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Congressional Hearing Calendar
111th Congress
Second Session

Thursday, March 5, 2009
House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chr. Giffords)
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Cost Management Issues in NASA’s Acquisitions and Programs

Hearing Charter

Opening Statement of Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords

Witnesses:
Mr. Christopher Scolese, Acting Administrator, NASA
Ms. Cristina T. Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office
Mr. Gary P. Pulliam, Vice President, Civil and Commercial Operations, The Aerospace Corporation


Wednesday, March 18, 2009
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agenices (Chrm. Mollohan)
10:00 am, H-309 The Capitol

Climate and the Role of Satellites in Understanding Climate and Prediction

Witnesses:
Dr. Robert Bindschadler, PhD, Goddard Space Flight Center, Chief Scientist
Dr. Compton Tucker, PhD, Goddard Space Flight Center, Earth Scientist


Thursday, March 19, 2009
House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (Chrm. Miller)
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Oversight of Stimulus Funding

Witnesses:
Panel I
Dr. Cora Marrett/National Science Foundation
The Honorable Ronald R. Spoehel/NASA Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Ellen Herbst/Department of Commerce
Mr. Matthew Rogers/Department of Energy
Panel II
Mr. Tim Cross/National Science Foundation
Mr. Todd Zinser/Department of Commerce
Mr. Gregory H. Friedman/Department of Energy
Ms. Eileen Norcross, George Mason University
Ms. Patricia Dalton/Government Accountability Office


Thursday, March 26, 2009
House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chr. Giffords)
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Alternative Aviation Fuels

Hearing Charter

Opening Statement of Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords

Witnesses:
Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
Other Witnesses:
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)/Dr. Lourdes Maurice
Boeing Commercial Airplace/Billy Glover
Pratt & Whitney/Alan Epstein
Continential Airlines/Holden Shannon


Wednesday, April 22, 2009
House Committee on Science and Technology (Chrm. Gordon)
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing Charter

Monitoring, Measurement and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions II: The Role of Federal and Academic Research and Monitoring Programs

Opening Statement of Chairman Bart Gordon

Witness:
Dr. Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, Director, Earth Systems Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ms. Dina Kruger, Director, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Beverly Law, Professor, Global Change Forest Science, Oregon State University, and Science Chair, AmeriFlux Network
Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Michael Freilich, Director, Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dr. Richard Birdsey, Project Leader, Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Science, USDA Forest Service, and Chair, Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group
Dr. Albert Heber, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Science Advisor
National Air Emission Monitoring Study Director, Purdue Agricultural Air Quality Laboratory, Purdue University -- Additional Documents


Thursday, April 23, 2009
House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommitteee on Energy and Environment (Chrm. Baird, D-WA)
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing Charter

Continued Oversight of NOAA’s Geostationary Weather Satellite System

Opening Statement of Chairman Brian Baird

Witnesses:
Ms. Mary Ellen Kicza, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mr. David Powner
, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office
Mr. George Morrow, Director, Flight Projects Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Tuesday, April 28, 2009
House Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chrm. Giffords, D-AZ)
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing Charter

Space Debris

Opening Statement of Chairwoman Gabreille Giffords

Witness:
Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, And Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command
Mr. Nicholas Johnson,
Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mr. Richard DalBello, Vice President of Government Relations Intelsat General Corporation
Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute George Washington University

Additional Documents Submitted for the Record


Wednesday, April 29, 2009
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agenices (Chrm. Mollohan)


NASA's FY 2010 Budget Request

Witness:
NASA Acting Administrator Scolese


Thursday, May 19, 2009
House Committee on Science and Technology (Chrm. Gordon)


NASA's FY 2010 Budget Request

Witness:
NASA Acting Administrator Chris Scolese


Thursday, May 21, 2009
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agenices (Chr. Mikulski)


NASA's FY 2010 Budget Request

Witness:
NASA Acting AdministratorChris Scolese


Thursday, May 21, 2009
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Science and Space (Chrm. Nelson)


NASA's FY 2010 Budget Request

Witness:
NASA Acting AdministratorChris Scolese


Thursday, June 18, 2009
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing before the House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chr. Giffords, D-AZ)

External Perspectives on th FY 2010 NASA Budget Request and Related Issues

Witnesses:

NASA Advisory CouncilC/Kenneth Ford
NASA Advisory Council/Robert M. Hanisee
Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel/John Marshall
ASEB/Raymond Colladay
SSB/Berrien Moore, III
Vice President for Space Systems
Aerospace Industries Association AIA/J.P. Stevens


Wednesday, July 8, 2009
after 2:00p.m. (TBD)
253 Russell Senate Office Building
Hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Chairman Rockefeller, D-WVA)

Confirmation hearing on pending nominations

Witnesses:
Charles F. Bolden Jr. to be administrator, NASA
Lori Garver to be deputy administrator, NASA


Wednesday, July 8, 2009
2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement (Chairwoman Diane Watson, D-CA)

Oversight of Federal Financial Statements

NASA witness
OCFO/Honorable Ronald R. Spoehel 

Other witnesses:
DOT/Richard Gregg
DHS/Peggy Sherry
GAO/Gene Dodaro
Heritage Foundation/Brian Riedl
U.S. Congressman Harry Cuellar


August 3, 2009, 3:00 pm, Room 342 Senate Dirksen

Hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security (Chm. Thomas Carper, D-DE)

Eliminating Wasteful Contractor Bonuses

MEMBER OPENING STATEMENT

Senator Thomas R. Carper

Panel 1

Jeffrey Zients, Nominee to be Deputy Director for Management
Office of Management and Budget

John Hutton , Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management
Government Accountability Office

