OSMA

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities through the development, implementation and oversight of agencywide safety, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance policies and procedures. OSMA includes the Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division, Missions and Programs Assessment Division, Institutional Safety Management Division, and NASA Safety Center, as well as the Independent Verification and Validation Program.

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Responsible for

  • Establishing and assuring compliance with NASA Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) strategies, policies and standards
  • Fostering early integration and life cycle implementation of Safety, Reliability, Maintainability and Quality Assurance (SRM&QA) into NASA's programs and operations
  • Improving methodologies for risk identification and assessment and providing recommendations for risk mitigation and acceptance
  • Performing independent SMA assessments and process verification reviews
  • Providing analysis and recommendations for critical agency safety decisions
  • Sponsoring the innovation and rapid transfer of SRM&QA technologies, processes and techniques to improve safety and reliability and reduce the cost of mission success

People

Terrence W. Wilcutt

Chief

Terrence W. Wilcutt is NASA's chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. Appointed to this role in September 2011, Wilcutt is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of all Safety and Mission Assurance policies and procedures for all NASA programs.

Wilcutt is a retired Marine colonel and veteran astronaut who had served as director of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston since 2008.

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Frank Groen

Deputy Chief

Dr. Frank J. Groen is the deputy chief of NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA). In this position, he is responsible for executive leadership, policy direction, functional management and coordination for agency-wide program and institutional Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) activities.

Prior to be appointed to this position, Groen was the director of the Safety and Assurance Requirements Division within OSMA, responsible for the development and maintenance of NASA directives and standards pertaining to SMA, as well as related methods, tools and guidance.

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Organizational Chart

OSMA

This organizational chart shows the various areas of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA), the relationships between these areas, and staff information.

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Divisions

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) includes the Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division (MASCD), Missions and Programs Assessment Division (MPAD), Institutional Safety Management Division (ISMD), and NASA Safety Center (NSC), as well as the Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility.

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MASCD

Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division

The Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division (MASCD) fosters and continually advances the state of NASA’s Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) through the development and promulgation of policy, standards, guidance, technical knowledge and capabilities.

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MPAD

Missions and Programs Assessment Division 

The Missions and Programs Assessment Division (MPAD) is the primary interface with customers of OSMA. These customers include the NASA mission directorates and center SMA organizations to which MPAD provides oversight, policy, and procedural guidance and support.

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IV&V

Independent Verification and Validation

NASA's Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program was established in 1993 as part of an agencywide strategy to provide the highest achievable levels of safety and cost-effectiveness for mission critical software.

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