-Only Login at NASA HQ
Contact: Marion Meissner, 358-0585
To comply with Federal mandates, NASA is in the process of adopting the requirement of using your NASA smartcard (NASA badge) as the sole method of logging into NASA-issued computers. Once enabled, you will only be able to access your computer with your smartcard and smartcard PIN. Windows 7 computers will be migrated first; HQ users can expect an IT notice with instructions prior to being converted. To prepare for this requirement, practice logging in with your smartcard and ensure you know your smartcard PIN. For details and instructions, visit the Smartcard Early Adoption Program Web page.

NESC/NEN Webcast
Date/Time: October 23, 1 - 3 p.m. EDT
Registration: NEN Web site
Contact: Hope Venus, 757-864-9530
The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) and NASA Engineering Network (NEN) webcast "Qualifying Flight Hardware to Shock Environments" will be presented by Dr. Ali Kolaini of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Register on the NEN Web site (click the "Sign in to Register" button). Registration is not available outside of the NASA firewall.

Annual Ethics Training
Deadline: October 31, 2013 Training Schedule: See Ethics Training Web page
Contact: Ethics Team, 358-2465
Anyone who files a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required to take ethics training every year. The 2013 Ethics Training should be completed by October 31, 2013. Details including the 2013 training schedule, and information on Web-based ethics training in SATERN is now available on the Ethics Training Web page.

NASA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Message RE: Navy Yard Shooting Contact: Ebony Stepney, 358-1154
In the days to come, images and stories about the shooting at the Navy Yard will dominate the media. If you or a loved one is feeling traumatized or vulnerable, remember that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help. Articles are available to help provide information about common responses to traumatic events. Visit the HQ EAP Web site. The EAP team is available to NASA civil service employees and their families 24 hours a day at 1-800-222-0364, 1-888-262-7848 (TTY) or http://www.FOH4You.com. The EAP team cares, just call.

"Past, Present, and Future of Human Space Flight"
Date: October 3, 2013
Location: Yard of the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
The U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy will co-host this daylong conference which covers human space flight from the 1960s through Apollo, the space shuttle, and the International Space Station. Participants include Administrator Charlie Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, and current and former astronauts. Former astronaut Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford USAF (Ret.) will give the morning keynote speech. The conference is free for military and government. For details and to register, visit: http://www.usnihistoryconference.org.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation: Malicious Code
Date/Time: September 26, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Room MIC-7B and via WebEx
Contact: HITSS Customer Support, 358-0650
NASA's IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) is offering training on malicious code – part of software that can cause undesired effects, security breaches, damage to a system or to gain access to confidential company or customer information. Learn about this threat and how to respond if your system is affected. This training counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit (you must register to receive credit). Register in SATERN to attend and receive your CPE credit. If you are attending in person, arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in. If attending by WebEx, information will be e-mailed to participants.

2013 NASA Virtual PM Challenge
Date/Time:September 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT
Location: Via Webcast
Contact: Neal Zapp, 281-483-2244
This final session entitled "Cutting More Than Metal: How New Technology and Flexible Engineering Can Enable Affordable Space Missions" features Erin Betts and Stan Rhodes of Marshall Space Flight Center. For details, to RSVP visit: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/pmchallenge/index.html

Reasonable Accommodations Brown Bag
Date/Time: September 26, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: Room 2V76
RSVP: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
Join the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division for a brown bag session on Reasonable Accommodations, which includes an overview of the NASA HQ process for providing accommodations to persons with disabilities and updates to the legal requirements. Seating is limited.

NASA Educational Outreach at Amidon Elementary School
Date/Time: September 25, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Glennan Conference Room 1Q39
Contact: Diane Clayton, 358-1582
All HQ personnel are invited to attend this meeting to learn about how you can become involved with sharing NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) activity with students at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School. For details, visit NASA’s BEST Program Web page.

Retrieving Old Voice Mail From legacy Server
Deadline: September 30, 2013
Contact: Richard Arnold
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, HQ IT Operations replaced the Unity Connection Server (UCS), which stores and manages voice mail messages for Headquarters users. Messages previously stored in your old voice mailbox will be accessible on the legacy server until September 30, 2013. You may access these messages by following the instructions on the Voice Mail Upgrade Project Web page: http://itcd.hq.nasa.gov/voice-mail-upgrade.html#instructions. After September 30, these messages will no longer be accessible.

Register for Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays,
August 20 – October 10, 1 p.m.
Location: Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room)
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees for the next session are: $160 for the entire session of classes; $80 for half of the session. Drop-ins are permitted at $15 per class. All employees are invited to register for these classes. Registration checks or money orders are payable to Hot Yoga USA, LLC, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center.

HQ Library and Information Center Moves to Temporary Location
Date: August 21, 2013 – Spring 2014
Contact: Rick Spencer, 358-0168
Due to office renovations, the HQ Library and Information Center has been temporarily relocated to Room 2K70. We will into new permanent offices in the spring of 2014.

2013 NASA Orbital Debris Workshop
Date/Time: September 18, 10:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 1201 Eye Street – Room 365A or via Adobe Connect
Contact: Sue Aleman, 358-1745
This NASA Orbital Debris workshop provides an opportunity for the Agency's Orbital Debris (OD) community to share knowledge, challenges, and solutions regarding OD mitigation. NASA civil servants and contractors (i.e., OD analysts, Safety and Mission Assurance, project managers, systems engineers, design engineers, etc.) from NASA HQ and the Centers are invited to participate. Presentations at this OD Workshop include "2013 U.S. Orbital Debris Overview to UN" by Nick Johnson, Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) Chief Scientist; "ORDEM 3.0" by Gene Stansbery, ODPO Program Manager; and case studies from the NASA Centers. The workshop will also be conducted virtually via Adobe Connect. HQ personnel are invited to participate in person or virtually. For details, see the 2013 Orbital Debris Workshop Web page (accessible to NASA only).

New Security Requirements for NASA-Issued and Personal Mobile Devices
Date: Beginning September 10, 2013
Contact: Linda Hong
On September 10, 2013, the Agency will begin applying new security policies to all NOMAD mailboxes that will automatically enforce a minimum set of security requirements on all NASA-issued and personal iPhones, iPads, Windows mobile devices, Android devices and any other mobile device connecting to a NOMAD Exchange account. Most modern devices and operating systems should be supported. However, there is a potential that some older devices may not be able to meet these requirements, and may not be able to continue accessing NASA e-mail once this change is applied. When a personal device is used to perform NASA work, adherence to security practices is expected. Personal devices should not be used if you are uncomfortable, unable, or unwilling to comply with these requirements. For details, see the OCIO Memo on Minimum Security Requirements for Use of Personally-Owned Mobile Devices.

Multi-Function Device (MFD) Training
Date/Time: September 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Room 9Z27
Contact: Thel Schuhart
All HQ personnel are invited to attend training on use of the Konica Bizhub Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) at NASA HQ. The training will include topics such as secure printing/scanning, scan-to-email, faxing, duplexing, default settings, size resolution/optimization, toner replacement, filling paper, and common jam resolution. For more information on MFD operation, including user guides, visit the Multi-Functional Devices Web page.

