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Human Capital Management in the Technical Fields

Program/Project Management Resource List #59

Revised July 2011

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

As the golden anniversary of NASA's founding recedes into memory, NASA and its chief contractors face a crisis. Many of their scientists and engineers are as old-or older-than NASA itself. Knowledge management can preserve the tradecraft that NASA developed over the years, but tradecraft is only worth preserving if there is someone to use it. As NASA faces a time of transition when it will no longer be able to launch people into space, its ability to recruit and retain talented scientists and engineers may be impaired. This webpage explores how NASA can stem the "brain drain" of retirement and successfully compete for technically skilled American workers. For information on NASA's growing need for managerial talent, please see the library's webpage on Executive Resource Management. For more information on what can be done about this situation in the long run, please see the library's webpages on Science Education, Scientific Literacy, and Communicating Science.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Policies Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources

NASA Policies

The following policies and procedural requirements can be accessed by anyone through the NASA Online Directives Information System:
NASA Policy Directive 3000.1C: Human Capital Management
NASA Policy Directive 3010.1A: Strategic Workforce Planning
NASA Procedural Requirements 3300.1B: Appointment of Personnel To/From NASA
NASA Procedural Requirements 3319.1A: Management of Senior Scientific and Technical (ST) and other Senior Level (SL) Positions


Colvard, James E., panel chair. NASA: Human Capital Flexibilities for the 21st Century Workforce: A Report by a Panel of the National Academy of Public Administration for the National Aeronautics and Space Admininistration. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration, 2005.
TL521.312 .N373 N385 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Hannam, Susan Elizabeth, and Bonni Yordi. Engaging a Multi-generational Workforce: Practical Advice for Government Managers. Washington, DC: IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2011.
HF5549.5 .M5 H366 2011 PPM-STACKS
Henning, Garth, and Richard Leshner. The State of the Next Generation of Explorers. Washington, DC: NASA Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, 2008.
TL521.312 .N37 S738 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Lowe, Keith P. NASA Workforce Planning Desk Guide. Washington, DC: Workforce Strategy Division, Office of Human Capital Management, 2008.
HD4904.7 .N373 L694 2008 BOOKSTACKS
National Academy of Public Administration. Balancing a Multisector Workforce to Achieve a Healthy Organization. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration, 2007.
JK765 .B35 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press
National Research Council. Committee on NASA's Suborbital Research Capabilities. Revitalizing NASA's Suborbital Program: Advancing Science, Driving Innovation, and Developing a Workforce. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2010.
TL785.8 .S6 R485 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press
National Research Council. Space Studies Board. Building a Better NASA Workforce: Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007.
Q149 .U5 N38 N37 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press
National Science Board. Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing our Nation's Human Capital. Arlington, VA: National Science Board, National Science Foundation, 2010.
LC1503 .S746 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Science Board
Stine, Deborah D., and Clinton T. Brass. Hiring and Pay Authorities for Federal Scientific and Technical (S and T) Personnel. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 2009.
JK776 .U63 H575 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the website of the Open CRS


All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Ahlrichs, Nancy S. Igniting Gen B and Gen V: The New Rules of Engagement for Boomers, Veterans, and Other Long-Termers on the Job. Davies-Black Publishing, 2007.
Bechet, Thomas P. Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning. AMACOM, 2008.
Becker, Brian E., Mark A. Huselid, and Richard W. Beatty. The Differentiated Workforce: Transforming Talent into Strategic Impact. Harvard Business Press, 2009.
Gandossy, Robert, Elissa Tucker and Nidhi Verma (eds.). Workforce Wake-Up Call: Your Workforce is Changing, Are You?. John Wiley and Sons, 2006.
Murrell, Audrey J., Sheila Forte-Trammell, and Diana A. Bing., Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships. IBM Press, 2009.
Rothwell, William J.. Invaluable Knowledge: Securing Your Company’s Technical Expertise. AMACOM, 2011.
Rothwell, William J., James Alexander and Mark Bernhard (eds.) Cases in Government Succession Planning: Action-Oriented Strategies for Public-Sector Human Capital Management, Workforce Planning, Succession Planning, and Talent Management. HRD Press, 2008
Silzer, Rob, and Ben E. Dowell. Strategy-Driven Talent Management: A Leadership Imperative. Pfeiffer, 2010.
Thorne, Kaye, and Andy Pellant. The Essential Guide to Managing Talent: How Top Companies Recruit, Train and Retain the Best Employees. Kogan Page, 2007.

Articles and Reports

Bhasin, Kul, et al. "Developing Systems Engineering Skills Through NASA Summer Intern Project", in: IEEE Systems Conference 2010, San Diego, CA, April 5-8, 2010.
(20100042266: (Dec. 21, 2010) NTRS)
Donohue, John T. "Workforce Challenges and Retention Success Stories", in: IEEE Aerospace Conference: Developing the 21st Century Space Engineering Workforce, Big Sky, MT, March 1-8, 2008.
(20080040867: (Nov. 10, 2008) NTRS)
Hand, Eric. "NASA faces dearth of mission leaders", Nature, vol. CDLXXV, no. 7354 (July 7, 2011), pp. 15-16.
Maughan, Brian D. "Mentoring Among Scientists: Implications of Interpersonal Relationships within a Formal Mentoring Program", Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, Albuquerque, NM, Nov. 12-16, 2006.
(911875: (Feb. 2008) DOE Information Bridge)
Menrad, Robert J., and Wiley J. Larson. "Development of a NASA Integrated Technical Workforce Career Development Model Entitled Requisite Occupation Competencies and Knowledge -- the ROCK", in: 2008 International Astronautical Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2008.
(20080039312: (August 29, 2008) NTRS)
Osborn, Thor D. Microsystems Technologist Workforce Development Capacity and Challenges in Central New Mexico, SAND2008-2319, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, April 1, 2008.
(942058: (Feb. 2, 2009) DOE Information Bridge)
Phfarr, Barbara B., et al. "Collaborative Systems Thinking: A Response to the Problems Faced by Systems Engineering's 'Middle Tier'", in: International Council on Systems Engineering 2009, Singapore, July 20-23, 2009.
(20090016182: (July 25, 2009) NTRS)
Sterk, Steve, and Stephen Chesley. "Civil Service Workforce Market Supply and the Effect on the Cost Estimating Relationships (CERs) that may effect the Productivity Factors for Future NASA Missions", in: European Space Agency International Society Parametric Analysis, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, May 12-16, 2008.
(20080022349: (July 8, 2008) NTRS)
Todd, Hal M. and Douglas S. Parten. A Systems Engineering Approach to Address Human Capital Management Issues in the Shipbuilding Industry, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, Sept. 2008.
(ADA488873: (Sept. 2008) DTIC)

Internet Resources

Aerospace Industries Association. Workforce. 2011 [July 5, 2011]
Human Capital Institute. 2011 [July 5, 2011].
McCann, Mike. NASA Office of Human Capital Management. July 2011 [July 5, 2011].
National Bureau of Economic Research. Science and Engineering Workforce Project. May 2, 2011 [July 5, 2011].
National Science Foundation. National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). June 27, 2011 [July 5, 2011].
Partnership for Public Service. 2011 [July 5, 2011].
Pine, Alex. NASA Transition. February 1, 2011 [July 5, 2011].

Last Updated: July 2011