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HQ Combined Federal Campaign Kick-Off
Date/Time: September 26, 1:30-2:30
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Tom Hayes, 358-0794, or Sheila Michelli, 358-3768
The 2014 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is underway and extends through December 15. Join your co-workers for a special CFC Kick featuring NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Executive Director, Headquarters Operations Jay Henn. Prior to the kick-off, CFC vendors will be on hand to help you choose your preferred charity from the more than 24,000 pre-screened and approved charities. Your tax deductible donations support thousands of worthy causes.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Date/Time: September 25, 2-3 p.m.
Location: National Transportation Safety Board, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.
Contact: Claudia Silver 358-0936
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed September 15-October 15. A commemorative digital banner is displayed in the lobbies via the electronic kiosks. Attend the Hispanic program with guest speaker Daniel J. Santos, member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. The program is presented by the NTSB and the Southwest Interagency Committee (SWIC).

NASA HQ Mammovan
Date/Time: September 23, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: 300 E St., S.W.
Contact: Christopher Warren, 358-1751
If you are over the age of 40, a NASA federal employee, and have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months, please call Tonisha (909-978-3950) or Cinthia (909-978-3538) to schedule your mammogram appointment.

HQ Blog IT: The IT POC Commitment
Contact: Mary Shouse, 358-0625
Check out the latest post to HQ Blog IT - “The IT POC Commitment.” Every Mission Directorate and organization within Headquarters has at least one IT POC who functions as an extension to ITCD. One of the approaches ITCD uses to facilitate IT services is reliant on an effective IT POC model. Learn more about how ITCD has been meeting with organizations throughout Headquarters to review the role of the IT POC, and let us know -- is the model working for you? Follow HQ Blog IT and participate in the dialog of the IT world at HQ. To subscribe to alerts, send an email to HQ-Blog-IT-Admin@mail.nasa.gov with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Headquarters Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Date/Time: September 10, 1:30 p.m.
Location: NASA HQ Auditorium
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
Join Administrator Bolden and Executive Director of Headquarters Operations, Jay Henn for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the HQ building renovation and thank all HQ staff for their support during the renovation process. The event also will include the presentation of an Agency Group Achievement Award to the Renovation Team. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

History Reference Collection Re-Opening
Date/Time: September 9, 2-4 p.m.
Location: Room CP72
Contact: Bill Barry, 358-0383
HQ employees are invited to the grand re-opening celebration of the History Reference Collection on the Concourse level. Ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. followed by reception. Giveaways will be available. The office will open for research use the following day, September 10. For information on the NASA History Program, visit: http://history.nasa.gov.

OCIO Let’s Talk Series: NASA Human Capital Management
Date/Time: September 10, Noon
Location: Glennan Assembly Room (1O35)
Contact: John Bosco, 358-1352
Join Jeri Buchholz, Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management and NASA's Chief Human Capital Officer, for an overview of her stewardship responsibility for NASA's workforce. For Lync and dial-in information, contact John Bosco.

Exchange Council “Fan Day” Social
Date/Time: September 11, Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Tanye Coleman, 358-1031
Join the Exchange Council for the annual “Fan Day” social and wear your favorite sports team’s colors, emblems and/or attire. There will be food and fun activities.

HQ Blog IT: ITCD ON THE ROAD
Contact: Mary Shouse, 358-0625
Check out the latest post to HQ Blog IT - “ITCD on the Road: Customer Relationship Management Meetings.” HQ Blog IT was launched to increase the understanding and awareness of ITCD’s mission. It provides information to the HQ community about ITCDs strategic direction, customer service improvement efforts, ITCD products and services, and emerging issues. Follow HQ Blog IT and participate in the dialog of the IT world at HQ. To subscribe to alerts, send an email to HQ-Blog-IT-Admin@mail.nasa.gov with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

“IT Talk” Newsletter: July-September Issue Available
Contact: Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
The July-September 2014 issue of the OCIO “IT Talk” newsletter is available online at:
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/IT-Talk_July2014.pdf. This issue’s cover feature is “How Will We Work in 2025?” Additional articles include 2014 Space Apps Challenge Winners, Collaboration in Motion, Virtual Executive Summit, I3P updates and more.

Second Floor Patio Reopens for Employee Breaks
Contact: Malicha Day 358-0206
The 2nd floor patio is now open during renovation of the 2nd floor. HQ Facilities has arranged for ongoing access via Stairwell A (West side of the building) from the third floor or higher. Signs will be posted directing employees to the patio, the preferred location for smokers. If using tobacco products, stand 25 feet away from the doors and place cigarette butts in the appropriate receptacles. To return to your workspace, you must use Stairwell A to return to the third floor or higher. At no time should employees enter other areas of the second floor.

User Resource Center
Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (walk-in service)
Location: CX42
Contact: Kim Dwyer, 358-0650
The User Resource Center (URC) is located in Room CX42. Walk in today for assistance with Windows and Macintosh applications (including core/above-core software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Photoshop, etc.), scanning, file conversions, archiving to CD-ROM, color printing and more. Staff members are available to assist and provide real time proactive technical advice, end user support, troubleshooting/consultation services, and problem resolution.

NASA’S Mission to Pluto
Date/Time: August 25, 1-3 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Dwayne Brown, 358-1726
HQ employees and their families and friends are invited to attend a two-part science event to learn about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the spacecraft’s connection to the historic Voyager spacecraft visit to Neptune in 1989 and beyond. New Horizons will conduct the first close flyby of Pluto in July 2015. Part 1 (1-2 p.m.) will feature: Dr. Jim Green, Director of NASA’s Planetary Division; Dr. Ed Stone, Voyager Project Scientist; and Dr. Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator. Part 2 (2-3 p.m.) will feature several New Horizons science team members giving accounts of their work during the Voyager Neptune encounter and their new assignments on the Pluto mission.

OCIO Let’s Talk Series: Social Media
Date/Time: August 27, 12 noon
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: John Bosco, 358-1352
Join Presidential Management Council Fellow Beth Hochberg for a presentation on social media. She will provide an overview and discuss her experience in the Federal agency use of social media and technology platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn. Hochberg is detailed to NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer from the General Services Administration’s Office of General Counsel. For Lync and dial-in information, contact John Bosco.

Feds Feed Families Campaign - Raffle
Date: August 4-26
Winners Selected: August 27
Donation Drop Off: Tiffany Schuffert, 4X59; Mary Dunn, 4H28; Sheila Jackson, 4D42
Contact: Tiffany Schuffert, 358-4513; Mary Dunn, 358-2789
Feds Feed Families is holding a raffle for the following items: "Coffee with Administrator Charlie Bolden," gift baskets, and gift cards. Tickets are available for the suggested donations of: 2 cans or boxes of food for 1 ticket or 5 cans or boxes of food for 6 tickets. Winners will be selected Wednesday, August 27. To receive raffle tickets, bring your donations to Tiffany Schuffert in Room 4X59, Mary Dunn in 4H28 or Sheila Jackson in 4D42.

Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL)
Date/Time: August 27, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 1Q39
Registration: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division is sponsoring an ASL brown bag workshop. Led by a NASA employee Larisa Aranbayeva, this course will challenge you to learn a new language and develop an awareness of the community and culture of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Pre-registration is mandatory.

Skin Cancer Seminar
Date/Time: August 27, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 1O35
Register: Chinita Jones, 358-2600
Join Dr. McKinley-Grant for a lunch and learn session on skin cancer and prevention.

Skin Cancer Screening
Date/Time: August 27, 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Health Unit
Register: Chinita Jones, 358-2600
All HQ Federal employees are encouraged to participate in a free skin cancer screening provided by Dr. McKinley-Grant.

Panel Discussion: Ancient Earth, Alien Earths
Date/Time: August 20, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: HQ auditorium
Contact: Kathy Carroll, 358-7200
HQ employees and their families and friends are invited to "Ancient Earth, Alien Earths: What Earth's History Can Teach Us About Planets Around Other Stars." The program will feature leading scientists in the fields of early Earth and habitability, co-sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian.

Headquarters Blog IT
Contact: Mary Shouse, 358-0625
Victor Thompson, HQ CIO and Director of the Information Technology and Communications Division (ITCD), has launched a new blog to increase the understanding and awareness of ITCD's mission. "HQ Blog IT" will be updated twice a month, providing information to the HQ community about ITCD's strategic direction, customer service improvement efforts, ITCD products and services, and to address emerging issues. Bookmark HQ Blog IT, and be sure to participate in the dialog of the IT world at HQ.

Exchange Council Crab Feast
Date/Time: August 21, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd floor patio
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566 or Tekla Colón, 358-2583
Purchase tickets in the Exchange Store for $20 each July 21- August 18. Until August 11, ticket sales will be limited to 2 tickets per NASA badged employee. After August 11, available tickets can be purchased on a first come, first served basis. 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.

Instant Meeting Audio Conference Service
Contact: Linda Hong, 358-0462
The NASA Instant Meeting Audio Conferencing System (also known as a Bridge Line, Meet-Me Number, or Teleconference Number) is transitioning to a new vendor. Users who have an existing account (conference service number) will receive new credentials (new dial-in number, leader and participant passcodes) via an automated e-mail (Subject: "Welcome to NASA Communications Services Office (CSO) Instant Meeting Audio Conferencing Service") by July 31. Be sure to update your existing meeting invites with your new dial-in number and participant codes. Visit the Instant Meeting Audio Conferencing Changes Web page for details. Register for training on the CSO Web site.

2014 Headquarters Honor Awards Nomination
Contact: Rhonda Taylor 358-0444
Deadline: August 13
The Human Resources Management Division has announced the call for the 2014 Headquarters 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. All nominations must be submitted through the NASA Automated Awards System (NAAS) by your organization's Awards POC and forwarded to the Headquarters Awards Officer, Rhonda Taylor by Wednesday, August 13.

Agency Honor Awards – Distinguished Service and Public Service Medal Presentations on NASA TV
Date/Time: August 14, 1 p.m.
Location: NASA TV and online at http://www.nasa.gov
You may watch this program on NASA TV or on the Agency Web site. NASA will recognize employees who made outstanding contributions to the organization this past year — enabling missions to explore and discover the world and universe around us. William Borucki, Principal Investigator for NASA's Kepler mission, will speak about one of these missions. For details see the Agency Honor Awards Program Web site.

OCIO Let's Talk Series Event: NASA Ombuds Program
Date/Time: August 13, 12 noon EDT
Location: 1225 I Street, N.W. or via Virtual Meeting
Contact:John Bosco, 358-1352
HQ civil service and contractor employees are invited to join OCIO Executive Officer Ruth McWilliams for a presentation on the NASA Ombuds program. This program was established in 2005 as an informal, independent, confidential and neutral means of communicating and facilitating the resolution of safety, organizational performance, and mission related issues without fear of retaliation. For Lync and dial-in information, contact John Bosco.

NASA HQ 2014 Safety Culture Survey New Item
Deadline: August 15
Contact: Christopher Warren, 358-1751 or
Autumn Crum, 358-0854
All civil servants and contractors are encouraged to express your views about safety culture at HQ by completing the NASA HQ Safety Culture Survey. You may take the survey on any computer – at work or at home. For more information, visit the FASD Safety Web page (NASA only).

Feds Feed Families Campaign
Date: June 1- Aug. 27
Location: Donation boxes - East and West Lobbies
Contact: Tiffany Schuffert, 358-4513 and Mary Dunn, 358-2789
This year’s Feds Feed Families Campaign provides another opportunity for Headquarters employees to provide support to their families, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Bring your donations of non-perishable food items to the collection boxes in the East and West Lobbies or in your office. You also may donate fresh food (fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts) directly to a food pantry. (For a list of food pantries visit: http://www.ampleharvest.org/fff For additional information, visit the HR Portal at: https://hr.nasa.gov (for NASA civil service employees) or http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=feds-feed-families

NASA Day at Nationals Park
Date/Time: August 16, 7:05 p.m.
Location: Nationals Park
Contact: Maurissa Contee, 358-0162
The Exchange Council is sponsoring NASA Day at Nationals Park. Bring your family and friends to watch the Nationals take on the Pirates. Tickets are available in the Exchange Store for $26 per person. Purchase tickets soon. Only 100 tickets are available.

New Publication on NASA's International Activities
Location: Room 5U39
Contact: Bridgette Spencer, 358-0400
HQ employees can pick up free, printed copies of Global Reach: A View of NASA's International Cooperation. This new NASA publication is also available as a free download in eBook or PDF form. The principle of international cooperation has been a guiding philosophy for NASA since its establishment in 1958. This publication includes a collection of many of NASA's international activities, providing a sense of the breadth of NASA's cooperation with other nations, as well as the accompanying benefits that such cooperation has always yielded.

Emotional Intelligence for Senior Leaders
Date/Time: August 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Room CV31
Register: SATERN
Contact: Adib Sabree, 358-0922
In this workshop, you will receive your Emotional Intelligence (EI) scores and discuss how they relate to leadership as reflected in the most recent Employee Viewpoint Survey results and other leadership topics. Pre-work requirements will be sent to you after you register in SATERN.

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 more information, visit the Smartcard-Only Web page.