Apply for NASA 2014 Leadership Development Programs
Nominations Due: September 13
Contacts: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433; Laurie Artis, 358-1157
Call for nominations for the (1) NASA Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success, and Teamwork (FIRST) and the (2) Mid-Level Leader Program (MLLP). NASA FIRST is a 1-year program and targets GS-11/GS-12 civil servants. MLLP is a 16-month program and targets GS-13/GS-14/GS-15 civil servants. To learn more about NASA FIRST and MLLP, attend the briefings listed above. For nomination forms and details, visit the program sites above.

NASA'S Military Blood Drive
Date/Time: September 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
Military members and their families depend on blood donors every day. All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate in this blood drive. Your single donation can make a difference to sick or injured troops and their families. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages -- from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries. To schedule an appointment, go to the Armed Services Blood Program Web site and search under sponsor code: NASA-DC. Walk-ins are welcome.

Exchange Council Oktoberfest Lunch Social
Date/Time: September 18, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
Tickets are on sale in the Exchange Store. Prices: $5 before August 30 and after that: $7. The menu includes bratwurst and sauerkraut, kielbasa and red cabbage, German potato salad casserole, and dill cucumber slices. Beverage choices include beer, soda, and water. Please bring your purchased ticket to the event.

Workshop – Conflict and Teams
Date/Time: September 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
Conflicts are a matter of fact with teams. Disagreements and differences of opinion can help create innovative solutions; however, when they escalate into interpersonal conflict, leaders and team members must respond appropriately. This seminar, for all those on teams, addresses conflict on teams and how to manage conflict when it arises. Prior to the course, participants take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) and are provided a profile of their typical responses to conflict. Based on this information, participants are able to recognize how their and others behavior affect conflict situations. With this knowledge, they can develop strategies for managing the conflicts they encounter. For leads, supervisors, managers, and team members. Register in SATERN or contact Tamara Bolden, 358-2271

NASA HQ Fall Golf Tournament
Date/Time: September 13, 8 a.m. shotgun start
Registration Deadline: September 5
Location: Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: Gary Cox, 358-0413 or John Hopkins, 358-2519
Registration is now open. Go to http://www.nasagolf.comThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain to sign up. You can sign up 1 to 4 players. The cost is $90 per golfer. Sign up as soon as possible to ensure a spot. Due to security changes at Andrews, you must be registered AND paid up by September 5 to attend the event. Cash or checks (made payable to “NASA Exchange – Golf”) can be hand-carried to any of the following: John Hopkins or Gary Cox on the 12th floor of 1225 Eye Street, N.W., Washington. Checks (no cash) may be mailed or taken to: Exchange Store, “Attention: NASA Golf.”

HQ Library and Information Center Moves to Temporary Location
Date: August 21, 2013 – Spring 2014
Contact: Rick Spencer, 358-0168
Due to office renovations, the HQ Library and Information Center will move to Room 2K70 temporarily. The doors to the current location will close on Wednesday, August 21 and re-open in the new location (Room 2K70) on Monday, August 26. The HQ Library and Information Center will move into new permanent offices in the spring of 2014.

2013 Privacy and Sensitive Information Awareness Training
Deadline: August 31, 2013
Contact: Marion Meissner, 358-0585
All NASA HQ personnel with IT access should complete privacy and sensitive information awareness training. Several classroom training sessions are available between June 6 and August 28. For details, including the class schedule, refer to the HQ Privacy Training Web page. If you attended a privacy training session previously this year, the credit you received may fulfill this training requirement (see the list of approved sessions on the training Web page). This training requirement is not to be confused with the separate 2013 Annual Information Security Training (deadline June 29, 2013).

2013 Feds Feed Families Campaign
Final Donation Pickup: August 29
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Omega Jones, 358-0292 or Lora Dunn, 358-1998
NASA employees at Headquarters and the Centers are working to collect at least 110,000 pounds of food donations Agency-wide for food banks to assist families in need. During the summer, many school-aged children and their families rely upon local food banks because they do not have access to free breakfast and lunch programs. Food collected at Headquarters will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Participation is voluntary, and no cash donations will be accepted. For details, visit the Feds Feed Families Web page.

As Good as Dollars: Follow-Up Challenge
Deadline: August 21, 2013
Contact: Kathryn Keeton, 281-204-1519
Check out this new challenge and have a say in the design of our new NASA@work award system. Vote on your favorite submissions now: As Good as Dollars: Follow-Up Challenge.

Apply for NASA 2014 Leadership Development Programs
NASA FIRST Briefings: August 27, 9-10 a.m.,
Room MIC-6A;
MLLP Briefings: August 27, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Room MIC-6A
Nominations Due: September 13
Contacts: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433; Laurie Artis, 358-1157
Call for nominations for the (1) NASA Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success, and Teamwork (FIRST) and the (2) Mid-Level Leader Program (MLLP). NASA FIRST is a 1-year program and targets GS-11/GS-12 civil servants. MLLP is a 16-month program and targets GS-13/GS-14/GS-15 civil servants. To learn more about NASA FIRST and MLLP, attend the briefings listed above. For nomination forms and details, visit the program sites above.

2013 Feds Feed Families Campaign
Date: June 1 – August 30
Next Donation Pickup: July 31
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Omega Jones, 358-0292 or Lora Dunn, 358-1998
NASA employees at Headquarters and the Centers are working to collect at least 110,000 pounds of food donations Agency-wide for food banks to assist families in need. During the summer, many school-aged children and their families rely upon local food banks because they do not have access to free breakfast and lunch programs. Food collected at Headquarters will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Participation is voluntary, and no cash donations will be accepted. For details, visit the Feds Feed Families Web page.

View the MAVEN Launch
Date: No earlier than November 18, 2013
Nominations Due: August 15
Contact: D.J. Johnson, 358-0288
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, no earlier than November 18. This mission will explore Mars' climate history and help us understand how Mars lost its atmosphere. If you would like to view the launch or nominate someone to view the launch at KSC, contact D.J. Johnson. Note: If you attend the launch, you will need to arrange your own transportation and lodging.

New Challenges on NASA@work
Communicating with NASA Employees About the Asteroid Grand Challenge
Deadline: August 14, 2013
Contact: Kathryn Keeton, 281-204-1519
This challenge “Communicating with NASA Employees about the Asteroid Grand Challenge” will have a winner at each center and one overall winner recognized by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. Submit your ideas by August 14.

Exchange Council Crab Feast SOLD OUT
Date/Time: August 22, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Patio
Get tickets in Exchange Store: Beginning July 29
Contact: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583 or Angela Herring, 301-286-8385
All tickets all sold out. The crab feast menu includes hot steamed crabs, side dishes and drinks. Attendees are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages. NASA employees are responsible for sign-in and escorting of invited guests.

Exchange Council Back Pack and School Supplies Drive
Date: July 15 - August 16
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566
Bring donations to the collection boxes in the East and West lobbies. You also may purchase $5 sample back packs at the Exchange Store and donate them to the drive. Collected school supplies will be divided between Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington and District of Columbia Child and Family Services.

Requesting Above Core Software from the HQ Software Library
Contact: HQ Software Library, 358-1541
The Software Library manages above-core software -- any software that is not on the ACES Gold Build or the HQ Center Overlay. Effective immediately, a new procedure is in effect for requesting above-core software. Requestors must submit an ESD ticket with specific information. For details, visit the Software Library Web page.

