WASHINGTON, D.C. – Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) issued the following statement regarding the announcement today that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Sean O’Keefe is resigning to pursue a position with Louisiana State University (LSU):

“I was sorry to hear of Sean O’Keefe’s decision to step down as he has been an effective and forward-looking leader for NASA over the past three years.  Sean leaves NASA in far better shape than he found it.  Thanks to O’Keefe’s leadership the agency is better managed with an ambitious new vision and a solid budgetary footing.  We’re sure he will do an equally impressive job for LSU.  We look forward to working with whomever the President appoints as the next administrator to build on and give further shape to Sean’s efforts to ensure that NASA has a balanced, affordable and far-seeing portfolio of programs.”