Panel 2

Mr. Shay Assad, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Technology, U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. William McNally, Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mr. Richard Gunderson, Acting Chief Procurement Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Edward Simpson, Director, Office of Procurement and Assistance Management, Department of Energy

Mr. Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Service Council


August 5, 2009, 2:30, Room 342 Senate Dirksen

Hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia (Chm. Daniel Akaka (D-HI)

Strengthening the Federal Acquisition Workforce: Government-wide Leadership and Initiatives

MEMBER OPENING STATEMENT

Witnesses

Panel 1
The Honorable Jeffrey Zients, Deputy Director for Management and Chief Performance Officer, Office of Management and Budget
Ms. Nancy Kichak, Associate Director, Strategic Human Resource Policy
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Mr. David Drabkin, Acting Chief Acquisition Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
Panel 2
The Honorable Elaine Duke, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mr.William McNally, Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mr. John Bashista, Deputy Director of the Office of Procurement and Assistance Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Ms. Deidre Lee, Executive Vice President for Federal Affairs and Operations
Professional Services Council

August 6, 2009

Hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Chrm. Rockefeller-Wv)

Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Witnesses

Ms. Patricia A. Dalton, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Mr. Thomas J. Howard, Acting Inspector General, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Ms. Allison Lerner, Inspector General, National Science Foundation
Mr. Alfred J. Longhi Jr., former Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Lithium Power Technologies


September 15, 2009, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 2318 RHOB

Hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology (Chm. Bart Gordon, D-TN)

Options and Issues for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program: Report of the “Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans” Committee

Hearing Charter

Opening Statements
Chairman Bart Gordon
Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords

Witnesses:
Panel I -- Mr. Norman Augustine

Panel II -- Vice-Admiral Joe Dyer USN (Ret) & Dr. Michael Griffin

SUMMARY REPORT: Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee


September 16, 2009

9/16, Hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space (Chm. Bill Nelson, D-FL)

Findings of the Human Space Flight Review Committee

Witnesses:
Norman Augustine


September 24, 2009

Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology (Chm. Glenn Nye, D-VA); Committee on Small Business

“The Roles of Federal Labs in Spurring Innovation and Entrepreneurship Across the U.S.”

Witnesses:

  • Ms. Cynthia Lee, Associate Director Langley Research Center
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Mr. Bruce Underwood, Chief of the Advanced Projects Wallops Space Flight Facility
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Mr. Paul G. Sebesta, Center Director National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, USDA Agricultural Research Service Peoria, IL

    Mr. Hans Seywald, Ph.D., President Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc.
    Hampton, VA

    Mr. Chris Suber, President Construction Development Services, Inc.
    Norfolk, VA

    Mr. Peter B. Johnsen, Chief Technology Officer Biofuels Manufacturers of Illinois, LLC, Peoria, IL


October 15, 2009, 2:30 pm, SR 253,

Confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Chm. John D. Rockefeller, IV, D-WV)

Dr. Elizabeth M. Robinson
to be Chief Financial Officer, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mr Paul K. Martin
to be Inspector General, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


October 21, 2009,

Hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space (Chm. Bill Nelson, D-FL) regarding “The Case for Space: Examining the Value.” No NASA witness. 

Other witnesses: Panel I : Dr. Stephen I. Katz, Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH; Panel II: Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University; Dr. Lennard A Fisk, Vice Chair, Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program, Space Studies Board, NRC; Dr. Jeanne L Becker, Associate Director, National Space Biomedical Research Institute; and, Helen Greiner, CEO, The Droid Works, Inc.  OLIA/Forehand will attend.  (OLIA/Forehand, Kieffer)


October 22, 2009

Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chw. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ) regarding Strengthening NASA’s Technology Development Programs. 

NASA witness: NASA Associate Administrator, Christopher Scolese

Other witnesses: Ray Colladay, Vice Chair, America’s Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs, and Robert D. Braun, Co-chair, Committee to review the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. 


Wednesday, December 2, 2009
2318 RHOB
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Chw. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ) regarding Ensuring the Safety of Human Space Flight

Hearing Charter

Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords  

NASA witnesses: Chief, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance/Bryan O’Connor and Manager, Constellation Program, Johnson Space Center/Jeffrey Hanley

Other witnesses:  Bretton Alexander, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation; Joseph Fragola, Vice President, Valafor inc.; John Marshall, Council Member, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel; and, Lt. Gen (Ret.) Thomas Stafford


Wednesday, December 2, 2009
10:00 am, 2167 RHOB


Hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation (Chm. Jerry Costello, D-IL) titled, “Commercial Space Transportation.”  No NASA witness. 

Other witnesses: 
Dr. George C. Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Mr. J.P. Stevens, Vice President, Space Systems
Aerospace Industries Association of American, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Greason, Vice Chairman Commericial Space Flight Federation
President and Chief Executive Officer, XCOR Aerospace
Mr. James A. Testwuide, Chairman
The Great Lakes Aerospace Science and Education Center at Spaceport Sheboygan
Testifying on Behalf of the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority


Thursday, December 3, 2009
2318 RHOB
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Joint hearing before the House Committee on Science and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (Chairman Brad Miller, D-NC) and  Subcommittee and Space and Aeronautics (Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ) regarding the Independent Audit of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

NASA Witnesses:  Thomas Howard, Acting Inspector General, and Elizabeth Robinson, Chief Financial Officer. 

Outside witness:  Mr. Daniel Murrin, Partner, Assurance and Advisory Business Services, Ernst & Young LLP

 

Committee hearing schedules are subject to change, please refer to Committee webpages for latest information

 

Committee Webpage links listed below:
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
House Committee on Appropriations
House Committee on Science and Technology


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