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will be signed on behalf of NASA by areas associated with these systems the NASA General Counsel or desig- that are mission critical space systems nee.
(b) Mission Critical Positions/ Subpart 1214.4-[Reserved) : Duties. Positions/duties which, if per
formed in a faulty, negligent, or maliSubpart 1214.5 Mission Critical cious manner, could jeopardize mission
Space Systom Personnel Reliabil critical space systems and/or delay a ity Program
mission. While this regulation estab
lishes suitability screening requireSOURCE: 55 FR 53289, Dec. 28, 1990, unless ments which, if met, will allow unesotherwise noted.
corted access to mission critical space 8 1214.500 Scope.
areas, compliance with the require
ments does not authorize unescorted This subpart 1214.5 establishes a access to classified areas by Personnel program designed to ensure that per: Reliability Program (PRP) personnel sonnel assigned to mission critical po who do not have security clearances. sitions/duties meet the screening re (c) Medical Authority. A NASA civil quirements outlined in 8 1214.504 of
service or contract physician/psychiathis part.
trist responsible for maintaining medi
cal records, providing results of medi8 1214.501 Applicability.
cal evaluations, and interpreting eval(a) This regulation applies to civil uations as they relate to reliable perservice and contractor personnel at formance of mission-critical duties. NASA Headquarters and field installa. The medical authority will coordinate tions who work in activities that are evaluations with the investigatory auvital to the safety and success of mis thority. sion critical space systems.
(d) Investigatory Authority. A NASA (b) The provisions of this regulation civil service or contract individual reapply to all civil service and contractor
sponsible for reviewing court, law enpersonnel assigned to mission critical forcement (Civil, DOD, NASA, other positions/duties with the exception of Federal), and other official records the personnel addressed in
and NASA screening plans/procedures $ 1214.501(c) of this part. This in
records to provide evaluations, recomcludes command and decision making
mendations, and guidance to NASA orpersonnel as well as technicians.
ganizations, supervisors, and PRP ad(c) This regulation does not include
judicators on issuing, denying, or reflight crew or payload specialists.
voking eligibility for mission critical They are covered by NASA Manage
positions/duties. ment Instruction (NMI) 33304 (14
(e) Certification. The determination CFR part 1214, subpart 1214.11),
that an employee assigned to duties as “NASA Astronaut Candidate Recruit
described in g 1214.505 of this part, is ment and Selection Program.”
qualified to perform those duties, and (d) This regulation applies to Space
that this employee has been found reStation Freedom International Part
liable in accordance with the adjudicaners in that the certification require
tion guidelines set forth in Attachments in $ 1214.505(f) of this part
ment B of NMI 8610.13.1 apply to foreign personnel in mission critical positions/duties.
8 1214.503 Policy.
(a) The Space Shuttle and the Space 81214.502 Definitions.
Station Freedom are included in the (a) Mission Critical Space Systems. NASA National Resource Protection The Space Shuttle and other critical Program as delineated in NMI 8610.22, space systems, including Space Station “National Resource Protection ProFreedom, designated Expendable gram.” 2 The Space Shuttle and the Launch Vehicles (ELV's), designated payloads, Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Copies may be obtained from NASA other designated resources that pro- Headquarters (Code NA-2), Washington, DC vide access to space. The Director of 20546. each NASA Installation will designate ? See footnote 1 to $ 1214.502(e).
Space Station Freedom provide a capa. (b) Determination of suitability for bility to support a wide range of scien- assignment to mission critical positific applications and commercial, de tions/duties will be made on the basis fense, and international uses. Since
of the following criteria: they will contribute significantly to
(1) Supervisory nomination (per reensuring a scientifically, technological
quirements of $ 1214.505(c) of this ly, and economically strong and secure
part) and assurance of ability to pernation, program reliability, operation
form mission critical duties as evi. al and safety considerations require
denced by performance during trainthat stringent measures be taken to provide for the protection of the sys
ing and while on the job. tems. In addition to the Space Shuttle
(2) Medical evaluation (for cause and the Space Station Freedom, desig
only) by NASA designated medical/ nated ELV's, designated payloads,
psychiatric authority consistent with: Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and other des (i) The guidelines and requirements ignated resources which provide the of the NASA Occupational Health Di. same critical access to space or the vision as required to ensure adequate ability to accomplish critical objectives health for competent and reliable perin space are considered to constitute formance; and valued national resources.
