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Fezman92
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posted 04-06-2011 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the U.S. government does shut down due to the budget impass, how will that affect NASA and STS-134?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-06-2011 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space.com addressed this question in early March when a government furlough was threatened to occur during the STS-133 mission.
Even if the federal government does shut down, all NASA workers considered essential to the mission would stay on, so Discovery wouldn't end up stranded in space. That means most Mission Control staffers managing both the space shuttle and space station programs would continue working as usual.

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posted 04-06-2011 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA History Division [via SpaceRef]
Message from the NASA Administrator: Planning for an Orderly Shutdown

Throughout the discussions about funding for the rest of the fiscal year, the President has made it clear that he does not want a government shutdown, and the Administration is willing and ready to work day and night to find a solution with which all sides can agree. Given the realities of the calendar, however, prudent management requires that we plan for an orderly shutdown should Congress be unable to pass a funding bill.

The President and I know that the uncertainty of the current situation puts federal employees in a difficult position, and we're very much aware that a shutdown would impose hardships on many employees as well as the groups and individuals our agency serves. As we approach the expiration of the current CR, our NASA leadership team will provide you with updated information as soon as it becomes available. For now, I want to provide you with information on how the potential shutdown - should it occur -- will impact federal employees.

As soon as funding lapses, federal departments and agencies will not be permitted to incur further financial obligations performing activities funded by annual appropriations, except those related to the orderly suspension of operations or performance of excepted activities. This means that some employees will be furloughed and unable to work. Our contingency planning for the potential funding lapse includes determining which agency functions are excepted from a furlough. Should it become necessary to implement our contingency plans, you will receive formal notice from your manager no later than Friday, April 8th regarding the designation of your position and furlough status.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has created a document to address some of the questions that I know must be on your mind. The document can be accessed here. OPM will provide additional pertinent information for federal employees as the week progresses. And we will do our very best to provide clear information about the status of events as the week progresses.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all of you, our agency provides critical services to the American public. Your contributions touch people's lives in so many significant ways, and I want you to know how deeply I appreciate your dedication and your expertise. We're a determined and resilient team and we'll get through this!

Thank you for your continued service to NASA and the Nation.

canyon42
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posted 04-06-2011 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Dayton newspaper has a report that a government shutdown could delay the shuttle announcement planned for next week.
NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has warned lawmakers that a shutdown of the federal government could delay a public announcement next week on whether Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will receive one of the retired space shuttles.

Bolden delivered the warning Tuesday in a telephone call with Rep. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, who has been lobbying NASA to send one of its three shuttles to the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson. NASA has scheduled to make the announcement on Tuesday at Cape Kennedy - the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle flight in space.

"The announcement of the space shuttles could be delayed if there is a government shutdown," Austria said Wednesday morning.

Fezman92
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posted 04-06-2011 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So STS-134 won't be affected by the shutdown if it happens?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-06-2011 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As it stands now, government shutdown or no government shutdown, there are nine contingency days remaining in the STS-134 processing flow.

Until those nine spare days are used, there is (in theory) no impact to preparing Endeavour for an as-targeted April 29 launch.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-08-2011 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has posted its plan in the case of a government shutdown.

As the plan notes, should a shutdown occur, NASA TV will not broadcast and access to many NASA websites will be suspended.

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posted 04-08-2011 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Republican and Democratic leaders have said a deal has been reached to avoid a government shutdown.

Fezman92
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posted 04-08-2011 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For less than a week though...

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