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#1 posted 08-08-2012 03:08 PM

JJ – you are correct that I was wrong to say that there is NO manned flight projects on the books for NASA – just that NONE will happen even in an Obama second term. Layoffs continue under the restructuring, and on the spacecoast unemployment is above average and the laid off workers are not finding new positions. Only some 55% have found jobs of any kind, many of those not in a similar field nor similar pay as they had before.
First Manned flight SLS 2 is not until 2019… so 7 years (ideally) before we lauch a person ourselves. and NONE are listed for the ISS.

Things aren’t so ducky for the workers either.
The Buyout/Early Out window will be open through Friday, July 20, 2012. Employees who are approved for the Buyout/Early Out must be off the rolls by October 3, 2012 and may retire/resign as early as August 1, 2012. Eligible employees who voluntarily leave GSFC by no later than October 3, 2012 with an approved buyout will receive an amount equal to their calculated severance pay entitlement, up to a maximum of $25,000. An overview of the Buyouts/Early Outs being offered is as follows:

Distribution of the Center’s 117 eligible employees: – # of Eligible Employees

Code 110 Office of Human Capital Management – 6
Code 120 Equal Opportunity Programs Office – 1
Code 150 Office of the Chief Financial Officer – 3
Code 160 Office of Education – 1
Code 200 Management Operations Directorate – 5
Code 300 Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate – 8
Code 400 Flight Projects Directorate – 3
Code 500 Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate – 15
Code 600 Science and Exploration Directorate – 63
Code 700 Information Technology and Communications Directorate – 5
Code 800 Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate – 7

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