(ii) Information developed by test(b) Measures to ensure this protec
ing, review and other screening regardtion are:
ing an individual's health, drug or al(1) Special physical security provi.
cohol abuse, or other factors which sions as provided in NMI 8610.22.3
may reflect adversely on his or her (2) Procedures to ensure that per
cognizance, judgement, and ability to sonnel assigned to mission critical positions/duties meet screening require
act reliably. Such information shall be ments, as set forth in 8 1214.504 of this
considered “cause" within the meanpart prior to unescorted access to
ing of this subsection. areas where mission critical space sys
(iii) All information obtained by tems are located.
medical or Employee Assistance Pro
gram evaluation is subject to federal 8 1214.504 Screening requirements.
and state statutes and regulations per(a) Only those persons who are certi. taining to the privacy and confidenfied under the PRP will have unes- tiality of patient/client information. corted access to mission critical space (3) Evaluation by a NASA-designatsystems areas, be assigned to, em ed investigatory authority including a ployed in, or retained in mission criti. review of the results of any National cal positions/duties. While this regula
Agency Check (including a name tion provides for unescorted access to
check of the Federal Bureau of Invesmission critical space systems areas, it
tigation (FBI) fingerprint records) does not preclude the need for escort
completed within the past 5 years. ing of PRP personnel who do not have
When the National Agency Check insecurity clearances in classified areas.
dicates that a more extensive investiThe certification will be based on an
gation has been completed, the results evaluation of screening data which is
of that investigation will also be reto be undertaken by a trained evaluator using evaluation guidance and cri
viewed. teria contained in Federal Personnel
(4) Local agency checks as appropriManual (FPM) chapter 731 and At
ate. tachment B (Adjudication Guidelines) (5) A review of the PRP candidate's of NMI 8610.13.4 The need for impar. personnel employment records. tial and consistent evaluation of data (6) A review of the Inspector Generbased on a set of standards is consid- al case files. ered paramount to the successful im (c) Information acquired during the plementation of this program.
screening process will be protected in a
manner consistent with the provisions 3 See footnote 1 to $ 1214.502(e).
of the Privacy Act and other pertinent * See footnote 1 to $ 1214.502(e).
laws and regulations.
8 1214.505 Program implementation. issued as required by applicable direc
tives. (a) The Director of each NASA In
(3) Brief PRP candidates and rebrief stallation will designate mission criti.
PRP personnel on the needs and cal space systems areas.
intent of the PRP. (b) NASA installations will identify positions/duties subject to this regula
(4) Monitor and continually evaluate
personnel for steady reliable performtion and will identify all civil service
ance and notify the certifying official and contractor personnel assigned to
if changes occur which may comprothese positions/duties. The number of
mise the safety and reliability of mispersons so identified must be the abso
sion critical space systems. lute minimum necessary to meet oper
(e) NASA Headquarters Office of ational requirements.
Safety and Mission Quality (Code Q) (c) Each NASA installation to which
will act as the Office of Primary Rethis regulation is applicable will estab
sponsibility (OPR) for PRP policy and lish:
oversight (periodic review). The certi(1) A suitability certification system fication of Headquarters personnel including a designated certifying offi will be carried out by the Office of cial to ensure that the screening re- Headquarters Operations (Code D) in quirements of this regulation are met. accordance with $ 1214.505 of this Adjudication Guidelines (Attachment part. B of NMI 8610.13) 5 provides a baseline (f) Foreign representatives requiring for each installation to consider in for access to mission critical space systems mulating a certification approach. The or having the need to assume mission screening/evaluation plans and proce
critical positions/duties (as defined in dures formulated at each installation $ 1214.502 of this part) pursuant to will be approved by Headquarters international agreements also require (Office of Safety and Mission Quality certification under this program. (Code Q) and appropriate Program As NASA will accept certifications from sociate Administrators) before imple foreign agencies following review mentation.
under the NASA Headquarters process (2) A management review process to ($ 1214.505(e) of this part), if a written validate the objectivity of individual agreement has been reached with the suitability certification determinations foreign sponsoring agency whereby and to ensure that reassignments or NASA recognizes the foreign agency's other personnel actions taken pursu process as equivalent to its own. Such ant to this regulation are fair and in agreements will be negotiated by the consonance with applicable personnel International Relations Division (Code policies and procedures.
