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[i]U.S President-elect Barack Obama [URL=http://www.space.com/news/081125-sn-obama-transition-team.html]has added[/URL] a Virgin Galactic adviser and two more former NASA officials to the team leading the transition at the U.S. space agency.
The selection of Alan Ladwig, NASA's associate administrator for policy and plans under U.S. President Bill Clinton; Ed Heffernan, then-NASA Administrator Dan Goldin's chief of staff; and George Whitesides, executive director of the National Space Society and senior adviser to Virgin Galactic; brings the number of NASA transition team members to five.
Lori Garver, who replaced Ladwig as associate administrator for policy and plans in 1999, and Roderick Young, Goldin's one-time press secretary, were named to the NASA the transition team Nov. 14.
Ladwig was manager for space systems consulting at Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc. of Reston, Va., but resigned that post Nov. 14. Whitesides is on leave from both of his positions and Heffernan, who most recently was vice president of government relations for Safeco of Seattle, is between jobs, according to associates.[/i]
[i]The political buzz is that President-elect Barack Obama is looking at New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Commerce Secretary or some other senior post in his administration.
...During a press gab session [at the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge in October], Richardson was asked about any possible post he might play in an Obama White House. The New Mexico governor played it a little coy, but said:
"Here's what I want to be sure of... that the Obama administration is pro-commercial space... that the administration is pro-space, pro-government space, pro-commercial space," Richardson observed.
Richardson said that "it's in the interest of our national space industry that commercial space could properly develop... so I will be an advocate wherever I am... hopefully here, still as governor of New Mexico... you never know."[/i]
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