Renovation Update: Historical Reference Collection
Date: Closed Until Summer 2014
Contact: Jane Odom, 358-0386
As part of the ongoing building renovation, the History Office's Historical Reference Collection closed on October 25 and will reopen this summer. For those of you who have been wondering how our renovation project is going, the answer is "great!" We got a sneak peek recently. Check out the photos. During the renovation, reference services will continue. However, the archival staff will only be able to provide very limited reference assistance by searching the History Office digital repository. Contact the archivists on 358-0384. For more information and periodic updates, visit the NASA History Program
Office Web site
.

Emotional Intelligence for Team Members
Date/Time: July 30, 8:30 am. – 4 p.m.
Location: Room CV31
Register: SATERN
Contact: Adib Sabree, 358-0922
In this workshop you will receive your Emotional Intelligence (EI) scores and learn the benefits of EI as a team member. Pre-work requirements will be sent to you after you register in SATERN.

OCIO "Let's Talk" Series Presentation
Date/Time: July 30, noon EDT
Location: 1225 I Street, N.W.
Contact:John Bosco, 358-1352
Topic #35: The Emerging Commercial Space Transportation Industry. Guest speaker Ken Davidian, Director of Research for the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, will highlight how the U.S. Government and NASA are playing a vital role in developing this new economic sector. For Lync and dial-in information, contact John Bosco.

Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows: Upgrade and Training
Date: Beginning: July 29, 2014
Contact: Dennis Groth, 358-2252
All ACES Windows computers running Microsoft Office 2010 will be upgraded to Office 2013. The installation will occur in a phased approach beginning July 29 using Client Automation Enterprise (CAE) during the standard Tuesday night patching window. An e-mail will be sent 1 week prior to deployment, and a reminder message will be issued 1 day before the installation. For details on how to prepare for this upgrade and what to expect, see the Office 2013 Upgrade Web page. Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) are available now to help you get familiar with the new features of Office 2013. Also, plan to attend a 1-hour demo on "What's New in Office 2013".

Diversity and Inclusion Program
Date/Time: July 23, 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: HQ auditorium
Contact: Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
All HQ employees are invited to attend the HQ Diversity and Inclusion Program. The program will feature keynote speaker LeVar Burton, actor, educator, and entrepreneur. HQ employees are invited to showcase diversity at NASA HQ by displaying their personal cultural artifacts or memorabilia in the West Lobby from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. If interested, contact the EODM Division on 358-1098 by July 11. Also, if you require a reasonable accommodation for the program, contact the EODM Division by July 18.

Lean Six Sigma Champion Training
Date/Time: July 21, 1-5 p.m.
Location: Room 8Q40
Register: Nancy Baugher, 358-1061
This 4-hour class is for NASA leaders who are assigned responsibilities in program/project management or line management at the branch head level or above.

Appropriation Law Refresher Class
Date/Time: July 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: MIC 6
Contact: Kay Gilley, 358-0632
This 1-day course is for students who have had appropriations training within the last 3 years. It provides a refresher and update on key appropriations law principles and uses recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) case decisions to revisit major topics in appropriations law. Register in SATERN or contact Jenny Dang, 358-2055.

NSSC On-Site Retirement Counseling Sessions
Date/Time: July 21 – 25, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: TBD
Contact: Sheila Jackson, 358-0956
Appointments are limited to employees who are retiring within the year and have not had a previous session. Please request a retirement estimate no later than COB June 20. Appointments will be scheduled July 21-25, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Apply For Leading Through Influence Training
Date: September 8-12
Apply By: July 15
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
Applicants should be GS 13-15 employees who have significant leadership responsibilities, but do not have any direct reports. All applications using the NHQ 310 form, should be submitted by July 15, 2014 to Jenny Dang at jenny.l.dang@nasa.gov.

New NASA History Book Available
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Location: Room CP72 or free download
HQ employees can pick up free, printed copies of the new NASA History book, "Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce," by Roger D. Launius (NASA SP-2014-4554) from the NASA Headquarters History Office, in Room CP72. A free download of this book is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/historical_analogs_detail.html

The Search for Life in the Universe
Date/Time: July 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: HQ auditorium
Contact: Dwayne Brown, 358-1726
NASA employees and their family and friends are invited to attend. During the program, astrophysics scientists and engineers will share what humankind can achieve with next generation technologies to help answer the question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Panelists include John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate; John Mather, Goddard Space Flight Center; Sarah Seager, MIT, David Gallagher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Matt Mountain, Space Telescope Science Institute. Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist, will be the moderator. For additional information, visit: http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2014/06/27/TheSearchforLifeintheUni.jpeg

HQ Concourse Level ViTS Room Reopens
Location: CD61
Contact: ViTS Team, 358-0146
The Concourse level Video Teleconferencing Facility (ViTS) has reopened following renovation. For details on how to schedule a ViTS conference, visit the HQ ViTS Web page.

Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL)
Date/Time: July 9, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 1Q39
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936 (for registration)
The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division is resuming ASL brown bag workshops. Led by a NASA employee, Larisa Aranbayeva, this "hands on" course will challenge you to learn a new language while developing an awareness of the community and culture of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Pre-registration is mandatory.

Update: NASA-Wide Fitness Challenge NASA MOVES!
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
Armstrong Flight Research Center placed first in the agency fitness challenge held in May 2014, followed by White Sands Test Facility and Johnson Space Center. Headquarters placed fourth overall. Congratulations to the HQ "Morning Crew" team, which placed third overall NASA-wide. The top three HQ participants were S. Charles Overby, John Brett, and John O'Fallon. Certificates will be distributed to all participants

.Update: Health & Safety Fair Winners
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138 and Christopher Warren, 358-1751
Brian Naylor was the winner of the golf challenge with Administrator Bolden. The seven raffle prizewinners were Rhonda Benning, Sherry Copeland, Angelia Davis, Gene Dickson, Michelle Robertson, Daniel Shen, and Felicia Toney.

NASA HQ 2014 Softball Schedule and Scores
Date: July 8
6 p.m. Game: "Space Fusion" vs. "Heeters" (HEOMD)
6:45 p.m. Game: "Silverbucks" (OCFO) vs. "Mighty Space Destroyers" (MSD)
Location: Amidon Field, 4th and G Streets, S.W.
Scores for July 1 games: "Silverbucks" defeated "Heeters" 14-4, and "MSD" defeated "Space Fusion" 14-7.
To join a team, contact Paul Brundage at Paul.d.brundage@nasa.gov

Workshop: Maximizing Your Strengths As a Manager
Date/Time: July 9, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room CV31
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
This workshop is designed to give you a better understanding of yourself and others and to support you in enhancing team effectiveness. Register in SATERN or contact Jenny Dang at 358-2055.