XI) with the concurrence of the NASA (3) An adequate training program Headquarters Office of Safety and for certifying officials, supervisors, ad.
Mission Quality (Code Q) and the Projudicators, and other installation per
gram Office responsible for the prosonnel approved by Headquarters gram to which such access is sought. Code Q before implementation.'
The intent of the certification process (4) Each NASA installation will
is that foreign personnel are screened maintain a roster of installation adju
as thoroughly as are U.S. citizens who dicators. Directors of the Installations
have access to mission critical space will approve appointment of adjudica
systems areas or who have the need to tors.
assume mission critical duties. (d) Supervisors will:
· (g) NASA will accept certifications
from other Federal agenices, depart(1) Review for reliability and nomi
ments, and offices following review nate personnel whose duties require
under the NASA Headquarters process certification under the PRP.
(Section 1214.505(e) of this part), if a (2) Certify that the PRP candidate
written agreement has been reached holds current licenses, skill training
whereby NASA recognizes that proccertificates, and other documentation
ess as equivalent to its own. Such
agreements will be negotiated by the s See footnote 1 to $ 1214.502(e).
NASA Headquarters Office of Safety
and Mission Quality (Code Q) and the sons without reference to higher auProgram Office responsible for the thority. program to which such access is (b) Constraints. Mementos to be carsought. A security clearance to access ried on Space Shuttle flights must be classified material is not sufficient to approved by the Associate Administrameet the certification requirements of tor for Space Flight and are stowed this regulation.
only in an OFK or a PPK. Mementos
will not be carried within payload conSubpart 1214.6—Mementos Aboard tainers, including Get-Away Specials, Space Shuttle Flights
or in any other container or locker
aboard the Space Shuttle, other than AUTHORITY: Pub. L. 85-568, 72 Stat. 426 within the designated OFK or PPK. (42 U.S.C. 2473(c)).
(c) Economic Gain. Items carried in SOURCE: 56 FR 31074, July 9, 1991, unless
an OFK or a PPK will not be sold, otherwise noted.
transferred for sale, used or trans8 1214.600 Scope.
ferred for personal gain, or used or
transferred for any commercial or This subpart establishes policy, pro
fund-raising purpose. Items such as cedures, and responsibilities for select
philatelic materials and coins that, by ing, approving, packing, storing, and
their nature, lend themselves to exdisposing of mementos carried on
ploitation by the recipients, or create Space Shuttle flights.
problems with respect to good taste; or 8 1214.601 Definitions.
that are large, bulky, or heavy items
(in the context of the OFK's size, as (a) Mementos. Flags, patches, insig.
indicated in $ 1214.601(b) of this part) nia, medallions, minor graphics, and similar items of little commercial
will not be approved for flight. value, especially suited for display by
8 1214.603 Official Flight Kit (OFK). the individuals or groups to whom they have been presented.
(a) Purpose. The OFK on a particu(b) Official Flight Kit (OFK). A con lar flight enables NASA, developers of tainer. approximately 0.057 cubic NASA sponsored payloads, NASA's exmeters (2 cubic feet) in size, reserved ternal payload customers, other Federfor carrying official mementos of al agencies, researchers, aerospace NASA and other organizations aboard contractors, and counterpart instituSpace Shuttle flights. No personal
tions of friendly foreign countries to items will be carried in the OFK.
utilize mementos as awards and com(c) Personal Preference Kit (PPK). A mendations or preserve them in musecontainer, approximately 12.82 centi ums or archives. The courtesy is also meters x 20.51 centimeters x 5.13 centi. extended to other organizations outmeters (5"X8"x2") in size, separately side the aerospace community, such as assigned to each individual accompa state and local governments, the acanying a Space Shuttle flight for carry. demic community, and independent ing personal mementos during the business entities. In the latter case, it flight.
is customary to fly only one item for
the requesting organization to be used 8 1214.602 Policy.