OSMA IV&V Intern Presentations
Date/Time: August 1, 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Patrick Martin, 358-0417
High school interns with NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program will talk about their experiences working at the West Virginia facility this summer. Every year for 20 years, IV&V has offered real-world work experience to 10-20 interns in a program tailored to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy and provide exposure to STEM careers at NASA.

Develop Program’s Earth Science Application Showcase
Date/Time: August 1, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Kathy Carroll, 358-7200
Please join NASA’s DEVELOP Program participants and staff for an open house and oral and poster presentations of student and young professional work from this year’s summer program. During the term, 141 participants conducted 31 projects, partnering with 68 end-user organizations to use NASA Earth observations for enhanced decision making. At least 70 project participants will be on hand to present their projects and discuss results.

New Procedure for Mailman E-mail List Creation and Maintenance
Contact: HITSS Customer Service, 358-0650
Mailman is a mailing list management application which allows list owners to manage their lists directly through the use of a Web interface. Effective immediately, requests for new Mailman e-mail lists and requests for updating list owners must be made through the NASA Access Management System (NAMS) within the Identity Management and Account Exchange (IdMAX) system. For details and instructions, see the Mailman E-Mail List Service Web page.

Exchange Council Crab Feast
Date/Time: August 22, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Patio
Get tickets in Exchange Store: Beginning July 29
Contact: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583 or Angela Herring, 301-286-8385
Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices are: $20 for adults and $12 for children (ages 5-10). After August 15, the price increases to $24. The crab feast menu includes hot steamed crabs, side dishes and drinks. Attendees are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages. NASA employees are responsible for sign-in and escorting of invited guests.

Climate Policy Speaker Series Event
Date/Time: July 24, noon
Location: Room 7H45-A
Contact: Christine Lee, 358-1046
Join Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Financial Services, as she discusses “Climate Change Impacts, Resilience, and Public Policy: An Insurer’s Perspective. Patton will discuss how climate change impacts insurers – from underwriting to risk engineering, risk-based pricing, claims, and investment portfolios.

NASA Day at Nationals Park
Date/Time: July 27, 3:05 p.m.
The Exchange Council is sponsoring NASA Day at Nationals Park. Bring your family and friends and watch the Nationals take on the Mets. Tickets are $24 per person and are available in the Exchange Store.

NASA@Work: Next Training Session Opportunity
Date/Time: July 23, 4 - 4:30pm
Location: WebEx
Contact: Jenn Gustetic, 202-358-5693
Learn more about the NASA@work platform, how to participate and how to be a challenge owner. Registration required; visit the NASA@Work Web site. Telecon and WebEx details will be provided after registering.

NASA’S Military Blood Drive
Date/Time: July 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. Your single donation can make a difference to sick or injured troops and their families. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages -- from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries. To schedule an appointment, go to the Armed Services Blood Program Web siteThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain and search under sponsor code: NASA-DC. Walk-ins are welcome.

NSSC On-Site Retirement Counseling Sessions
Contact: Sheila Jackson, 358-0956
Appointments are limited to employees retiring within the year and have not had a previous session. Request a retirement estimate online no later than COB Friday, June 28. For other important and detailed information, contact Sheila Jackson. Appointments will be scheduled: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Room: TBD.

Take Your Children to Work Day – Online Registration Open
Date: July 16, 2013
Contact: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
Online registration is now open for the Headquarters "Take Your Children to Work Day" program. This fun and educational event is targeted for children ages 7-15. Due to space restrictions, registration will close after the first 150 children are registered. For online registration for children and HQ volunteers, a schedule of events, and other helpful information, visit the Take Your Children To Work Day Web site. Volunteers are needed to help with the event.

NASA’S Virtual PM Challenge
Date/Time: July 10, 11 a.m. EDT
Location: Webcast
Contact: Neal Zapp, 713-295-1264
Join the third session of the 2013 NASA Virtual PM Challenge “In the Driver’s Seat: Program, Planning, and Control (PP&C).” For details, to RSVP, to subscribe to the PM Challenge mailing list, or to view previous sessions, visit the PM Challenge Web site.

NASA Prepared Lunch & Learn Series
Date/Time: July 17, noon
Location: Room 5D42
Contact: Matt Runyon, 358-0926
All NASA HQ personnel are invited to attend the next session. Sgt. Christopher Yezzi, from the Special Operations Division with the Metropolitan Police Department, will discuss improvised explosive device (IED) incidents and active shooter awareness. Bring your lunch and join this informal session hosted by the HQ Emergency Management Team.

NASA HQ Softball Challenge – Games Next Week
Date/Time: July 8, 5 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.
Location: Amidon Field, 4th and G Streets, S.W.
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
At 5 p.m., Media Fusion plays the Space Guardians; At 6:05 p.m., SMD/OSMA plays MSD.

Take Your Children to Work Day
Date: July 16, 2013
Contact: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
Save the date for the Headquarters "Take Your Children to Work Day" program. This fun and educational event is targeted for children ages 7-15. Information on online registration for children and HQ volunteers will be available soon.

View the LADEE Launch
Nomination Deadline: July 5
Contact: D.J. Johnson, 358-0288
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is scheduled to launch from Wallops Flight Facility, VA., no earlier than September 5, 2013. The LADEE mission is a collaboration between Ames Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center. This “mission of firsts” is the first moon launch from WFF, the first Minotaur V launch, the first demonstration of Optical Laser Communications from space, and the first spacecraft entirely designed and built by Ames. Weather permitting, you can view the launch here in Washington, D.C. If you would like to sign up to view the launch at Wallops, contact D.J. Johnson by email. (If you attend the launch, you will need to arrange your own transportation to Wallops.)

Show Your Spirit
Date: July 5
The first Friday of every month is Spirit Day at Headquarters. Show your passion and support for your favorite singing group, drama club, educational institution, pet, sports team, or other group/activity by wearing (if your work duties allow) your favorite group’s colors, emblems, and/or attire.

Call for 2013 HQ Honor Award Nominations
Deadline: July 5, 2013
Contact: Rhonda Taylor 358-0444
The Human Resources Management Division has announced the call for the 2013 Headquarters (HQ) Honor Awards. These awards recognize HQ civil service and contractor employees and teams who have made exemplary contributions to the HQ mission or to the welfare of HQ employees. Nominations must be submitted by your organization's Awards POC in the NASA Automated Award System (NAAS) no later than July 5, 2013. For details, see the section “Call for Nominations” on the NASA Headquarters HR Portal.

NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Looking for Virtual Mentors
Sign Up to Volunteer: Mamta Patel Nagaraja
Deadline: July 3
Contact: Mamta Patel Nagaraja, 358-2014
NASA wants to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. We need you to help these young middle school students see how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are fun! Women@NASA has created NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science (GIRLS) and NASA Building Outstanding Young Scientists (BOYS) to cultivate excitement in the STEM fields. Each participant will complete online lessons with his/her assigned mentor while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat over a 5-week period this summer from July 8 - August 11, 2013. You will meet with your student one time per week and will be provided suggested lessons or you can create something on your own. Volunteer to be a mentor by sending an e-mail to Mamta Patel Nagaraja. There is no application or other requirement. Contractors and civil servants are eligible to be mentors. To learn more, visit the NASA GIRLS Web site.