New NASA History Book Available
Title: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication, edited by Douglas Vakoch
(NASA SP-2013-4413)
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Printed copies for employees are available FREE from the NASA Headquarters History Office, Room CP72. A free download of this book is also available.

Classroom Training and Online Resources for Microsoft Lync
Class Dates/Times: See Training Schedule
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Microsoft Lync is the Agency solution for Instant Messaging (IM) and Web Conferencing. Learn about Lync for Windows or Macintosh through Computer Training Center (CTC) classroom courses, or at your own pace with helpful quick reference guides. Visit the CTC Lync Training page for training schedules and a complete selection of Lync documentation, including quick reference guides, user guides, FAQs, feature comparisons, and more. Two new reference guides have been added to specifically address ways for meeting attendees to join a Lync meeting.

NASA IT Labs FY 2014 Project Awardees Announcement
Contact: Brady Decker, 358-2520
NASA IT Labs is proud to announce its 2014 class of innovative IT research and development projects. IT Labs empowers NASA's IT heroes to develop capabilities that support NASA's mission needs. By leveraging a crowdsourcing/intrapreneurship model, and soliciting ideas from across NASA's brilliant workforce, IT Labs and the Office of the Chief Information Officer are better poised to identify, develop, and execute much-needed IT solutions that satisfy both near-term and long-term mission needs.

New Financial Reporting Tool – Business Objects (BOBJ)
NASA's new financial reporting tool, Business Objects (BOBJ) has replaced Business Warehouse (BW) and is currently available to all users! Required, hands-on, BOBJ Navigation Training is available for HQ as a Center (AIN:10) and NMO at JPL (AIN:55) users – register in SATERN today! Job aids are available on the BOBJ Job Aids Web page. The BOBJ Support Center, located in 4Q51, is now open for hands-on support (e.g. BW bookmark migration, navigation questions, etc.). For the latest BOBJ information, including the most up-to-date training schedule, visit the BOBJ Overview Web page on the BASO Web site. If you have additional questions regarding the transition to BOBJ, contact BASO Support or 202-358-4367.

Note: BW is still available, but will be shut down to users on August 31. Do not wait to make the transition to BOBJ!

HQ IT Services Return to Concourse
Contact: HITSS Customer Support, 358-0650
IT and Communication services at NASA HQ have relocated back to the concourse level following the renovation: Communications Support Service Center (CSSC), Software Library, User Resource Center (URC), and ViTS facility. For complete details, visit the ITCD Concourse Renovation Web page.

Second Floor Patio Closure
Date: June 6 – August 20, 2014
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
Due to the renovation of the 2nd floor, the 2nd floor patio will close on June 6. Employees who currently use the 2nd floor patio may use roof top or building front for all breaks. If using tobacco products, please stand 25 feet away from the building's entrance doors and only use the East side of the roof top. Completion of the 2nd floor is scheduled for August 20.

History Office Relocates to Room CP72
Contact: Jane Odom, 358-0386
The History Office contract staff and reference collection have moved back to Room CP72. Come visit to obtain copies of NASA History books or to place a reference request. The staff will use the digital repository to answer requests while the large reference collection of hardcopy documents is brought back from the warehouse. The office will reopen in late summer to personnel wishing to do their own research.

2014 NASA HQ Health and Safety Fair
Date/Time: June 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby, Auditorium, Multipurpose Room (CG69), and Glennan Rooms (1O35/1Q39)
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138 or
Christopher Warren, 358-1751
Come and participate in the 2014 NASA Headquarters Health and Safety Fair. All Headquarters employees and contractors are invited to attend. The fair will offer a range of health, safety, and wellness activities such as free screenings, seated massage, seminars, fitness classes, and demonstrations. Administrator Bolden will be speaking about Health and Safety at 12 noon in the James E. Webb Auditorium; afterwards join him in the Nike Golf Challenge.
For details, visit http://fasd.hq.nasa.gov/current_activities.html.

2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
Survey Period: May 6 - June 13, 2014
Contact: Kim Haney-Brown, 358-0433
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sent an email to all NASA permanent civil service employees encouraging them to complete the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (EVS). 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's mission. Please take a moment to complete the survey.

Call for Inspiring Stories for Women@NASA Web Site
Deadline: June 16, 2014
Contact: Mary Alice Diedrich, 358-1159
Women@NASA is looking for inspiring, non-traditional, and diverse stories about why NASA HQ civil service women came to NASA, why they have stayed, and how they have contributed to NASA's mission. NASA stories about women from all occupational series and experience levels are welcome. Stories may be submitted by women themselves or by any other NASA HQ civil service employee. Stories should be 500 - 1,000 words and be submitted electronically to Mary Alice Diedrich by COB, Monday, June 16. A panel will review the stories and recommend up to three women to be showcased on the Women@NASA Web site.

HQ Fitness Center Ribbon-Cutting / Grand Re-Opening
Ribbon-Cutting: June 6, 1- 3 p.m., Fitness Center (CC70)
Official Re-Opening: June 9, 6:30 a.m. Fitness Center
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138;
Christopher Warren, 358-1751
The HQ Fitness Center officially re-opens for business on Monday, June 9, at 6:30 a.m. in Room CC70. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with refreshments on Friday, June 6 from 1 - 3 p.m. Attend the ribbon-cutting to tour the Fitness Center and receive information on membership and wellness programs. All employees are invited to attend.

Health Unit Returns to Concourse
Temporarily Closed: May 28-June 6
Reopens In New Location: June 9
Contact: Chinita Jones, 358-2600
The Health Unit is temporarily closing down at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, and relocating back to its original location in the HQ Building, Room CD70. The Health Unit will reopen on Monday, June 9. The Health Unit staff will be available during this time for emergencies and phone consultations at 358-2600. If you receive medication assistance from the Health Unit, contact them to make arrangements for services during this timeframe.

User Resource Center Open During Renovation
Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (walk-in service)
Location: 2U15
Contact: Kim Dwyer, 358-0650
The User Resource Center (URC) is open in its temporary location, room 2U15, during renovation of the Concourse level in. Walk in today for assistance with Windows and Macintosh applications (including core/above-core software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Photoshop, etc.), scanning, file conversions, archiving to CD-ROM, color printing and more.

NASA-wide Fitness Challenge: NASA MOVES!
Date: May 18-31, 2014
Registration: Begins May 9;
Contact: Janine Hardin, 202-302-5795
The Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters is sponsoring a 2-week agency-wide fitness competition called NASA MOVES! All personnel (including civil service, contract, temporary, and part-time) are encouraged to join their Center's team. To participate, you must sign up online to enter your activity steps. A wide range of physical activities can be converted into steps -- not just walking -- so everyone can participate in this campaign. Sign up begins on Friday, May 9 at: http://ohp.nasa.gov/health4life.

