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Interagency Collaboration

Program/Project Management Resource List #71

Jan. 2011

The Space Act, which established NASA in 1958, allows the agency to enter into partnerships with other federal agencies. For instance, the development of nanotechnology has caught the attention of NASA and ten other agencies. Rather than duplicate efforts, they formed a working group, currently called the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Through interagency collaboration, each agency can continue to develop nanotechnology for its own interests, use other agencies' advances, and avoid "stovepiping" and interagency rivalries. This lightens the burden on the taxpayer in the development of a technology that is a growing influence on our economy. This resource list covers general issues of interagency collaboration, including the ways in which interagency efforts can go wrong. You may also find helpful materials in the HQ library's webpages on Corporate Culture, International Cooperation in Space, Military Space, and Teams and Teamwork.

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 1050.1I: Authority to Enter into Space Act Agreements
 
NASA Policy Directive 3280.3J: Detail of Military Personnel to NASA
 
NASA Procedural Requirements 3300.1B: Appointment of Personnel To/From NASA

Books

Dillingham, Gerald Lee. Next Generation Air Transportation System: Challenges with Partner Agency and FAA Coordination Continue, and Efforts to Integrate Near-, Mid-, and Long-term Activities are Ongoing. Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2010.
TL725.3 .N398 D55 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Also available through the website of the GAO
 
Johnson, Dana J. Policy Issues and Challenges for Interagency Space Systems Acquisition. Santa Monica, CA: National Security Research Division, Rand, 2001.
TL789.8 .U5 J64 2001 BOOKSTACKS
 
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science. The Future of NPOESS: Results of the Nunn-McCurdy Review of NOAA's Weather Satellite Program: Hearing Before the Committee on Science, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, June 8, 2006. Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O., 2007.
KF27 .S32 N63 2007B BOOKSTACKS
Also available through the website of the GPO
 
United States. Government Accountability Office. Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA and NASA Have Improved Human Factors Research Coordination, But Stronger Leadership Needed: Report to the Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives. Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2010.
TL725.3 .T7 D555 N498 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Also available through the website of the GAO
 
__________. Polar-orbiting Environmental Satellites: With Costs Increasing and Data Continuity at Risk, Improvements Needed in Tri-agency Decision Making: Report to Congressional Requesters. Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2009.
TL798 .M4 U483 2009BEB BOOKSTACKS
Also available through the website of the GAO
 
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Office of Inspector General. Office of Audits. NASA could improve analyses and coordination in support of the Joint Planning and Development Office to develop the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Washington, DC: Office of Audits, Office of Inspector General, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2009.
HE9777.7 .N498 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Also available through the website of the Office of Inspector General's Office of Audits
 
__________. The Landsat Program is not Meeting the Goals and Intent of the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992. Washington, DC: Office of Inspector General, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2009.
TL521.312 .L363 P764 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Also available through the website of the Office of Inspector General's Office of Audits

E-books

The e-books listed below are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
 
Buono, Anthony F. (ed.). Enhancing Inter-Firm Networks and Interorganizational Strategies. Information Age Publishing, 2005.
 
Child, John, David Faulkner, and Stephen B. Tallman. Cooperative Strategy. Oxford University Press, 2005.
 
Gibbs, Richard, and Andrew Humphries. Strategic Alliances & Marketing Partnerships: Gaining Competitive Advantage through Collaboration and Partnering. Kogan Page, 2009.
 
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
 
Committee on Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions. Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Collaboration on Space and Earth Science Missions, 2010.
 
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the Government Accountability Office.
 
GAO-06-15: Results-Oriented Government: Practices That Can Help Enhance and Sustain Collaboration Among Federal Agencies, Oct. 2005.
 
GAO-09-904SP: Interagency Collaboration: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight of National Security Strategies, Organizations, Workforce, and Information Sharing, Sept. 2009.
 
GAO-10-822T: National Security: Key Challenges and Solutions to Strengthen Interagency Collaboration, June 2010.
 
GAO-11-108: National Security: An Overview of Professional Development Activities Intended to Improve Interagency Collaboration, Nov. 2010

Articles and Reports

Acosta, Waldo A., and Jere J. Matty. The NPARC Alliance: A Science and Technology/Test and Evaluation Partnership Example, NASA/TM-2000-210064, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, May 2000.
(20000063508: (Aug. 2005) NTRS)
 
Lindstrom, E., A. McCurdy, J. Manley, and A.N. Shepard. "The Link Project: A NOAA and NASA Partnership", in: Oceans-2003 MTS/IEEE Conference, San Diego, CA, Sept. 22-26, 2003.
(ADA499277: (June 2009) DTIC)
 
Norman, Col. James O. "The Power of Partnership: Assuring Access to Space", High Frontier: The Journal for Space & Missile Professionals, vol. III, no. 1, p. 25-29.
Also available through DTIC as document no. ADA521420.
 
Stizza, John G. "Assuring Access to Space: The Partnership Continues", High Frontier: The Journal for Space & Missile Professionals, vol. IV, no. 4, p. 29-30.
Also available through DTIC as document no. ADA502823.

Internet Resources

Brunner, Christopher. NASA Office of International and Interagency Relations. April 2010 [Jan. 13, 2011].
http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/
 
Intergovernmental Collaboration Key to Nano Success. NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer. Monthly Feature. July 2006 [Jan. 13, 2011].
http://nano.cancer.gov/action/news/featurestories/monthly_feature_2006_july.pdf
 
Joint Planning and Development Office. Jan. 6, 2011 [Jan. 13, 2011].
http://www.jpdo.gov/index.asp
 
Kamensky, John M. Interagency Collaboration Processes. The IBM Center for The Business of Government. Aug. 17, 2010 [Jan. 18, 2011].
http://www.businessofgovernment.org/blog/business-government/interagency-collaboration-practices
 
Strengthening the Public Information Infrastructure for Science. Nov. 2007 [Jan. 13, 2011].
http://www.science.gov/workshop/index.html

Last Updated: Jan. 2011