REMINDER: Smoking Restrictions at NASA Headquarters
Contact: Jerry Gloster, 358-1135
In addition to the prohibition against smoking anywhere inside the Headquarters building, smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of the West side and front of the building, within 25 feet of exterior doorways and entrances (including the garage), and the West roof top patio. Smoking is only permitted on the 2nd floor patio and East rooftop patio. Employees must comply with all posted “No Smoking” signs. These restrictions comply with the General Services Administration’s restrictions of smoking of tobacco products in federally owned or leased space.

Loaner Pool Relocated to Room 4J65
Contact: Loaner Pool, 358-0002
Following renovations on the 4th floor, the HQ IT Equipment Loaner Pool has been relocated to Room 4J65. The process for requesting loaner equipment and SecurID tokens remains the same. All requests must be made through the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD): https://esd.nasa.gov. For more information, visit the Loaner Pool Web page.

Career Counseling Walk-In Hours
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location:  Room 3P86
Contact: Abby Locke, 358-0576
One-on-one career counseling is available to NASA civil service employees on a walk-in basis. Contact Abby Locke, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

2013 Annual Information Security Training
Deadline: June 29, 2013
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
All Headquarters personnel with IT access are required to complete the FY 2013 Annual Information Security Training Course in SATERN (#ITS-013-001). Check your SATERN Learning History to ensure you complete this training within your 1-year period, as your information security training credentials could expire prior to the training deadline. The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Failure to complete the training by the deadline will result in suspension of access to HQ IT resources. No Extensions will be granted. For details, visit http://itcd.hq.nasa.gov/itsecurity/training.html.

Exchange Council Ice Cream Social
Date/Time: June 19, 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Tekla Szelong 358-2583
The Exchange Council is serving up a refreshing assortment of ice cream treats to cool you down. The limit is one per customer and you must be present to receive it.

NASA Day at Kings Dominion
Date: June 22, 2013
Contact: Angela Herring, 358-1698
Tickets for NASA Day at Kings Dominion are now available for purchase in the Exchange Store. Ticket combo packages are $43 per person. Children under 2 years of age are free. The price includes admission to the park and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet which includes roasted chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, assorted chips, and drinks.

2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
Survey Deadline: June 14, midnight
Contact: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433
On April 30, the Office of Personnel Management sent an e-mail to all NASA permanent civil service employees to complete the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). This annual survey is one of the best ways to share your opinions and influence NASA leadership to continue improving the way we conduct business at Headquarters to accomplish the agency mission. Take a moment to complete the FEVS.

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive Update
Contact: Angela Herring 358-1698
The Exchange Council thanks the NASA community for its generous support of their Soles4Souls shoe drive. Approximately 400 pairs of shoes were collected. The shoes will be distributed to needy communities around the world. To request a tax receipt for your donation, visit: http://www.soles4souls.org/get_involved/tax_receipt.html This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
Deadline: June 7, 2013 (midnight)
Contact: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433
On April 30, the Office of Personnel Management sent an e-mail to all NASA permanent civil service employees about completing the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). This annual survey is one of the best ways to share your opinions and influence NASA leadership to continue improving the way we conduct business at Headquarters to accomplish the agency mission. Please take a moment to complete the FEVS.

NASA 2013 HQ Softball Challenge
Date/Time: Every Monday, May 20-July 29, 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Amidon Field, 4th and G Streets, S.W.
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
Coaches have begun organizing teams for the tournament sponsored by the Exchange Council. Teams are open to civil service and contractor employees. To coach a team, contact Paul Brundage. To join a team, players should contact one of the team coaches: Stephanie Stockman, 358-0039; Derek Wang, 358-5185; Cynthia Lodge, 358-0583; Peter Panetta, 358-0696; Cheryl Parker, 358-0252, or Michael Showers, 358-0272.

Register for Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 30 – June 20 (except May 9), 1 p.m.
Location: Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room)
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees for the next session are: $150 for the entire session of classes; $80 for half of the session. Drop-ins are permitted at $15 per class. All employees are invited to register for these classes. Registration checks or money orders are payable to Hot Yoga USA, LLC, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center.

2013 Annual Telework Preparedness Drills
Contact: Brett Smith, 358-0889
The 2013 Annual Telework Preparedness Drills start at the end of February. The NASA HQ Emergency Management Team will work with representatives from each office/directorate to schedule a drill date. Before a drill, employees should review telework agreements with their supervisors, and contractor staff should contact their COTRs. All participating personnel will receive a short survey after the drill. For HQ Telework Program information and resources, visit the Telework Drills Web page.

NASA Security Presentation – Lost/Stolen Laptops & How to Protect Information on Mobile Devices
Date/Time: May 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Registration: See instructions below
Location: Room 5D67
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA’s IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) invites you to participate in a presentation about protecting information on mobile devices and what to do if your laptop is lost or stolen. IT security experts from HQ will be conducting the presentation. This presentation counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit, and also fulfills the requirement for the 2013 Privacy Information Training requirement. Pre-registration is required; send an e-mail to csat@hq.nasa.gov with the subject “Presentation – Lost/Stolen Laptops,” and indicate you will attend. You must register in order to receive your CPE credit. Arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in.

NASA Prepared Lunch & Learn Session - Hurricanes
Date/Time: May 15, 12 noon
Location: Room 5D42
Contact: Matt Runyon, 358-0926
James Lynch of HEOMD, a retired operational meteorologist with NOAA and the National Hurricane Center, will discuss threats, potential impacts, and preparedness measures for the Mid-Atlantic for the upcoming hurricane season. Bring your lunch and attend this informal group.

Quarterly NASA History Lecture by Dr. Asif Siddiqu
Date/Time: May 16, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Glennan Conference Assembly Room (1O35)
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Dr. Asif Siddiqi will discuss “New Research on Soviet Space History: Revisiting the Flights of Tereshkova and Komarov.” Siddiqi specializes in the history of science and technology and modern Russian history. He has published works on the history of astronautics, the Soviet space program, and Soviet science and technology. All employees are invited to attend

.Book Drive for Amidon-Bowen Elementary School
Date: April 25 - May 17
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Debbie Randall, 358-1173
The Exchange Council is collecting new or gently used books (for children in grades K-6) to give to the Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, a Title 1 school, near Headquarters. The books you donate can help students maintain their reading skills over the summer. Note: The Exchange Store has books for students in stock, and you can purchase them to donate to the drive.

Exchange Council NASA Block Party
Date/Time: May 22, 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39/Balcony
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Exchange Store Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 17. Buffet includes: hot dogs, Italian sausage, chicken kabobs, potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad, watermelon slices and assorted cookies. Only 200 tickets will be sold for the event. There will also be prizes for games and ticket raffles. TAMO Smoothies will be selling smoothies and fruit cups for $5-$9.