The Center with the most steps recorded (using a weighted formula) will receive a trophy as evidence of their efforts to encourage and promote employee health, fitness, and wellness. The Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer will also be awarding plaques suitable for display to the Center with the highest participation and the Center with the highest number of total steps recorded. All those who sign up will receive a certificate of participation.

Participating in this challenge is an easy way to jump-start your personal program to improve health, fitness and wellness.
         • The challenge goal of 10,000 steps/day is roughly equal to the surgeon general's recommendation to accumulate 30 minutes of activity most days of the week, which is enough to reduce risk for disease.
         • Adding just 2,000 more steps to your day can prevent weight gain--doing anything more than your current routine is beneficial.
         • Count steps at work, at home, on business travel, on vacation, or wherever you are.
         • There is no cost to sign up for this challenge.
         • No extra time is required to merely count your normal steps (but taking a few extra steps is strongly encouraged).

Training for New Travel System (HQ as a Center)
Date: Begins June 3, 2014
Register: SATERN
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 202-358-2301
Training for the new travel system, Concur Government Edition (CGE), will begin at HQ as a Center on June 3. All Arrangers and Approvers are required to take training before receiving the role in CGE! Training classes will be offered most days in June, at varying times, to provide all Arrangers and Approvers the opportunity to take training before the June 30 Go-Live of CGE. There will also be a CGE overview training for all travelers beginning on June 16. Visit the HQ ETS2 Training Web page for details and register for these courses in SATERN today!

Cyber Security Webinar: NASA PIV Smartcard
Date/Time: May 29, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Register: SATERN (Search ITS-NASA)
Contact: Marion Meissner, 358-0585
Join Dennis Kay, ICAM Engineering Lead for a Webinar on the NASA Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smartcard. Includes background on the smartcard and its required use within NASA and the Federal Government. Also, learn how the PIV smartcard interfaces with the Agency's access control system for user authentication and upcoming enhancements. Registration in SATERN is required; search ITS-NASA and select NASA Cyber Security Webinar.

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Program
Date/Time: May 30, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Location: U.S. Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
This year's program will include a viewing of Teja Arboleda's documentary film, "Model Minority: Do the Math," and a presentation by Arboleda on the impact of race-based stereotypes. This is a Southwest Interagency Committee (SWIC) program, and all HQ employees are invited to attend.

HQ IT Services Returning to Concourse Following Renovation
Date: Beginning May 27
Contact: HITSS Customer Support, 358-0650
Certain IT and communication services at NASA HQ are relocating back to the concourse level following renovation: Communications Support Service Center (CSSC), Software Library, User Resource Center (URC) and ViTS facility. For complete details, visit the ITCD Concourse Renovation Web page.

HQ IT & Communication Services Relocated During Concourse Renovation
Dates: Until Mid-June 2014
Contact: HITSS Customer Support, 358-0650
The concourse level of Headquarters building is undergoing renovation until June. During that time, certain IT and communication services have been relocated to other areas of the building. For details, including dates, service impacts and contact information, visit the ITCD Concourse Renovation Web page:

- Communications Support Service Center (CSSC): Room 2W79
- Software Library: Room 2Z33
- User Resource Center (URC): Room 2U15
- HQ ViTS Facility: Temporarily shut down (ViTS meetings may
  be held in any ViTS-capable room)

Education Outreach: Amidon-Bowen Elementary School
Date/Time: April 23 and 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 12:45-2 p.m.
Location: Amidon-Bowen Elementary School
Contact: Diane Clayton, 358-1582
All HQ personnel are invited to participate in NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) activity with students at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, near NASA Headquarters. You may join in for one or more sessions. For details on the BEST program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/best/index.html.

Property Awareness Day
Date/Time: May 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: William Burks, 358-5124
Stop by and learn more about property related topics like N-PROP, excessing equipment, equipment inventories and more.

Diversity and EEO Information and Awareness Guide
Contact: Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, 358-1098
The Diversity and EEO Information Resource Guide is a tool for helping managers, supervisors and employees better understand and utilize EEO processes, as well as to provide information on diversity and inclusion. To access the guide, visit: http://inside.nasa.gov/odeo/elearning.

OCIO Lunch and Learn Series: Wearables at NASA
Date/Time: May 21, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Brady Decker, 358-2520
You are invited to attend an informational presentation about "wearables" technology featuring Silica Labs and APX Technologies. Learn how heads-up displays can reach into backend systems for hands-free computing. See examples of how wearables, including Google Glass, are being used at NASA today. Come early and stay late for hands-on displays in the West Lobby.

Blacks In Government (BIG) Membership Drive
Date/Time: May 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: East and West lobbies
Contact: Vickie Walton, 358-1016
All HQ employees are invited to come to the East or West Lobby to learn more about the NASA Headquarters Chapter of BIG. Photos of events sponsored by the HQ BIG Chapter members will be available.

New HQ e-Gov Travel Services 2 (ETS2)
Contact:HQ Implementation Team, 358-0815
Learn more about the upcoming HQ ETS2 implementation of Concur Government Edition (CGE) on June 30, 2014. For information, helpful resources, and a listing of upcoming activities, visit the new HQ ETS2 Implementation Web page.

Headquarters Spring Golf Tournament
Date/Time: May 16, 8 a.m. shot gun start
Location: Andrews Air Force Base
Contact: John Hopkins, 358-2519; Gary Cox, 358-0413. The event will salute former NASA employee, Kelly Carter, who ran the NASA Headquarters Golf Tournament for several years, and who died March 7 after a long fight with cancer. The price per player is $95 and is paid online via credit card. The price includes green fees, chart, lunch, and beverages. There will also be prizes. Register yourself or your group on the NASA Golf Web page.

21st Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program
Date/Time: May 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C.
Bus Reservations: May 2; contact Elizabeth Walker, 358-0957
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
All HQ employees are invited to attend this program featuring eye-witness accounts and personal experiences of three ethnic cleansing survivors: Irene Fogel (Czech Jewish Holocaust), Cesare Frustaci (Italian Jewish Holocaust), and Sead Okic (Bosnian Muslim). The program also includes keynote speaker Major Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar, moderator Gordon Peterson (ABC/WJLA news anchor), the U.S. Army Brass Quintet ,and soprano Amy Kwon. For details, visit: http://holocaustremembrance.org. The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will provide bus transportation for HQ employees.

OCIO WESTPrime Web Services Road Show
Date/Time: May 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Roopangi Kadakia, 358-0219
Join us for an informational Agency presentation about the WESTPrime contract, which provides Web services across the Agency to the NASA Centers. The OCIO is sponsoring this road show to familiarize NASA personnel with the services WESTPrime offers, and the process for engaging the WESTPrime team for services. Learn how WESTPrime fits into the I3P Model, about Amazon Web services, application migration, and stay for the Q&A session. For more information, refer to the OCIO Web Services site.