for display purposes. (a) Premise. Mementos are welcome (b) Limitations. In addition to aboard Space Shuttle flights. Howev. $ 1214.602(c) of this part, U.S. national er, they are flown as a courtesy-not flags will not be flown as mementos as an entitlement. The Associate Ad except by U.S. Government sponsors. ministrator for Space Flight is free to (c) Approval of Contents. At least 60 make exceptions to this accommoda days prior to the launch of a Space tion without explanation. Moreover, Shuttle flight, an authorized repremementos are ballast not payload. sentative of each organization desiring They can be reduced or eliminated (by mementos to be carried on the flight the Deputy Director, Space Shuttle in the OFK must submit a letter or reProgram, Johnson Space Center) for quest describing the item(s) to be weight, volume, or other technical rea- flown and the intended purpose or distribution. Letters should be directed to will be authorized only by the Associthe cognizant NASA office as follows: ate Administrator for Space Flight.
(1) Space Shuttle customers/users of (c) Approval of Contents. At least 60 any nature, to the Director of Trans days before the scheduled launch of a portation Services, Code MC, NASA Space Shuttle flight, each person asHeadquarters, Washington, DC 20546. signed to the flight who desires to
(2) Foreign organizations/individ carry items in a PPK must submit a uals, and Department of Defense orga proposed list of items and their recipinizations/individuals (both other than ents to the Associate Director, Johnas a Space Shuttle customer) and son Space Center. The Associate Diother Federal agencies to the Associ- rector will review the requests for ate Administrator of External Rela- compliance with this subpart and tions, Code X. NASA Headquarters. submit the crew members' PPK lists Washington, DC 20546. Upon receipt
through supervisory channels to the of all requests, the cognizant offices
Associate Administrator for Space will review and forward data to the As
Flight for approval. A signed copy of sociate Director, Code AC, Johnson
the Associate Administrator for Space Space Center, Houston, TX 77058.
Flight's approval will be returned to (3) All others (aerospace companies,
the Director, Johnson Space Center, state and local governments, the aca
for appropriate distribution. demic community, and non-space-related businesses) may send requests di
§ 1214.605 Preflight packing and storing. rectly to the Associate Director, Code (a) Items intended for inclusion AC, Johnson Space Center, Houston, OFK's or PPK's must arrive at the TX 77058. In the event OFK requests, Johnson Space Center, Code AC, at on a particular flight, exceed OFK ca- least 45 days prior to the flight on pability, priority consideration may be which they are scheduled in order for given to those entities having payloads them to be listed on the cargo manion that flight. The listing of the pro
isting of the oro fest, packaged, weighed, and stowed posed OFK contents for each flight is aboard the Orbiter. Items must arrive prepared at the Johnson Space Center at the Johnson Space Center prior to and forwarded to the Associate Ad
the 45-day limit even if the Associate ministrator for Space Flight approxi
Administrator for Space Flight's apmately 30 days prior to launch for ap
proval is still pending. Items not approval.
proved by the Associate Administrator
for Space Flight will be returned to 8 1214.604 Personal Preference Kit (PPK). the requesting individual/organiza
tion. (a) Purpose. The PPK enables persons accompanying Space Shuttle
(b) The Associate Director, Johnson
Space Center, is responsible for the flights to carry personal items for use as mementos. Only those individuals
following: actually accompanying such flights
(1) Securing the items while await(astronaut crew members, payload spe
ing the launch on which they are cialists, and space flight participants)
manifested. may request authorization to carry
(2) Packaging, weighing, and stowing personal items as mementos. These
the items according to the manifests items must be carried in individually
approved by the Associate Administraassigned PPK's.
tor for Space Flight. (b) Limitations. The contents of a PPK must be limited to 20 separate
8 1214.606 Postflight disposition. items, with a total weight of 0.682 kilo The Associate Director, Johnson grams (1.5 pounds). Each item is allo Space Center, will: cated for a different recipient and dis (a) Receive and inventory all items tributed accordingly. The volume of a flown in the OFK and PPK's followPPK must be contained in a 12.82 cen- ing each Shuttle flight. timeters x 20.51 centimeters x 5.13 cen. (b) Return the contents of the timeters (5"X8"x2") bag provided by PPK's to the persons who submitted NASA. Increases in these limitations them.