It’s official. NASA centers doing CxP work have been directed by headquarters to make up for the nearly $1B shortfall to comply with the Anti-Deficiency Act. They have until July 1 to finalize how they are going to do it.
This means a lot of layoffs of support contractors. The number will depend on priorities, and how much of the total is made up of non labor. The estimate is still 30-60% altogether for all centers affected. People will be given a 2-months notice, as required by WARN. There are both people priorities, and hardware priorities.
-Maximize the retention of people and key skills.
-Prioritize per planned advanced development work.
-The Orion rescue capsule.
-Other hardware for the Program of Record is low priority.
Note that technically, this is not a cancellation of CxP. It’s a significant slowdown with layoffs to comply with ADA.
If congress does not agree on a FY2011 budget by the end of the fiscal year, NASA is funded on a continuing resolution (CR) and still has CxP (mainly test flights, etc) and money to pay the people again, who by then will be partially scattered.
This is not logical. What would Spock do?Share