• Cordero Receives Yes, If Award for Mission Security Approach

    Manuel “Manny” Cordero, Information Technology security specialist for NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program and advisor for the agency’s Enterprise Protection Program (EPP), recently received a “Yes, If” coin for proactively increasing awareness about software security risks to protect NASA missions.

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  • Yes, If Coins Awarded at Ames

    NASA Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Russ DeLoach recently presented two “Yes, If” coins to Ames Research Center personnel while visiting the center for the SMA Directors Meeting.

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  • Reynolds Receives Yes, If Coin for Commitment to Customer Service

    NASA Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Russ DeLoach recently presented a “Yes, If” coin to Kaci Reynolds, associate director for NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Program, for her attention to detail, proactive approach and commitment to customer service. 

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  • John Livacich Receives Yes, If Coin for Approach to Safety

    John Livacich, Safety and Occupational Health manager at Ames Research Center, recently received a “Yes, If” coin for his proactive approach to mitigating risks and ensuring safe and reliable lifting operations.

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  • O’Connor Honored for Career Embodying Yes, If Attitude

    Ken O’Connor, Mishap program executive at the NASA Safety Center, received the “Yes, If” coin from Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Russ DeLoach during his retirement celebration on May 5. O’Connor retired after more than 30 years of NASA service. 

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Lt. Col. Denise Zona

Lt. Col. Denise Zona

Safety Culture Interagency Advisor

Learn more about Safety Culture Interagency Advisor Lt. Col. Denise Zona.

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Tracy Dillinger

Safety Culture Program Manager

Learn more about Safety Culture Program Manager Tracy Dillinger.

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Points of Contact

For details on contacting a Safety Culture Point of Contact (PoC), click below.

Find Your PoC

Safety Culture Working Group

“Our vision for Safety Culture at NASA is to create an environment characterized by safe attitudes and behaviors, modeled by leaders and embraced by all. This environment should foster an atmosphere of open communication and mutual trust, as well as shared values and lessons. It should also instill confidence that will balance challenges and risks that are consistent with our safety core value to successfully accomplish our mission.”

Safety Culture Working Group Charter

Safety Culture Working Group



SATERN Courses
Orientation to NASA Safety Culture HQ-SMA-ONSC

This course covers the definition of safety culture, NASA Safety Culture Five Factors and the learners’ responsibilities for supporting NASA’s Safety Culture.

Safety Culture for Supervisors HQ-SMA-SCS

This course covers the definition of safety culture, NASA Safety Culture Five Factors, supervisors' responsibilities for supporting NASA’s Safety Culture and making supervisory decisions that reinforce NASA’s Safety Culture.


Policy and Guidance

Policy Title    
NPR 8705.6
Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments
NPR 8705.6 Details See NPR 8705.6
NASA-HDBK-8709.22 Safety and Mission Assurance Acronyms, Abbreviations and Definitions NASA-HDBK-8709-22 Details See NASA-HDBK-8709.22
NPD 8700.1 NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success NPD-8700-1 Details See NPD 8700.1
NASA-HDBK-8709.24 NASA Safety Culture Handbook NASA-HDBK-8709-24 Details See NASA-HDBK-8709.24

"Yes, If" Program

The “Yes, If” recognition coin is emblematic of the culture we would like to promote at NASA. When asked, “Is this possible?” our response should be, “Yes, if…” instead of “No, because….” Recipients of the “Yes, If” coin exemplify the spirit of ingenuity, creativity and commitment to safety that the agency was built upon. We invite you to nominate a NASA colleague who you believe has earned the “Yes, If” coin, which will be presented by the chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. The recognition coin was developed by Safety Culture Program Manager Tracy Dillinger for former Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O’Connor.

Caught Doing Right

The Caught Doing Right initiative celebrates the NASA family’s commitment to practicing proper safety procedures. All too often we are quick to point out when our colleagues are being careless with safety, and although it's important to correct unsafe behavior, we should put equal emphasis on those who faithfully incorporate safety measures into their daily work.

What You Can Do

When you see an employee or group working safely

  • Take a photo
  • Submit your photo and complete the form by using the "Submit Photos" button

The photos, or "safies," can be accessed by any NASA employee or contractor within the NASA firewall.

By posting your “safies” on this site, you are not only sharing your commitment to safety with the rest of the agency, but sharing great work practices with them as well.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the year, a team of NASA safety professionals will assess the "safies" and decide on one to feature on a poster for all NASA centers. Be a part of celebrating your team's outstanding safety practices while encouraging others to do the same agencywide.

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The NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA), along with subject matter experts from each of the NASA centers, developed the NASA Safety Culture Survey. It is designed to provide center directors with a tool to identify and correct latent organizational conditions that may lead to accidents and implement strategies to improve safety. The surveys are distributed to each center every three years and questions will vary for each round.

Each survey lists general questions, along with center-specific questions. Below are general questions from Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5 and Round 6 of the survey.

Round 1 Questions Round 2 Questions Round 3 Questions Round 4 Questions Round 5 Questions Round 6 Questions

Change Management

Feedback collected from the latest round of Safety Culture Surveys revealed an opportunity to enhance NASA’s ability to adapt to change. While the agency scored highly in most categories, the “people in our organization manage change well” question showed room for improvement. The following SATERN courses provide training on how to accept, communicate and react to change positively across the agency or specifically at your center.

Center Course Title Course Number
Agencywide Leadership Essentials: Leading Change - SkillBriefs RES-LEAD_05_A07_BS_ENUS
Agencywide Involving Employees in Corporate Change _pc_bi_lsbi011
Agencywide Managing the Stress of Organizational Change _pc_bi_mgbi004
Agencywide Leading Change _pc_ch_lach004
Agencywide Beginning the Process of Change _pc_ls_laqs041
Agencywide Leading Change _pc_ls_laqs2605
Agencywide Leading Your Team through Change ald_02_a03_bs_enus
Agencywide Positive Atmosphere: How Organizational Learning Drives Positive Change ald_03_a03_bs_enus
Agencywide Managing Motivation during Organizational Change amg_06_a02_bs_enus
Agencywide Facilitating Sustainable Change apd_18_a01_bs_enus
Agencywide Moving Forward with Change Planning apd_18_a02_bs_enus
Agencywide Making Change Stick apd_18_a03_bs_enus
Agencywide Navigating through Changes and Conflicts in Projects apj_15_a05_bs_enus
Agencywide Difficult People: Can't Change Them, so Change Yourself comm_46_a02_bs_enus
Agencywide Organizations Change So Get Ready pd_31_a01_bs_enus
Agencywide Redefining Yourself after Organizational Change pd_31_a02_bs_enus


Important Reports

A key part of NASA's Safety Culture is learning from our mistakes. It is only by assessing our mishaps that we are able to learn from them and move toward a better and safer future. Below are key agency mishap reports that provide important information that can benefit safety professionals both within the agency and beyond.

Title Date    
Apollo 204 Review Board Final Report Jan. 27, 1967 Additional Details See Report
Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report Feb. 1, 2003 Additional Details See Report
CONTOUR Mishap Investigation Board Report July 2002 Additional Details See Report
DART Mishap Investigation Results April 15, 2005 Additional Details See Report
Genesis Mishap Investigation Board Report Sept. 8, 2004 Additional Details See Report
Glory Mishap Investigation Results March 4, 2011 Additional Details See Report
Helios Mishap Report June 26, 2003 Additional Details See Report
Return to Flight Task Group Report July 2005 Additional Details See Report
Rogers Commission Report (Challenger) Jan. 28, 1986 Additional Details See Report
SSME 0523 Failure Investigation Final Report June 16, 2000 Additional Details See Report