After leaving the space community waiting and wondering for months, the White House is expected to nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA administrator as soon as Sept. 5.
Pace, currently the director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, previously worked at NASA and other agencies involved with space issues before joining the Space Policy Institute.
Two people who served on the NASA transition team for the Trump administration said July 11 they don’t expect the White House to rush the development of a new national space policy.
The White House’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal seeks to cancel five NASA Earth science projects and confirms plans to shut down the agency’s education office as part of more than $560 million in cuts from 2017.
More than $560 million in budget cuts will be spread across many NASA programs, from science to human spaceflight, when the White House releases its complete fiscal year 2018 budget proposal next week.
The Oklahoma Republican told a Tulsa TV station that he was recently interviewed again by the White House for the job.
The White House announced April 14 that President Donald Trump had nominated to the board of the Export-Import Bank two former members of Congress, one of them a staunch critic of the bank’s lending practices.
The Trump administration is asking Congressional appropriators to cut $90 million from NOAA weather satellite programs and $50 million from NASA science programs in any fiscal year 2017 spending bills they approve in the next month.
Vice President Mike Pence said March 21 that he expects the Trump administration to reestablish the National Space Council, a move that has the backing of a key member of Congress.
A fiscal year 2018 budget proposal released by the Trump administration March 16 would cancel NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and several Earth science programs, but spares NASA the deeper cuts proposed for many other agencies.
Vice President Mike Pence didn’t offer any hints about what the Trump administration might do in space when he met with Buzz Aldrin last week, the former astronaut said March 14.
A presidential transition process that will start in earnest at NASA after Election Day in November will not wrap up until long after Inauguration Day in January, an agency official said Oct. 25.
The White House said June 7 it would veto the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the defense authorization bill for 2017, citing its objections to several military space sections of the bill, including four launch related provisions.
The present-day debate about a policy change to allow the use of ICBM motors to provide lower cost commercial launches mirrors one from the early 1990s.
The White House has endorsed a proposal where the FAA would provide oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities, eliminating a policy barrier for proposed missions beyond Earth orbit.