Limited Tickets for National Tribute to Sally Ride
Date/Time: May 20, 7 p.m.
RSVP Deadline: May 6
Location: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Contact: Pat Smith, 358-1928
“Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy” is an educational tribute to America’s first woman in space. The celebration will highlight Dr. Ride’s contributions and her legacies and include the talents of Patti Austin, Damian Kulash of the band OK Go, Twyla Tharp, Maria Shriver and Billie Jean King. A limited number of tickets are available for NASA employees and one guest. To attend the concert, you MUST complete the online RSVP Form at: http://guestops.hq.nasa.gov/tribute.html by Monday, May 6 COB. Please indicate if you need wheelchair access. Ticket pickup will be at NASA HQ only on Tuesday, May 14, 9 a.m. - noon and Wednesday, May 15, 1-4 p.m.

Spirit Day at Headquarters
Date: May 3
HQ employees are invited to show their team spirit by wearing their favorite sports team colors and attire this Friday, May 3, and the first Friday every month.

Comparative Climatology Symposium
Date/Time: May 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Adriana Ocampo, 358-2152
All are welcome to attend. The symposium will highlight the similarities and contrasts between the environments of the terrestrial planets: Venus, Earth, Mars, and Titan. Presentations include current Earth climate models, Earth observation, past and current Venus missions (as a laboratory for Earth climate), observational studies of the Terrestrial planets (exoplanets), and the influence of the sun on climate. The symposium concludes with a Science Mission Directorate Directors panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

Headquarters Spring Golf Tournament
Date/Time: May 10, 8 a.m. shot gun start
Location: Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: John Hopkins, 358-2519; Omar DeFrias, 358-0939 or Gary Cox, 358-0413
The price per player is now $100 until the May 3 cutoff. The price includes green fees, chart, lunch, and beverages. There also will be prizes. For details and to register yourself and your group, visit: http://www.nasagolf.comThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain Make checks payable to “NASA Exchange - Golf” and bring them to the Exchange Store -- Attn: Gary Cox or John Hopkins, Suite 1D20, 300 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20546. You may also handcarry cash or check payments to Omar DeFrias in HQ 3M15, or John Hopkins or Gary Cox, on the 12th floor, 1225 I Street, N.W.

NASA@work 101: Training Session
Data/Time: May 9, 12 noon OR 3 p.m.
Location: WebEx
Register: NASA@work Training 101
Contact: Jenn Gustetic, 358-5693
Do you like NASA@work and want to participate but not sure how? Do you want to learn more about the NASA@work platform? Do you want to be a Challenge Owner but not sure what to do to get started? If you are interested in learning more about NASA@work and how you can participate on this internal, collaborative platform, join us for NASA@work Training 101 on Thursday, May 9 Sign up today as space is limited! Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will provide details for the telecon and WebEx information.

NASA’S Military Blood Drive
Date/Time: May 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
Your single donation can make a difference to sick or injured troops and their families. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages -- from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries. All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. To schedule an appointment, go to the Armed Services Blood Program Web site and search under sponsor code: NASA-DC.

High Risk Conflict Resolution Workshops
Employees - Date/Time: May 6-10, 8 a.m. - noon or 1-5 p.m.
Managers - Date/Time: May 10, 8 - 10 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room (CG40)
Register: Contact Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
The Office of Protective Services is sponsoring half-day workshops for employees and 2-hour sessions for managers on conflict resolution. Participants will examine previous incidents of workplace violence, learn the behavioral profiles of offenders, and practice verbal and/or physical tactics to cope with violent behavior, should it occur. It is recommended that you view the video “Flashpoint: Recognizing and Preventing Workplace Violence” in SATERN prior to attending (search “Flashpoint”). Also, wear comfortable shoes and clothing if you wish to participate in some light physical activity (strictly voluntary). To register and schedule your specific time, contact Paul Raudenbush.

Lunch & Learn: Drug Free Workplace Seminar
Date/Time: May 2, 11:30 a.m.
Location: Room 5D67
Contact: Ebony Stepney, 358-1154
NASA strives to ensure a workplace that is safe and free of illegal drug use by all employees. It is NASA's policy to ensure that the workplace is free of such. To achieve this policy and as a deterrence to illegal drug use, NASA has established a comprehensive drug-prevention program. Please come out to learn more about NASA’s Drug Free Workplace Program (DFWP). This seminar is sponsored by the HQ Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NASA’s Virtual PM Challenge
Next Session: May 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Neal Zapp, 713-295-1264
NASA’s Project Management (PM) Challenge is going virtual for 2013 in order to reach the maximum number of NASA civil service and contractor employees in the most cost-effective way. The Virtual PM (V-PM) Challenge will consist of six, once-a-month virtual interactive Webcasts covering topics from program management lessons learned, to effective external collaboration. Each session will be live, and interactive, with opportunity for the audience to pose questions to the speaker via a session moderator, much like what most of us probably expect in the format of a NASA press briefing. Sessions will be recorded and made available on the 2013 V-PM Challenge Web site for on-demand viewing approximately 2 weeks after the live event. For more information, to subscribe to the PM Challenge mailing list, or to RSVP for the next event, visit the 2013 V-PM Challenge Web site.

Overview of the OSIRIS-REx Missions
Date/Time: April 30, 2-3 p.m.
Location: HQ auditorium
Contact: Gordon Johnston, 358-4685
You are invited to the presentation: “Asteroids -- Coming to Earth: An Overview of the OSIRIS-REx Mission” by Dr. Dante Lauretta, University of Arizona, OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator. Dr. Lauretta will discuss NASA's upcoming mission to return samples from an asteroid. A sampling of meteorites will also be on-hand, including pieces from the recent Russian event. The auditorium will also be open to the general public.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation: Protecting Privacy
Date/Time: April 25, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Room MIC-3B
Register: Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA’s IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) is offering training on protecting privacy. This presentation will discuss the importance of protecting your pri-vacy through the use of NASA policy. This training counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit; you must register in order to receive your CPE credit. Send an e-mail to csat@hq.nasa.gov with the subject “Presentation – Protecting Privacy.” Arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in.

Workshop: Making the Most of Performance (or any) Discussions
Date/Time: April 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Room 3P44
Registration: SATERN (SATERN ID 68143)
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
This workshop for leads, managers and supervisors will provide techniques to increase your confidence, and competence during performance discussions. Register in SATERN with keyword “HQ-MAKING THE MOST” or SATERN ID 66770.

HQ Mail Center -- USPS Express Mail, FedEx, OR UPS
Contact: Rebecca Bythewood, 358-1253
Outgoing Express Mail and packages must be brought to the NASA HQ Mail Center (Room 1M40) no later than 2:30 p.m. for processing and same day shipping service. The sender must complete NHQ Form 241, “Request for Special Mail Services,” and provide a justification for required express service. Packages will not be sent without a NHQ Form 241 properly filled out and received by the Mail Center staff. The NHQ form 241 is available on the NASA Electronic Forms System.

Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5 - April 25, 1 p.m.
Location: Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room)
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees for the next session are: $160 for the entire session of classes, $80 for half of the session. Drop-ins are permitted at $15 per class. All employees are invited to register for these classes. Registration checks or money orders are payable to Hot Yoga USA, LLC, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center.

Managing Work From Anywhere
Date/Time: April 18, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 8Q40
Registration: SATERN (SATERN ID 68143)
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
Management Cohort Network Session (for Leads, Supervisors and Managers) - This session focuses on sharing management tools. It includes a forum on management approaches as well as tips for managing teleworkers. Bring your lunch and learn with your colleagues. Register in SATERN with keyword “HQ-MANAGEMENT COHORTNETWORK” or SATERN ID 68143.

