Policy Changes Affecting Safety and Health Plans to Result in Cost Savings
April 15, 2015
Changes to NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 1852.223-73 will make NASA’s proposal review process quicker and more efficient. The requirement changes permit companies competing for low-cost and administrative contracts with minimal hazards to submit Safety and Health Plans after the contract is awarded.
Electrostatic Discharge Control Industry Standard Updated
March 20, 2015
In 2014, the Electrostatic Discharge Association updated its primary Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control standard: American National Standards Institute/ESD S20.20. The changes affect how NASA defines the minimum requirements for ESD controls applied when the agency and its suppliers process and handle mission hardware that is sensitive to damaging ESD events.
DoD Passed Counterfeit Rule, Is NASA Next?
August 15, 2014
NASA recently proposed new legislation to address the growing problem of counterfeit parts in the aerospace industry supply chain. The legislation is part of the NASA 2014 Authorization Bill, which passed the House on June 9 and is awaiting approval by the Senate before moving to the president to be signed into law. If passed, NASA will implement changes required by the law through modifications to the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NASA FAR Supplement or NFS).
New Management System Deployed for Agency SMA Requirements
June 13, 2014
NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) has deployed a new requirements accessibility platform to replace the Safety and Mission Assurance Requirements Tracking System. This completes the first step in an effort to improve management and accessibility of OSMA requirements.
Policy Updates Improve Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Program Processes
March 31, 2014
Recent changes to NPR 8715.7, Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) Payload Safety Program, reflect new program standards and improve the overall ELV payload safety review and approval process.
NASA’s SMA Policy Directive Revalidated With Minor Changes
February 25, 2014
NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 8700.1E, NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success was recently revalidated with minor changes.
Updates Clarify Quality Assurance Requirements for NASA Contracts
January 08, 2014
A recent revision to NPR 8735.2B brings NASA’s government contract quality assurance requirements up to date, makes them easier to understand and potentially saves the agency money.
Team Aligns Software Safety Standard With Today’s Best Practices
October 22, 2013
A cross-agency team revised NASA-STD-8719.13C, bringing the standard for safety-critical software up to date with best practices in software safety design, analysis and development.
NPR Revisions Include Changes to NASA Mishap Classifications and Investigation Boards
October 19, 2013
Changes to NPR 8621.1B align NASA’s mishap classifications with the Department of Defense, save agency resources, enhance the quality of mishap investigations and improve aircraft mishap data.
Revised Software Formal Inspection Standard Addresses Technology Changes
October 15, 2013
Two working groups collaborated to update NASA-STD-8739.9 with the help of one of the nation’s leading software inspection experts.