HONORING NASA ADMINISTRATOR DANIEL GOLDIN — HON. DAVID L. HOBSON (Extensions of Remarks – November 15, 2001)

HON. DAVID L. HOBSON
OF OHIO

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, November 15, 2001

  • Mr. HOBSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to an outstanding public servant–the outgoing NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin. In his nine years with the agency, Mr. Goldin has been instrumental in shaping all aspects of NASA’s mission for the challenges of the 21st Century. He brought a welcome new management style and instituted reforms for NASA to operate “Faster, Better, and Cheaper.” Through these aggressive and innovative management changes, NASA achieved a necessary balance between

    the aeronautics and space programs. At the same time, Administrator Goldin made the safety of the Space Shuttle and Space Station crews the top priority for our space missions.

  • Mr. Goldin led the Shuttle Operations transition from an inefficient government bureaucracy to a private contractor, which significantly reduced the cost of human space flight. The cost savings realized in human space flight operations allowed NASA to dedicate additional resources for science research and aerospace technologies. This is a particular interest of mine since Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has developed preeminent capabilities in aeropropulsion systems, aerospace power

    and electric propulsion, aerospace communications, and combustion and fluids physics.

  • As anyone who knows Dan Goldin will tell you, he is not afraid to lead and direct his employees and his agency to higher levels of achievement. He has done so at NASA, and our aeronautics and space programs reflect his drive for innovation. As a Member of the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, I have enjoyed working with Administrator Goldin over the past nine years, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.