Coffee and Donut Social
Date/Time: April 11, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Angela Herring, 358-1698
All employees are invited to the coffee and donut social hosted by the Exchange Council and the NASA Federal Credit Union. Volunteers are needed for the event.

Exchange Council Shoe Drive
Date/Time: March 13 - April 11
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact: Tekla Szelong, 358-2583 and Angela Herring, 358-1698
Donate your “gently used” shoes for the charity Soles4Souls. You can bring your shoes to the kickoff at the St Patrick’s Social on Wednesday, March 13, in Room 2E39. After the kickoff, collection boxes will be in the East and West Lobbies.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation: Ransomware
Date/Time: March 21, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Room MIC-3B
Register: Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA’s IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) is offering training on ransomware -- computer malware that holds a computer system, or the data it contains, hostage from its user by demanding a ransom for its restoration. Learn how to identify it and how to respond if your system is affected. This training counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit; you must register in order to receive your CPE credit. Send an e-mail to Darline Brown with the subject “Presentation - Ransomware.” Arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in.

GWU Mammovan at NASA HQ
Date/Time: April 4, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: E Street in front of NASA HQ
Schedule Appointment: Anne Lisa Espinosa, 800-217-0675 ext. 3378
Questions: Gail Grant, RN; 358-2600
Eligible HQ civil service employees must call for an appointment, and provide the name and telephone number of a personal primary care physician willing to accept the mammogram results. For details, visit the HQ Mammograms Web page.

Call for HQ Nominations: Women@NASA
Nomination Deadline: April 2, 2013
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444
NASA HQ civil service employees are invited to nominate NASA HQ civil service women to be featured on the Women@NASA Web site. Nominees from all occupational series and experience levels are eligible. Civil service women employees are encouraged to nominate themselves and share their inspiring, non-traditional, and diverse stories of what brought them to NASA and why they stayed. Submit nomination applications (limit: 1,000 words or less) electronically to Rhonda Taylor by Tuesday, April 2. A panel will review the applications and select up to three nominees to be showcased.

HEOMD Workshop: International Space Station Research 101
Date/Time: March 19, 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Glennan Conference Room
Register: SATERN (ID 67840)
Contact: Donna Shortz, 358-1406
This lecture session focuses on the International Space Station (ISS) as an important platform for microgravity research highlighting significant accomplishments and benefits of research and technology development being conducted on the ISS. All employees are invited to attend.

HEOMD Workshop: International Space Station Ambassadors Workshops
Register: SATERN
Date/Time: March 20, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (SATERN ID 67843)
Date/Time: March 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (SATERN ID 67845)
Location: 5W40
Contact: Donna Shortz, 358-1406
Please note: ISS Research 101 is a prerequisite for attending these Ambassadors Workshops. These small group, interactive workshops build communications skills to share information on ISS research with the general public and technical audiences and communicate research accomplishments during outreach events.

2013 NASA College Scholarship Fund Applications Due
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Location: (applications due in Houston)
Contact: Adib Sabree 358-0922
The NASA College Fund awards undergraduate scholarships to NASA dependents pursuing a course of study in science or engineering fields. Application forms are available on-line (doc) (pdf) or from the Scholarship Fund Representative for HQ. For list of qualifying majors and related information, visit the NASA College Scholarship Fund Web page. All completed application forms must be received by the application deadline at the following address:

NASA Johnson Space Center
NASA College Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Building 12, Room 269
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058

Windows 7 Exploration Learning Sessions
Brown Bag Session: March 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 3R55
Brown Bag Session: March 19, 10-11 a.m., MIC-5A
Hands-On Session: March 20, 1-2 p.m., MIC-3A
Hands-On Session: March 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m., MIC-3A
Registration: SATERN (search "Windows Exploration")
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
See Windows 7 in action. Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more. For additional class times, visit the Windows 7 Exploration Web page.

FedTraveler.com Management Approver and Funds Certifiers Training
Date/Time: March 20, 9-10:30 a.m.
Registration: SATERN (Search 'HQ-FedTraveler or ID 66753')
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
This course is a 1.5 hour review of Federal travel regulations and NASA and HQ’s travel policies. Includes training on key system functions for Management Approvers and Funds Certifiers. For details, visit the HQ Travel Web site.

FedTraveler.com Preparer Training
Date/Time: March 21, 9 a.m. - Noon
Registration: SATERN (Search 'HQ-FedTraveler' or ID 66754)
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
This course is a 3 hour review of Federal travel regulations and NASA and HQ’s travel policies. Includes training on key system functions for Preparers. For details, visit the HQ Travel Web site.

Headquarters Women’s History Month Observance
Date/Time: March 14, 10-11 a.m.
Location: HQ auditorium
Contact: HQ Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
All Headquarters employees are invited to join the NASA HQ Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division (EODM) in commemorating Women’s History Month and the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March on Washington. The program will feature keynote speaker Donna Brazile, senior political strategist, commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, author and educator. For more information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact the EODM Division.

NASA Shared Services Center Newsletter
The January-March 2013 edition of The NSSC News is now available online. This quarterly newsletter contains valuable information for NASA civil service and contractor employees.

Exchange Council Book Fair
Date/Time: March 6 – 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: East Lobby
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
Books Are Fun will be in the East Lobby with a selection of books and gifts for adults and children.

Regulatory Management Training Online
Location: SATERN
Contact: Cheryl Parker, 358-0252
All NASA rule writers, rule reviewers, and attorneys are encouraged to complete the course “Regulatory Management Training” in SATERN. The Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems’ Directive Team designed this course to provide an overview of NASA's regulatory process. It is intended to provide NASA employees with an understanding of the different components of this process.

NASA HQ Food Drive
Date/Time: February 11 – March 13
Location: East and West Lobbies.
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
The Exchange Council is sponsoring a food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank. Show your concern for the less fortunate by donating non-perishable food items. Donation boxes are in the East and West Lobbies.

St. Patrick’s Day Social
Date/Time: March 13, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Tickets: $5 per person; Exchange Store
Contacts: Susan Burch, 358-0550 or Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
The 2013 St. Patrick's Day social is hosted by the Exchange Council. Tickets are $5 (includes corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes, green beans, and a beverage). Indicate your beverage choice when purchasing tickets in the Exchange Store. Only 150 tickets will be sold for this event.

Windows 7 Exploration Learning Sessions
Brown Bag Session: March 5, 1-2 p.m., MIC-3A
Brown Bag Session: March 12, 10-11 a.m., MIC-3A
Hands-On Session: March 6, 10-11 a.m., Room 3R55
Hands-On Session: March 13, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m., Room 3R55
Registration: SATERN (search "Windows Exploration")
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
See Windows 7 in action. Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more. For additional class times, visit the Windows 7 Exploration Web page.

Seminar: Effect of Space Radiation on Human Cells
Date/Time: February 27, 10 a.m.
Location: MIC 7
Contact: Steve Davison, 358-0647
Please join Dr. Paul Doetsch, associate chair and director, Division of Cancer Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University. He will discuss his research on the effects of space radiation on human cells. "Low and high LET radiation-induced acute and chronic stress by reactive oxygen species: a driver of genetic instability in human cells."

