LaRC Contractors Steering Council Meeting – December 7, 2022

Join us for the next Contractor’s Steering Council (LCSC) meeting Wednesday, December 7, at 2:00 pm. This month’s LCSC meeting will feature a Langley Contractors Steering Council Year in Review by LCSC Chair Chris Fannin, and a State of the Center Keynote Address by NASA LaRC Deputy Director Dave Young. This meeting will be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow members of the NASA LaRC contractor community. Light refreshments will be provided.

This will be a hybrid meeting. The in-person location is NASA LaRC IESB, building 2102, NACA Room. Please use the link below to join the meeting online.

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  • Welcome and Opening Comments
  • LCSC Year in Review – Chris Fannin, LCSC Chair
  • State of the Center Keynote Address – Dave Young, NASA LaRC Deputy Director
  • Special Topics and Look Ahead
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LaRC Contractors Steering Council Meeting – November 17, 2022

Join us for the next Contractor’s Steering Council (LCSC) meeting Thursday, November 17, at 2:00 pm. This month’s LCSC meeting will feature guest speakers Martha Gross, on the engineering as well as the management, coordination, planning, and contracting of the HRBT Expansion Project, and Shelley Bond, on Pamunkey Indian Enterprises, plus an Office of Procurement update by Rob Betts.

This will be a hybrid meeting. The in-person location is NASA LaRC IESB, building 2102, NACA Room. Please use the link below to join the meeting online.

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  • Welcome and Opening Comments
  • VASBA Update– Laura Blumberg
  • LaRC Office of Procurement (OP) Update – Rob Betts
  • Return to Onsite Work (RTOW) Update – Rob Betts
  • Small Business Update – Rob Betts
  • Partnerships Update – Kerry Leonard
  • Guest Speakers – Shelley Bond and Andy Murphy, Pamunkey Indian Enterprises Professional Services
  • Guest Speakers – Martha Gross, Technical Director of VDOT HRBT Expansion Project, and Ha Koehler, HRBT Communications Consultant
  • Special Topics and Look Ahead

LaRC Small Business Update Slides by Rob Betts, November 17, 2022

Pamunkey Indian Enterprises Professional Services slides by Shelley Bond and Andy Murphy, November 17, 2022

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion website

LCSC Meeting Minutes by Jenny Monokrousos, November 17, 2022

Special thanks to Martha Gross, Technical Director of VDOT HRBT Expansion Project, and Ha Koehler, HRBT Communications Consultant for their presentation on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion on November 17, 2022.
Martha Gross and Ha Koehler presentation on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion
Martha Gross and Ha Koehler presentation on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion
The Slurry Treatment Plant (STP) for the HRBT Expansion is named in honor of Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
Group photo of in-person attendees and guest speakers at the November 17, 2022 LCSC meeting
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LaRC Contractors Steering Council Meeting – October 20, 2022

Join us for the next Contractor’s Steering Council (LCSC) meeting Thursday, October 20, at 2:00 pm. This month’s LCSC meeting will feature guest speakers Mike Fremaux and Christopher Combs, plus an Office of Procurement update by Susan McClain.

This will be a hybrid meeting. The in-person location is NASA LaRC IESB, building 2102, NACA Room. Please use the link below to join the meeting online.

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  • Welcome and Opening Comments
  • VASBA Update– Laura Blumberg
  • LaRC Office of Procurement (OP) Update – Susan McClain
  • Return to Onsite Work (RTOW) Update – Susan McClain
  • Small Business Update (slides only) – Rob Betts
  • Partnerships Update – Kerry Leonard
  • Guest Speaker – Mike Fremaux, Associate Director for Intelligent Flight Systems, Research Directorate
  • Guest Speaker – Dr. Christopher Combs, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
  • Special Topics and Look Ahead

LaRC Small Business Update Slides by Rob Betts, October 20, 2022

UTSA Hypersonic Test Capabilities and Workforce Development Slides by Christopher Combs, October 20, 2022

LCSC Meeting Minutes by Jenny Monokrousos, October 20, 2022

Mike Fremaux discusses the new FDRF
Special thanks to Mike Fremaux for his presentation on the new Flight Dynamics Research Facility at LaRC on October 20,2022.
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Update to COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors Regarding Guidance on Vaccination Testing, Attestation, and Quarantining

Susan McClain, Director of NASA LaRC’s Office of Procurement, requested that the following information, issued by Assistant Administrator for Procurement Karla Smith Jackson on August 24, 2022, be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their guidance and recommendations for COVID-19 risk, prevention steps, post-exposure precautions, and actions to take when individuals are sick or test positive for the virus. To align with recently published CDC guidance, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force identified changes to COVID-19 safety protocols for Federal Agencies. Therefore, NASA is providing updated COVID-19 guidance regarding access to NASA buildings and facilities to onsite contractor employees, grant and cooperative agreement recipients, and other visitors. Specifically, the following policy changes are effective immediately:

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination. NASA will stop COVID-19 screening testing programs that differentiate among individuals based on their vaccination status, regardless of community levels.
    • Testing is no longer required for unbadged on-site contractor employees, on-site grant and cooperative agreement recipients, and other unvaccinated visitors coming on center. 
    • Testing will continue where it is required for operational reasons as determined by NASA.
  2. Vaccination Status. NASA will not require on-site contractor employees, on-site grant and cooperative agreement recipients, and other visitors to provide information about their COVID-19 vaccination status via the Certification of Vaccination form, regardless of community levels.
  3. Post-Exposure Precautions. NASA will no longer require individuals who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations to quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure as long as they remain asymptomatic. However, individuals are required to follow CDC guidance on post-exposure precautions regardless of community levels.

The guidance above is separate and distinct from requirements of Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. As stated in previous guidance dated December 9, 2021, NASA continues to take no action to enforce NASA FAR deviation clause 52.223-99, Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, in contracts or contract-like instruments implementing requirements of Executive Order 14042, absent further written notice from the agency.

Additional information about the coronavirus, including preventative best practices and lessons learned is being continuously updated. Contractor employees and grant and cooperative agreement recipients are responsible for monitoring local radio, television stations, and other communications channels for updates.

I appreciate your cooperation and continued commitment to safety and the NASA mission. Please direct any other questions concerning this letter to your cognizant NASA contracting officer or grant officer.

Update_to_COVID-19_Safety_Protocols_Jackson_220824.pdf

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NASA LGBTQ+ Vendor Equity Forum on August 30, 2022

Susan McClain, Director of NASA LaRC’s Office of Procurement, requested that the following training opportunity be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

The NASA Office of Procurement will present its Inaugural LCBTQ+ Vendor Equity Forum on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time.  Please join NASA’s Senior Program and Procurement Leaders to learn about the mission, major programs, and contracting opportunities that exist.

Attendees are asked to please register for this program on EventBrite. Questions about this event can be submitted to hq-op-deia@mail.nasa.gov.

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