21st Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program
Date/Time: May 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, N.W.
Bus Seating Reservations Due: May 2
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
All HQ employees are invited to attend this program featuring eye witness accounts and personal experiences of three ethnic cleansing survivors: Irene Fogel (Czech Jewish Holocaust), Cesare Frustaci (Italian Jewish Holocaust), and Sead Okic (Bosnian Muslim). Other participants include keynote speaker Major General Sharon K. G. Dunbar, moderator Gordon Peterson (ABC/WJLA news anchor), the U.S. Army Brass Quintet and soprano Amy Kwon. For details, visit the Holocaust Remembrance Program Web site. The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will provide bus transportation for HQ employees. To reserve bus seating, contact Elizabeth Walker at 358-0957 by Friday, May 2.

Business Objects Hands-On Training Available
Contact: BASO Support Center, 358-4367
Business Objects (BOBJ) hands-on training is available for "HQ as a Center" users. For details and the latest training schedule, visit: http://baso.hq.nasa.gov/baso/?/key-initiatives/business-objects.

Congressional Operations Seminar
Date/Time: May 5-8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Capitol Hill
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
NASA HQ civil servants at the GS-14 and above grade levels may apply as well at civil servants who conduct business on Capitol Hill. Register in SATERN or contact Jenny Dang, 358-2055.

Mentors Needed for High School Students at Career Event
Date/Time: May 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: National Youth Transitions Center; 2013 H Street N.W., Suite 300, Washington, D.C.
Contact: Diane Clayton, 358-1582
School Talk DC and the DC Metro Business Leadership Network are sponsoring a career exploration event for high school students with disabilities in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Federal employees are needed as mentors.

"IT Talk" Newsletter – April-June 2014 Issue
Contact: Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
Learn more about "The Next IT Decade." Additional features include a tribute to former NASA HQ CIO Kelly Carter, the 2014 Space Apps challenge, enhancing IT security at NASA, simulation technologies, teleworking solutions, Agency electronic forms, I3P updates, NASA IT Labs projects and more. Read the April-June 2014 issue of the IT Talk newsletter.

NASA HQ 2014 Softball Challenge
Date/Time: May 13 - July 29, 7 p.m.
Location: Amidon Field, 4th and G Streets, S.W.
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
Teams are being organized for the 2014 season. To join a team, contact one of the prospective coaches: Peter Panetta, 358-0696; Cheryl Parker, 358-0252; George Gonzalez, 358-1630; Jesse Rager, 368-1018; Angel Otero, 358-2275; or Harvey Blount, 358-4400. To form a team contact Paul Brundage.

FY 2014 Annual Information Security and Privacy Awareness Training
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Contact: Aaron Goad, 358-1014
All NASA HQ personnel with IT access are required to complete the mandatory FY 2014 Annual Information Technology Security and Privacy Awareness Training (ITS-014-001) in SATERN by Thursday, July 31, 2014. No extensions will be granted. 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. Reactivation of access could take several days. For more information including instructions for accessing the training in SATERN, visit the Information Security Training and Awareness Web page (accessible to NASA only).

New HQ Travel Office Newsletter
Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
Learn more about all things related to HQ travel, including FedTraveler.com and the HQ e-Gov Travel Services 2 (ETS2) implementation of Concur Government Edition (CGE). Read the new monthly HQ Travel Office newsletter HQ Travel Spot.

Congressional Operations Seminar
Date/Time: May 5-8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Capitol Hill
Register: SATERN or contact Jenny Dang, 358-2055
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
Facilitated by Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute, participants receive briefings from experts in the field, have the opportunity to attend committee hearings, and observe floor action. NASA HQ civil servants at the GS-14 level and above may apply as well at civil servants who conduct business on Capitol Hill.

EPCS Overview Briefing - 2013-2014 EPCS End of Year Performance Ratings
Date/Time: April 30, 1:30 -2:30 p.m.
Location: Glennan Assembly Room
Contact: Felicia Smith, 358-2407
On April 30, 2014, the Standard Performance Appraisal Communication Environment (SPACE) will be available to record Employee Performance Communication System (EPCS) end-of-year performance year ratings. Final ratings are due in SPACE by June 3, 2014. Headquarters employees are invited to attend an EPCS End-of-Year Overview briefing. SATERN registration is not necessary.

Updated Remote Access Guide is Now Available
The newly updated NASA HQ Remote Access Guide is now available. Updates include details on the latest software versions and new technology -- including Lync Instant Messaging, Lync Conferencing, and Cisco AnyConnect VPN for Macintosh. Users may access the guide online or pick up a copy on CD-ROM from the User Resource Center (URC), Room 2U15, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or from the Computer Training Center (CTC), Room 4D72, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Training: NASA Reimbursable Agreements
Date/Time: April 24, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Keya Briscoe, 358-2436
Register: SATERN (SATERN ID: 73309)
A CFO University training opportunity. This course introduces both business and technical personnel to developing, pricing and implementing reimbursable agreements between NASA and other government or commercial entities. It reflects recently-augmented NASA reimbursable policy contained in NPR 9090.1, and includes multiple exercises and pricing scenarios.

Training: Budget Formulation/Budget Execution
Date/Time: April 22 and 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 8Q40
Register: SATERN (SATERN ID: 73303)
Contact: Keya Briscoe, 358-2436
A CFO University training opportunity. The Budget Formulation course provides an overview of NASA’s PPBE guidance, processes, timeframes, and roles. The Budget Execution course provides an understanding of the functions and processes involved in expending the NASA budget.

Take Your Children to Work Day
Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Equal Employment Opportunity and
Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
This year NASA HQ will not have a formal program for Take Your Children to Work (TYCTW) Day. However, if parents wish to bring their children to work to have them shadow them on April 24, the national TYCTW observance day, they may do so. This national observance is designed to expose children to what a parent or mentor does during the workday, as well as to different careers. NASA HQ employees are encouraged to use this day as an opportunity to bring their children to work to give them a glimpse of what their workday is like and their work atmosphere. Parents may arrange to have their children shadow them or a person in a career they might be interested in learning more about, or plan some other work activity. Plan now to ensure that you and your children have a great day. Registration is not required. Parents should follow the standard security sign-in process for their children as they would for any visitors to NASA HQ.

HQ Travel SPOT Newsletter – April Issue
<Contact: HQ Travel Office, 358-2301
The April issue of HQ Travel Spot newsletter for HQ as a Center is now available. Learn more about HQ as a Center travel and related topics, including FedTraveler.com and the e-Gov Travel Services 2 (ETS2) implementation of Concur Government Edition (CGE).

