Annual State of NASA Address, Media Budget Briefing Set for March 28

Bill Nelson

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Bill Nelson will give the 2022 State of NASA address at 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 28, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Nelson will highlight NASA’s plans to explore the Moon and Mars, address climate change, promote racial and economic equity, and drive economic growth while sustaining U.S. leadership in aviation and aerospace innovation.

Following the State of NASA, Associate Administrator Bob Cabana and Chief Financial Officer Margaret Vo Schaus will host a virtual media teleconference at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s fiscal year 2023 funding request for the agency. Joining them for questions and answers are senior leaders from each of NASA’s mission directorates.

Audio from the budget briefing will stream live on NASA’s website.

Timing of these activities are based on the President’s budget release on Monday and are subject to change. Budget proposal for NASA and supporting information will post online March 28 as soon as possible at:

https://www.nasa.gov/budget

Statements on Senate Confirmation of Margaret Vo Schaus as NASA CFO

Margaret Vo Schaus

The following are statements from Margaret Vo Schaus, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy on Friday’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Vo Schaus as NASA’s chief financial officer:

“It’s an honor to be confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chief financial officer at NASA and I am grateful for the opportunity to help carry on this agency’s great legacy both in space and here on Earth,” said Vo Schaus. “I look forward to working with Administrator Nelson and Deputy Administrator Melroy to oversee NASA’s budget to support the workforce and the groundbreaking missions ahead. The budget is not just about enabling us to explore the cosmos – it allows us to create educational opportunities, incredible jobs, and inspire the next generation of astronauts and scientists here on Earth, who continue to raise the standard for scientific excellence around the globe. As we continue to explore the universe, expand critical Earth science research to combat climate change, and maintain the world’s most talented workforce, I am fully committed to helping ensure the president and administrator’s vision is carried out here at NASA.”

“Margaret has demonstrated the ability to lead and manage operations at the Departments of Energy and Defense, and she will bring her expertise to do an outstanding job here at NASA,” said Nelson. “Sending the first woman and person of color to the Moon and preparing for human spaceflight to Mars requires steady management, coordination and planning, and that starts with managing the budget for all of NASA’s assets. Margaret will be integral to determining future missions and help turn program dreams into reality. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong commitment to supporting a diverse workforce, and I look forward to working with her on NASA’s budget as we look to the future.”

“The chief financial officer is vital to the success of NASA and its many missions, and Margaret will be paramount to ensuring the agency remains a responsible steward of public funding and trust,” said Melroy. “The complexity of the missions at hand from the Moon to Mars and beyond cannot be understated and Margaret has the many skills required of the job. As a first-generation Vietnamese American, she serves as an inspiration for women of color, immigrant communities, and the next generation of students pursuing their dreams. Margaret has shown exceptional skill and management through her already impressive resume and will undoubtedly ensure the success of NASA’s long-term missions and the agency as a whole.”

For information about NASA’s missions, discoveries, and activities, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov

Biden Sends NASA CFO Nomination to Senate

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve:

Margaret Vo Schaus, Nominee for Chief Financial Officer, National Aeuronatics and Space Administration

Margaret Vo Schaus is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Over the past decade, she has held numerous leadership roles with responsibility for the financial management and business operations of science and engineering organizations at the Departments of Energy and Defense. She currently serves as the Director for Business Operations in the Office of the Under Secretary Research and Engineering at the Department of Defense, where she is responsible for oversight of a multibillion dollar budget.

Schaus has been recognized with awards including the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the Department of Energy’s Distinguished Career Service Award, and the Secretary of Energy’s Honor Award.  She is a first-generation Vietnamese American, born in Michigan and raised in southern California. She received a B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society as well as English from Stanford University, and a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Nelson as NASA Administrator

Bill Nelson

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the nomination of former Sen. Bill Nelson to be NASA Administrator.

Nelson, 78, served three terms in the U.S. Senate from 2001-2019, where he was a strong backer of NASA and the U.S. space program. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-2001. Nelson is considered to be a moderate Democrat.

In January 1986, Nelson flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia as a payload specialist while serving in the House. This was the flight immediately prior to the loss of the space shuttle Challenger later that month.

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