NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today appointed Jeff
M. Bingham as the Acting Associate Administrator for
Legislative Affairs, effective immediately.

Bingham, who joined the Office of Legislative Affairs in 1994,
provided support to the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was
appointed Special Assistant to NASA Chief of Staff Courtney
Stadd in January.

“Jeff brings long experience in legislative and congressional
matters to this position,” said Administrator Goldin. “He
served for 17 years as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator
Jake Garn of Utah, and in that capacity was actively involved
in congressional consideration of NASA Programs.”

“His years of participation in NASA’s Office of Legislative
Affairs have enabled him to understand the agency’s
congressional relations from the point of view of both the
U.S. Congress and NASA,” Administrator Goldin concluded.

After leaving Garn’s office in 1990, Bingham served as
consultant to the Synthesis Group, an effort directed by
Apollo astronaut Gen. Tom Stafford, to prepare mission
architectures for human exploration of Mars.

Bingham later joined Science Applications International
Corporation as a senior policy analyst, and in that capacity
provided strategic planning support to NASA’s Johnson Space
Center, Houston, TX.

In 1994, Bingham was asked by NASA to provide assistance in
preparing for congressional consideration of the International
Space Station program, and he rejoined NASA, serving as
Legislative Affairs Coordinator in the agency’s Space Station
Program Office.

In 1996, he transferred to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC,
where he directed the Space Station Information Center until
early 1999. Since then, he has been fulfilling an assignment
to research and draft a book-length manuscript for the NASA
History Office covering the policy history of the space