Conflict Management Training Sessions
Date/Time/Location: April 21, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., MIC-5A (5H42)
Date/Time/Location: April 23, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., PRC (9H40)
Registration: SATERN or E-mail LaShawn McDuffie
This classroom-based training focuses on effective communication, trust-building, collaborative problem solving, and basic conflict resolution skills for managers and employees. This program is designed to provide managers, supervisors, and employees with effective skills and tools to prevent workplace conflicts and to more strategically address workplace conflicts that occur through early engagement in conflict prevention and resolution discussions. The ultimate goal is to reduce the need for NASA employees to utilize more formal processes such as the EEO complaint process.

HQ Library Grand Re-opening
Date/Time: April 22, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: Glennan Memorial Library (Room 1W53)
Contact: Rick Spencer, NASA HQ Glennan Memorial Library, 202-358-0172
The Glennan Memorial Library and Information Center re-opens in its new location in Room 1W53, off the East Lobby at the garage elevators. Find out how the library can help you and how the Information Center can get your message out to students and visitors interested in NASA. All employees are invited to attend a ribbon cutting and for refreshments.

Coffee and Donut Social
Date/Time: April 16, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
The Exchange Council and the NASA Federal Credit Union are holding a coffee and donut social. All employees are invited to attend. Volunteers are needed to help with the social. Interested employees should contact Paul Brundage.

Exchange Council Book Fair
Date/Time: April 14 and April 15, 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 all ages.

Take Your Children to Work Day
Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity
Management Division, 358-1098
Take Your Children to Work Day is April 24. This national observance is designed to expose children to what a parent or mentor does during the workday, as well as to different careers. NASA HQ employees are encouraged to use this day as an opportunity to bring their children to work to give them a glimpse of what their workday is like and their work atmosphere. Parents may arrange to have their children shadow them or a person in a career they might be interested in learning more about, or plan some other work activity. Plan now to ensure that you and your children have a great day.

HQ Presentation: Balancing Work and Personal Life
Date/Time: April 15, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Program Review Center (Room 9H40) and Virtual (dial-in)
Contact: Jody Williams, 358-3706
Come to a presentation focused on managing responsibilities to maintain a happier, more balanced life. All HQ employees are welcome. Contact Jody Williams if you wish to attend the session remotely. She will provide handouts, presentation materials, and dial-in information.

WorkLife4You Webinar on Emotional Intelligence
Date/Time: April 8, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Contact: Jody Williams, 358-3706
Every month WorkLife4You (WL4Y) offers different Webinars for civil servants. This session focuses on getting along with others, which is the key to success. Participants will learn how to understand what they are feeling, and how it affects their moods, daily life, and others. To register, go to: http://www.worklife4you.com. Existing WL4Y users should go to "Live Webinars;" new users need to enroll by using registration code NASAHQ at Start Now! If you miss the live Webinar, you may access it in the "On Demand Webinar Library.

Training for Supervisors
Title: CohortNetwork: Managing Employees with Attendance Problems
Date/Time: April 9, noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
HQ supervisors are encouraged to attend this short session provided in partnership with the Office of the General Counsel to become more aware of NASA’s leave and absence policies and procedures, identify any patterns or trends which may cause concern, resolve absence abuse and implement disciplinary procedures where necessary. Register in SATERN or contact Jenny Dang on 358-2055 if SATERN help is needed.

Deadline Extended for Vendor Applications:
Exchange Council Spring Craft Fair

Craft Fair Date/Time: April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Applications Due: March 21 (new date)
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909 or Denise Holley, 358-2566
HQ employees and their families and friends are invited to sell crafts and other merchandise at the Spring Craft Fair. Application forms are available in the Exchange Store, from Denise Holley (Room 7G24) or Laverne Drayton (Room 7U27), or from the Exchange Council events calendar online: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/exchange. Vendors must submit applications to the Exchange Store staff no later than March 21 (deadline extended).

Slip, Trip, and Fall Mishap Prevention
Contact: Christopher Warren, 358-1751
The Facilities and Administrative Services Division (FASD) has updated its HQ Safety Web page (NASA only) to include a PowerPoint presentation on preventing the number one mishap at NASA HQ -- slips, trips, and falls. All NASA employees are encouraged to review this safety presentation.

NASA Scholarship Fund Applications Due
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
Contact: Sheila Jackson, 358-0956 or Adib Sabree, 358-0922
Eligible dependents of NASA employees may apply for NASA Scholarship Fund, Inc. 2014 scholarship opportunities. For applications and eligibility requirements, visit the NASA Scholarship Web site. Applications due in Houston by March 31.

NASA TV Coverage of Expedition 39/40 Crew Launch
Date/Time: March 25, 5:17 p.m. EDT
Location: NASA TV (see schedule http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv)
Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Soyuz Commander, Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineer, Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will launch to the International Space Station in a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV coverage begins at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The crew will dock to the station's Poisk module less than 6 hours later at 11:04 p.m. NASA TV docking coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. Coverage of the hatch opening begins on NASA TV at 12:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, March 26.

Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum
Date/Time: March 26, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: NASA TV and online (seating in HQ Auditorium at capacity)
Contact: Erin Mahoney, 358-2207
During this public forum, NASA experts will provide a status update on Asteroid Redirect Mission concepts and summarize how responses from the 2013 Request for Information are helping to inform planning for the entire asteroid initiative—the redirect mission and the grand challenge. Participants will learn about new ways to get involved in the initiative and participate in discussions with NASA asteroid experts. Auditorium seating has reached capacity. HQ employees are asked to participate virtually via NASA TV and Twitter – send questions to #AskNASA. To learn more, visit the Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum Web site.

NASA 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Survey
Deadline: March 25
Contact: Barbara Spotts, 358-0946
The Agency has launched its second Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Assessment Survey for NASA civil service employees. The purpose of the survey is to assess the current state of diversity and inclusion throughout the agency. Employee feedback from the first survey led NASA to establishing agency and center D&I plans. HQ civil service employees received the survey invitation via e-mail in February. Check your email and complete the survey by March 25.

Pilot Participants Needed: Microsoft Office 2013 For Windows
Registration Deadline: March 18
Contact: Joe Lanasa, 358-0974
A pilot program to assess the compatibility of Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows with the NASA ACES Windows environment will be conducted March 25 – April 10. Participants will use Office 2013 as part of their normal day-to-day activities, record test results and provide general feedback about the overall experience. If you are interested, follow the registration instructions on the Pilot Web page.