Forum: Developing Talent in the Federal Workforce
Date/Time: February 28, 2-4:15 p.m.
Contact: Ramien Pierre, 301-837-3854
As part of the “Engaging Leaders in Knowledge” series, the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) is hosting an online forum. Join representatives from NASA, the FBI, OPM, and Human Systems International to discuss leading practices in knowledge management and workforce development. For details and to register, visit the Developing Talent in the Federal Workforce Web pageThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Windows 7 Exploration Learning Sessions
Hands-On Session: February 27, 1-2 p.m., Room 3R55
Brown Bag Session: February 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m., MIC-3A
Registration: SATERN (search "Windows Exploration")
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
See Windows 7 in action. Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more. For additional class times, visit the Windows 7 Exploration Web page.

February Hot Topic: Search Budget Documents in SAP Using FMEDDW
Date/Time/Location: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 – 11 a.m., MIC 7-A
Contact: BASO Support Center 358-4367
For details, visit: http://baso.hq.nasa.gov/baso/?/baso-services/training

Windows 7 Exploration Learning Sessions
Hands-On Session: February 12, 2:30-3:30p.m., Room 3R55
Brown Bag Session: February 26, 1-2 p.m., MIC-3A
Brown Bag Session: February 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m., MIC-3A
Registration: SATERN (search "Windows Exploration")
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
See Windows 7 in action. Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more. For additional class times, visit the Windows 7 Exploration Web page.

NASA’S Military Blood Drive
Date/Time: February 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Gail Grant, 358-2600
Your single donation can give sick or injured troops and their families a second chance at life. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages -- from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries. All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. To schedule an appointment, go to: http://www.militarydonor.com, login or create a new profile, and search under sponsor code: NASA-DC.

New NASA History Book at Headquarters
Location: History Program Office, Room CO72
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
NASA at 50: Interviews with NASA's Senior Leadership, the latest NASA History book was released in both print and electronic format on December 26, 2012. These oral histories with NASA's leaders were compiled during the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2008. Hard copies are available in Room CO72.

Lunch & Learn Session: Time Management
Date/Time: February 19, 1 p.m.
Location: Room 3P44
Contact: Ebony Stepney, 358-1154
If you feel like there is too much to do and not enough time or if interruptions throw you off track, this seminar is for you. The instructor will review the key elements to time management: Remembering, Setting Priorities, and Motivation. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Walk-ins welcome – no registration required.

Home Computer Security – Brown Bag Session
Date/Time: February 6, 11 a.m. - Noon
Registration: SATERN (search "hcs")
Location: MIC 3-A
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Explore security settings for home equipment, learn how to browse safely and securely, and keep your computer up to date and secure. Learn how to avoid the “10 Mistakes Hackers Love” and learn how to create an exceptional password. For details and class information, visit the Home Computer Security Training Web page.

Windows 7 Exploration Learning Sessions
Hands-On Session: February 5, 1-2 p.m., Room 3R55
Brown Bag Session: February 5, 10-11 a.m., MIC 3-A
Registration: SATERN (search "Windows Exploration")
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
See Windows 7 in action. Discover new features, learn how to keep your favorite items within reach, reduce desktop clutter, personalize your computer, stay organized with libraries, find what you need faster, and more. For additional class times, visit: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/itcd/ctc

Wills, Trusts, Taxes, and Probate
Date/Time: February 6, 2013, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register: SATERN or see contacts below
Location: Room 3P44
Contact: Evelin Saxinger, 358-1311
This program will be presented by Steffan & MacDonald, LLC, Attorneys at Law. Register in SATERN or contact Tammy Bolden, 358-2271 or Trish Rapoza, 358-0008.

Preview Screening of NOVA’s ‘Earth From Space’
Date/Time: February 4, 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
A new NOVA special “Earth from Space” will air nationwide on Wednesday, February 13 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS stations. The 2-hour special explores how satellites are transforming our view of Earth and features interviews with several NASA scientists as well as new NASA visualizations of our complex planet based on satellite data. The Office of Communications has arranged a 20-minute preview of “Earth from Space” for HQ employees on February 4 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium. NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell will be on hand to discuss the program.

View “Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope”
Date: Starting January 31
Location: PBS stations
The award-winning documentary, "Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope,” will premiere on PBS stations on January 31. (Check local listings for time and other airings.) The film, in collaboration with actor Tom Hanks, tells the moving story of Colonel Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who transported a small Torah scroll into space, which had survived the Holocaust. Ramon and his six fellow crewmembers on STS-107 were lost in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy on February 1, 2003.

TDRS-K Launch Rescheduled
Date/Time: January 30, 8:48 p.m. (launch window 40 minutes)
Location: NASA TV
Contact: Barbara Adde, 358-1912
The launch of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-K is rescheduled for Wednesday, January 30. TDRS-K will launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is the space-based segment of NASA’s Space Network. NASA TV launch day coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. (Twitter: #TDRS). For more information, visit the Space Communication and Navigator (SCaN) Web site.

Jesco von Puttkamer Memorial
Date/Time: February 4, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Stacey Edgington, 358-4519
NASA employees are invited to attend a memorial to honor the life and career of Jesco von Puttkamer. Von Puttkamer’s career began with the Apollo program, and his most recent assignment was documenting on-orbit activities of the International Space Station in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. An expert on the Russian space program, he was instrumental in advancing U.S. and Russian cooperation in human spaceflight. His personal relationships in Russia allowed him to bring both communities together in dialogue and activities. He also received numerous awards during his 50 years at NASA, including NASA's prestigious Exceptional Service Medal in 2004. In 2007, he received a NASA Honor Award for successful initiatives of advancing American-Russian cooperation in spaceflight. He authored more than a dozen books on spaceflight as well as many science fiction novels.

NASA Day of Remembrance Observance
Date/Time: February 1, 10 a.m.
Location: Arlington National Cemetery
Register for Transportation: January 25
Contact: Jakkie Foster, 358-1735
NASA Headquarters employees are invited to join Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA senior officials for NASA's Day of Remembrance observance at Arlington National Cemetery. On this annual Day of Remembrance, NASA pauses to honor the fallen heroes of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia and all the members of the NASA Family who have lost their lives furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. To honor their memory, flags at Headquarters and NASA centers will be flown at half-staff. NOTE: Transportation to Arlington Cemetery is available to employees who register with Jakkie Foster by Friday, Jan. 25.

NASA IT Security Awareness Newsletter – January 2013
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
The NASA IT “Security Focus” newsletter includes valuable IT security news and useful tips. The January issue is now available online. It includes information on the cyber risks of social media, incident response reporting, privacy policies, and concerns about apps for kids. You can also subscribe to this newsletter and have it automatically delivered to your in-box. For previous issues, visit the Security Focus Newsletter Web page on the IT Security Awareness & Training Web site.

Workers Compensation Training for Supervisors: FECA, Claims
Date/Time: January 31, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: WebEx
Register: Christopher Warren, 358-1751 and Frances Corradino, 358-0930
The Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Program representative will present a series of WebEx training sessions on various program topics. The series is designed for NASA supervisors and managers and open to representatives from safety, human resources, and medical areas. This session will cover basic Federal Employee Compensation Act information and other background topics. For more information, visit NASA’s Office of Workers Compensation Program Web page. To receive e-mail notices on each session in the series, contact Janine Hardin.

