Loading...

Follow NASA Watch on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid

Some countries think that their space program is important. #NASA @NASA #governmentshutdown #shutdown pic.twitter.com/gw3zM6tczm

— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 19, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
NASA Watch by Keith Cowing - 2d ago

Shutdown stalemate spurs fears of exodus from NASA Ames, Mountain View Voice

"A lot of our talented folks, they've already found other jobs because they can't afford the loss of these paychecks," she said. "At this point, it's hard for us to justify what we consider meaningful work for the American taxpayer." The experience was all too familiar for Matt Linton, a computer security engineer who left NASA in 2013 during a similar government shutdown that lasted about two weeks. At the time, "a major tech employer" in Mountain View called him up to offer a job with an 85 percent pay increase. Their pitch was simple: Sure, you love working at NASA, but we can actually pay you. With a mortgage on a Sunnyvale house and a newborn child, Linton said he couldn't find a way to say no."

Unpaid NASA workers protect critical missions during government shutdown, CBS

"But at some point, if the government remains in partial shutdown and NASA continues to be unable to pay its mounting bills, projects on the ground, at least, could face slowdowns or work stoppages. Insiders say the agency is probably on solid ground through the end of the month, but if the shutdown extends very far into February, serious consequences, in terms of delays and higher costs, may be unavoidable."

JPL May Have to "Adjust Staffing Levels" if Government Shutdown Continues Into February, Pasadena Now

"Caltech President Thomas Rosenbaum on Tuesday issued a message for the Caltech community saying the institute's operations continue despite the shutdown, but added "future negative consequences" could be possible - especially with regards to JPL. "The most significant impact is on JPL," Rosenbaum said. "Prior to the shutdown, laboratory management worked with NASA to maximize the available funding for JPL's tasks. To date, JPL has been able to avoid furloughs, but may have to adjust staffing levels if the shutdown continues into February."

Doug Jones Risks His Alabama Senate Seat Over the Shutdown and the Wall, NY Times

"In Huntsville, the effect of empty offices at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on the Army's Redstone Arsenal base has rippled through the contractors, restaurants and hotels that power Rocket City. "For us, because we're a small town, the shutdown is kind of difficult. But there's also things in politics that may be worth doing," said Angie Gates, whose small family restaurant has lost patrons. "If Doug Jones doesn't support the wall, I don't support him."

Furloughed NASA employee's dream job turning into a nightmare from government shutdown, ABC 5

"A dream job quickly turning into a nightmare for one furloughed NASA Glenn Research Center employee. "They have that big sign that says research and development for the benefit of all. And my first day driving in there really made me feel like this is it, this is home," The worker said. "That job security is what drew me to it" But now he's sitting at home waiting for the shutdown to end to get back to work. "I really don't have a ton of savings built up, I just have a month or two set aside so if this lasts another week or two I'm going to be in deep water." The worker said. "I'm going to have to be talking to my landlord, talking to my creditors and telling them this is where I'm at and pretty much being at their mercy."

Shutdown imperils NASA's decadelong ice-measuring campaign, Science

"The spreading effects of the partial U.S. government shutdown have reached Earth's melting poles. IceBridge, a decadelong NASA aerial campaign meant to secure a seamless record of ice loss, has had to sacrifice at least half of what was supposed to be its final spring deployment, its scientists say. The shortened mission threatens a crucial plan to collect overlapping data with a new ice-monitoring satellite called the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)-2. The nearly monthlong spending impasse between Congress and President Donald Trump, "throws a giant wrench into that long-developed plan," says John Sonntag, an IceBridge mission scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland."

NASA postdocs hit by shutdown get emergency lifeline, Nature

"Many of the NASA fellows are foreign citizens on J-1 visas, who would have to leave the United States within 30 days if they lost their jobs. "Our understanding is that the approach we're taking means that the J-1s can continue uninterrupted," says White. That doesn't reduce the anxiety of one fellow on a J-1 visa, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid any potential retaliation. "This is a big point of concern for many of the postdocs," the person says. "With this kind of visa we cannot look for another job. That's really, really scary."

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
NASA Watch by Keith Cowing - 3d ago

The effects of the shutdown are steadily increasing, including for the #aerospace & defense industry. Our new series, which will continue each week until the government is fully funded, shares the impact of the #GovernmentShutdown on A&D. Read more: https://t.co/f0YIAehYQQ

— Aerospace Industries (@AIAspeaks) January 18, 2019

AAS community, we have put together (and are regularly updating) a "Shutdown Central" page on our website to be a source of information. If you have more information to add or stories to share, please e-mail us at shutdown2019@aas.org. https://t.co/XmOAdUUrhy

— AAS Public Policy (@AAS_Policy) January 18, 2019

One of @NASA's main problems right now is communicating with its workforce since memos and updates are sent to government and contractor email accounts that cannot be accessed during the #governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/RPnOQSENj6

— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 18, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

I am an Uber driver in the Bay Area and I am offering free rides to government employees during the shut down. If you live in Scott valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos ,Freedom, Watsonville please Just gives me a Call at (8319008444) and I will pick you up for free.

— Khaled W Moslimany (@kwm009) January 18, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

FYI @NASA employee unions: when you have these events for furloughed people remember that its not just civil servants who aren't working. Its the larger contractor community too. Civil servants will be paid. Contractor employees have no such assurances. #Governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/LDbCbps50N

— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 17, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
NASA Watch by Keith Cowing - 4d ago

Message from Bob Gibbs to the NASA Workforce - Important Information Related to the Government Shutdown, NASA

"I am reaching out on behalf of NASA's leadership to provide you with an update on the government shutdown and provide information and resources during this difficult time. While some of this information may be repetitive, we wanted to take this opportunity to both provide you with the updated information we currently have as well as highlight important issues. First, I understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. So, I would like to thank you all for your commitment and patience as the lapse in funding continues. As a reminder, important information is being added to NASA's shutdown public website on a regular basis so please remember to visit often."

Temporary Opportunities For People Affected During Shutdown (TOPAS), LinkedIn

NASA employess have created a LinkedIn Group to share Government Shutdown information: "The group offers people affected by shutdown chance to look for temporary opportunity. Businesses can find talented workforce to solve problems on temporary basis without long-term commitment."

Funding furloughed NASA postdocs, GoFundMe

"This is an emergency for these folks, both financially and professionally. A lack of funding for them will push them to find other jobs, and could lead to a significant brain drain for the United States space sciences community. So we are starting a GoFundMe campaign to allow them to continue their research during the government shutdown."

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
NASA Watch by Keith Cowing - 5d ago

Space Sciences Institute just issued a stop-work order to everyone there funded by a Federal grant (which I guess is almost everyone). #ShutdownStories

— M.-M. Mac Low (@astrocurator) January 17, 2019

The NASA Postdoctoral Program contract runs out of money tomorrow. This means its fellows - some of the best and brightest space scientists in the world - will go without pay starting Friday. These folks are contractors, which means they aren't covered by the backpay bill.

— Shawn Domagal-Goldman (@shawndgoldman) January 17, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

#NASA has hurled technology out of our solar system and has peered back at the dawn of creation. Yet this all comes to a halt when politicians back on Earth argue instead of govern. #governmentshutdown #shutdown pic.twitter.com/FB6FjuJu25

— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

'I feel ... helpless:' About 50 people protest government shutdown at NASA's Johnson Space Center https://t.co/vX4oCiHdrW @NASA #NASA #Governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/xyTZb5R87w

— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

During the #governmentshutdown Big Aerospace is apparently having its own meetings with #NASA administrator @JimBridenstine that are not open to news media. https://t.co/FQueNdWWqA

— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview