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The Obama administration's legacy over the past four years consists of major wins, missed opportunities and large scale busts. In the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, Federal News Radio evaluates 23 initiatives behind which the administration flexed its performance and management muscle. In our special week-long multimedia series, we review how well the administration was able to go from concept to strategy to implementation to success in the areas of management, technology, workforce and acquisition.
Top 10 Agency Initiatives: NASA
Thursday - 9/13/2012, 3:41pm EDT
From the responses collected from nine agencies, Federal News Radio narrowed the list down of the top 10 agency initiatives — in the agencies' own words. Below, read more about the top NASA initiative, as selected by Federal News Radio, as well as other initiatives NASA singled out for recognition.
Space Technology Program
NASA's Space Technology is developing and demonstrating advanced space systems concepts and technologies enabling new approaches to achieving NASA's current mission set and future missions not feasible today.
This approach is innovative because instead of having important scientific and technological research being done in "silos" for aerospace, science and human spaceflight and exploration, this initiative "pulls" technology development based upon established Mission needs. Such technologies are either crosscutting, which serves multiple NASA Mission Directorates, industry, and other government agencies, and/or game-changing which enable currently unrealizable approaches to space systems and missions.
NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs
NASA's commercial crew and cargo programs are investing financial and technical resources to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate safe, reliable, and cost-effective space transportation capabilities. Using American-built spacecraft to get American astronauts to space is a critical piece of NASA's vision for human spaceflight, and it supports ingenuity and innovation in the private sector.
NASA Social Media
NASA's social media efforts have been recognized by the public, other government agencies and the White House as extraordinary. NASA led the way for government organizations with Tweetups and Socials and through direct engagement on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ with NASA programs, astronauts and NASA senior management.