Supervisory Anti-Harassment Training Sessions
Date/Time: January 30 or February 6, 9 - 11 a.m.
Registration Deadline: January 24
Contact: Nancy Anne Baugher, 358-1061
The NASA HQ Anti-Harassment Program is hosting supervisory training to help ensure that the HQ work environment is free from harassing behavior. Training is being provided in partnership with the Agency Anti-Harassment Coordinator. The 2-hour training module includes a brief presentation and experiential learning exercises. It provides a comprehensive program overview and enables supervisors to better understand their roles should an allegation of harassment arise in their organizations. For details, visit NPR 3713.3, Anti-Harassment Procedures.

2012 NASA HQ Security Awareness Training
Deadline Extended: January 31, 2013
Location: SATERN
Contact: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
All employees badged for access to NASA HQ are required to complete this mandatory training in SATERN.

Loaner Pool Moving to CX72
Contact: Loaner Pool, 358-0002
Due to the 4th floor renovations, the HQ IT Equipment Loaner Pool is being temporarily relocated to Room CX72 on the Concourse level. Once the 4th floor renovations are complete, the Loaner Pool will be relocated back to the 4th floor within the ITCD office space. The process for requesting loaner equipment remains the same. For more information on Loaner Pool services, visit http://itcd.hq.nasa.gov/loaner.html.

FedTraveler.com Training for Travelers
Date/Time: January 29, 9-10 a.m.
Registration: SATERN (Search 'HQ-FedTraveler')
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
This course is a 1-hour briefing covering FedTraveler.com login procedures, completing the Traveler Profile, and signing the expense report. For details, visit: http://travel.hq.nasa.gov.

Watch the TDRS-K Launch on NASA TV
Date/Time: January 29, 8:52 p.m. (launch window 40 minutes)
NASA TV: (see local guide for channel)
Contact: Barbara Adde, 358-1912
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-K is scheduled to launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is the space-based segment of NASA’s Space Network. NASA TV launch day coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. (Twitter: #TDRS). For more information, visit the Space Communication and Navigator (SCAN) Web site.

2013 HQ Chili Cookoff Rescheduled
Date/Time: January 24, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
Join the Exchange Council for this year’s HQ Chili Cookoff and enjoy the chili samples. The best chili will be chosen by the judges during a blind tasting.

FedTraveler.com Preparer Training
Date/Time: January 24, 9 a.m. - Noon
Registration: SATERN (Search 'HQ-FedTraveler')
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
This course is a 3 hour review of Federal travel regulations and NASA and HQ’s travel policies. Includes training on key system functions for Preparers. For details, visit: http://travel.hq.nasa.gov.

Martin Luther King Jr. Program – Sponsored by HQ BIG Chapter
Date/Time: January 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Vickie Walton, 358-1016
All Headquarters employees are invited to join the NASA HQ Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) in commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program includes keynote speaker Royce Kinniebrew, educator and President, Kinniebrew Consultant Group, musical selections by Tiajuana Rountree, and a poetry selection by Gloria Taliaferro. Light refreshments will be served in the West Lobby following the program.

Headquarters Building Status and Access THIS Weekend
Dates: January 19-21, 2013
On Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, the building will be in weekend operations status. On Monday, January 21, the building will be in holiday operations status. Normal weekend and holiday procedures will be in place with respect to building status. This means the East Lobby will be closed to all personnel and the east bank elevators will not be accessible. On Monday, the garage doors will be closed. Only NASA HQ civil servant badge holders will be able to access the garage, by utilizing the badge reader at the top of the ramp.

HVAC and lighting will be off except in the West Lobby and areas normally designated for 24/7 operation. Lighting override switches on each floor will function and provide lights in 30 minute increments. All NASA badged individuals entering the building and garage on these dates will be required to follow the standard security procedures.

Vehicular restrictions in Washington will be instituted by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police. While the outer perimeter of the vehicle restricted zone will be open to traffic, drivers should expect delays. Drivers and passengers should be prepared to provide proof of residence, work identification or a reasonable verbal justification to enter the restricted area.

FedTraveler.com Management Approver and Funds Certifiers Training
Date/Time: January 17, 9-10:30 a.m.
Registration: SATERN (Search 'HQ-FedTraveler')
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
This course is a 1.5 hour review of Federal travel regulations and NASA and HQ’s travel policies. Includes training on key system functions for Management Approvers and Funds Certifiers. For details, visit: http://travel.hq.nasa.gov.

Climate Policy Speaker Series Event
Date/Time: January 16, 11 a.m.
Location: Room 1O35
Contact: Christine Lee, 202-450-9382
Please join John Matthews, Director, Freshwater Climate Change Program at Conservation International, as he discusses “Building confidence in adaptation: Managing water resources across institutions, sectors, disciplines, and climates” by engaging non-traditional partners such as development banks, aid agencies, water managers, and the private sector, in a conversation about climate adaptation policies and investment paradigms.

2013 HQ Chili Cookoff
Date/Time: January 16, 2013, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Registration Deadline: January 14
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
Prizes will be awarded for the best chili. For details and guidelines, contact Kevin Ortegel.

COCD Day of Learning
Date/Time: January 15, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: BASO Support Center, 358-4367
For details, visit http://baso.hq.nasa.gov/baso/?/baso-services/training Courses for users interested in learning more about SAP Reporting, Business Warehouse (BW), or the Commitment, Obligation, Cost, and Disbursement (COCD) process. Each month will feature a different system on a rotational basis. Multiple courses will be offered on each Day of Learning. Users are encouraged to attend one, many, or all courses on this day.

Take Control of Your Retirement Income
Date/Time: January 16, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration: SATERN
Location: Room 3P44
Contact: Evelin Saxinger, 358-1311
Attend this seminar by Christine Emond and Harvey Berger, chartered retirement planning counselors with Ameriprise Financial. Register in SATERN or contact Tammy Bolden, 358-2271 or Trish Rapoza, 358-0008.

FedTraveler.com Preparer Training
Date/Time: January 16, 9 a.m. - Noon
Registration: SATERN (Search 'HQ-FedTraveler')
Location: Room 3R55
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
This course is a 3 hour review of Federal travel regulations and NASA and HQ’s travel policies. Includes training on key system functions for Preparers. For details, visit: http://travel.hq.nasa.gov.

Blanket Drive for Local Homeless Veterans
Dates: December 10, 2012 – January 10, 2013
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
Donation boxes for blankets (NEW ONLY please) will be provided in each lobby at NASA Headquarters. Donations will be sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs to support its Winterhaven Stand Down event on January 12, 2013. Sponsored by the HQ Exchange Council.

January-March Parking Permits on Sale
Date: December 3, 2012 – January 2, 2013
Location: Colonial Parking Office, P1 level
Contact: Rose Butler, 358-0184
HQ civil service employees must bring their payments ($150) by check, money order or credit card to the Colonial Parking office. Make checks or money orders payable to “Colonial Parking” and include your parking permit number. After the January 2 deadline, vehicles without a current expiration label on the hanging tag will not be permitted in the garage. Unsold permits will be reallocated to employees on the waiting list.

 


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