• IAQG Issues Guidance on Certifications

    The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) — the industry standards organization that manages coordination and publication of AS9100, Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations  — recently released guidance and relief for its normal certification policies and timing requirements. The IAQG made the announcement due to travel restrictions and work stoppages among AS9100-certified suppliers due to COVID-19.

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  • OSMA Adds New Quality Program to Focus on Supply Chain Risk Management

    On Oct. 1, the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) delegated a new program within the Quality Assurance discipline: Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM). SCRM focuses on strategies, tools, techniques and guidance that generate knowledge about supplier risk and creates approaches for maximizing successful Quality outcomes throughout NASA’s supply chain for mission hardware.

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Valle Kauniste

Valle Kauniste

Supply Chain Risk Management Program Manager

Learn more about Supply Chain Risk Management Program Manager Valle Kauniste.

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Jeannette Plante

Jeannette Plante

Supply Chain Risk Management Program Executive

Learn more about Supply Chain Risk Management Program Executive Jeannette Plante.

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SATERN Courses

Overview of Supply Chain Risk Management (SMA-QE-WBT-205)

This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM). It includes general information on supply chain and the risks involved managing supply chain. It will provide a basic understanding of SCRM, how NASA does Supply Chain Management and the risks in working with the agency’s suppliers.

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Policy and Guidance


NPD 8730.5

NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy

This NASA Policy Directive states that it is NASA policy to comply with prescribed requirements for performance of work and to provide for independent assurance of compliance through implementation of a Quality Assurance program; in addition, it outlines requirements for these Quality Assurance programs.

See NPD 8730.5

NPR 8735.2

Management of Government Quality Assurance Functions for NASA Contracts

This NASA Procedural Requirement sets forth agency requirements for performance of government contract Quality Assurance functions as required by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 46; FAR Part 12; NASA FAR Supplement Part 1846; and NPD 8730.5, NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy.

See NPR 8735.2