Diversity and Inclusion Forum With Dr. Steve Robbins
Title: "An Open Mind is a Terrible Thing to Close"
Date/Time: March 18, 1-2:30 p.m. or March 19, 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
Dr. Steve L. Robbins will focus on understanding human behavior in a world of human differences, and recognizing the power of open-mindedness. Learn how to reframe "diversity" as a problem of closed-mindedness and develop strategies and techniques that lead to more open-mindfulness and thus, more inclusion and innovation. These sessions are open to all NASA civil service and contractor employees. Register in SATERN or sign in at the door.

Closed for Renovation:
Historical Reference Collection

Date: October 25 – Summer 2014
Contact: Jane Odom, 358-0386
The History Office's Historical Reference Collection located in Room CO72 will close as part of the ongoing building renovation, and will not reopen until next summer. Reference services will continue in the interim. Contact the archivists on 358-0384 for assistance. For copies of NASA History Office publications, visit the HQ Library in Room 2K70.

NASA Goddard Ski Club European Ski Trip
Dates: March 8-16, 2014
Contact: Harvey Walden, 301-286-9140
Headquarters employees are invited to sign up for the Goddard Ski Club's trip to Engelberg and Basel, Switzerland, scheduled March 8-16, 2014. The cost is $2,075 per person includes airfare, hotel, and meals. For details and payments due in October and January, visit: http://gewa.gsfc.nasa.gov/clubs/ski.

Vendor Applications:
Exchange Council Spring Craft Fair

Craft Fair Date/Time: April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Applications Due: March 14
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909 or Denise Holley, 358-2566
HQ employees, their families and friends are invited to sell crafts and other merchandise at the Spring Craft Fair. Please see Denise Holley (Room 7G24) or Laverne Drayton (Room 7U27) for applications or download the form from the Exchange Council events calendar for February at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/exchange Applications also will be available in the Exchange Store when it reopens. Vendors must submit applications to the Exchange Store staff no later than March 14.

Office Glass Washing
Date: January 27 - February 26
Contact: Stacey Brock-Watkins, 358-1291
The NASA HQ building-wide office glass-cleaning project begins January 27 starting on the 9th floor West end and finishing on the 3rd floor. All work will be done by the evening janitorial shift except for secure areas (which will be coordinated separately). Personal items must be removed from overhead storage bins and anything attached to the glass on the inside of offices and conference rooms before work begins on your floor. Leave offices unlocked during your scheduled window cleaning dates.

ACES End-User Survey
Deadline: January 29
Contact: Joe Lanasa, 358-0974
In an effort to improve ACES products and services, all HQ personnel are invited to participate in NASA's annual end-user survey. The survey will be available January 15-29, 2014. Responses are anonymous.

Headquarters 2013-2014 CFC Success
Contact: Rita Sambruna, 358-2166
We did it! Thanks to your generosity, NASA Headquarters has surpassed its goal for Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) giving for the 2013-2014 campaign, raising a total amount of $318,651.94, or 120.7 percent of the target goal. Employee participation was at 38.7 percent. Not only have you helped the agency reach its final goal, but most importantly, your donations will be making a difference in someone's life for weeks and months to come. Here's to another successful season of giving at Headquarters.

NASA Day of Remembrance Observance
Date/Time: January 31, 9 a.m.
Location: Arlington National Cemetery
Transportation Registration: January 24
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 from NASA HQ is available to employees who register with Jakkie Foster by January. 24. Buses leave at 8:30 a.m. on January 31.

NASA HISTORY NEWS AND NOTES NEWSLETTER
Contact: Yvette Smith 358-5196
The latest (4th quarter 2013) edition of the NASA History News and Notes newsletter is available online at: http://history.nasa.gov/nltrc.pdf
Previous editions are available at: http://history.nasa.gov/histnews.htm

NASA Exchange Store Closed During Renovation
Dates: Through January 2014
Contact: Donna Woods, 358-2556 or Lori Parker, 358-1351
The NASA Exchange Store is closed for renovations until the end of January 2014.

Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays,
January 7-30, 2014
, 1 p.m.
Location: Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room).
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees for the next session are: $80 for the entire session of classes, $40 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 Yoga Fusion Studio, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center.

Postal Convenience Center at HQ CLOSED
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
The Postal Convenience Center previously located off the West Lobby (by the NASA Federal Credit Union) is now closed. 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.

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

Security Office: New Location
New Location: Room 1J22
Contact: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
To enhance customer service, the Security Office has been permanently relocated to Room 1J22 (former HQ Library location). The Locksmith office and the Badging Office are now open for business in the new location.

Fitness Center Relocation -- Stakeholder Meeting
Date/Time: January 22, 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Multipurpose Room (CG40)
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
The Fitness Center will be closed from January 31 - June 8, 2014, and relocating to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fitness Center during the concourse renovation. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the entry and usage process and answer your questions about the relocation. The HHS Fitness Center will be available to NASA Fitness Center members starting February 3. It is located at 3rd and Independence Ave., S.W.

2013 HQ Combined Federal Campaign Extended
Deadline Extended: January 15, 2014
Contact: Karen Northon, 358-1540
Due to the Government shutdown, the 2013 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has been extended until January 15. If you have not already given, please consider giving today. Your tax-deductible donations make a difference to charities that provide assistance to people here in the Washington Metro area, throughout the nation and the world. To donate online, log in to Employee Express or visit http://www.cfcnca.org. There are more than 4,400 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit the 2013 CFC Web site.

High Risk Conflict Resolution (HRCR) Workshops
Dates: January 14 or 15 or 16
Times: Morning Sessions: 8 a.m. – 12 noon; or Afternoon Sessions: 1-5 p.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room (CG40)
Register: Lakeesha Matthews, 358-2010
Sponsored by the Office of Protective Services, HRCR is a 4-hour course designed for all Government and contractor employees. Workshops will be held January 14, 15 and 16 in the morning and afternoon. Students will learn and practice the basic survival skills on how to react to workplace violence incidents such as active shooters at work and while at other public areas as you venture out in your everyday lives. For details, visit the OPS Web site. To register and schedule your specific time, contact Lakeesha Matthews.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
Date/Time: January 8, 11 a.m.
Location: Wilbur J. Cohen Auditorium,
330 Independence Ave., S.W.
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
All Headquarters employees are invited to attend this year's program featuring keynote speaker, Msgr. Raymond East, pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. The program will also feature a cultural presentation. Sponsored by the Southwest Interagency Committee Partnership.

Training for Leads, Supervisors, and Manager
Title: Management CohortNetwork: Lessons Learned from the Furlough
Date/Time: January 8, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
After last October's 16-day shutdown, there were many lessons learned. Attend a panel discussion on lessons learned by NASA as an organization and by Agency managers. Register in SATERN or contact Terri Mitchell on 358-2077.


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