Center Director Transitions LaRC to Response Framework Stage 3

Jonny Callahan requested that the following guidance from NASA LaRC Center Director Clayton Turner be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

Dear Langley Team,

Based on careful analysis and planning, NASA Langley will transition to Stage 3 of the NASA Framework for Return to On-Site Work on Thursday, June 25. Throughout this process, your health and safety remain our top priority.

This guidance applies to civil service and contractor employees. Contractor program offices will provide contract-specific return to on-site work instructions directly to their employees.

While we are all eager to return to a sense of normalcy, let me emphasize that Stage 3 continues mandatory teleworking with on-site work limited to designated mission-essential and approved mission-critical work. Implementation is based on work that absolutely must be done on-site. We are limiting the number of personnel working in any one facility on any specific activity to further reduce risk.

We are taking a risk-based, phased approach that aligns with guidance from the White House, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the agency, while also giving careful consideration to information from our own state and local authorities.

As projects are prioritized to return on-site, a thorough Safety and Health Assessment (SHA) is conducted. The SHA is specific to the returning project and facilities that will be accessed. Additionally, returning employees receive training from the Emergency Operations Center staff that includes appropriate health and safety protocols, best practices, and necessary protective equipment. This is an extensive process. We appreciate the time and details it requires.

Plans for incrementally increasing on-site work in subsequent stages are also in development. As you can imagine, these stages will be more complicated as the number of on-site employees increases, so we will take the time needed to develop the safest possible strategy.

To facilitate a safe return, the team compiled materials containing current guidance. We may update these materials as we learn more and progress through the stages.

Additionally, please note that we are asking each returning employee or anyone accessing the center — even for an approved brief visit — to complete the “Daily COVID-19 Checklist.”

At this stage, Exchange services such as the Langley Child Development Center and fitness center will remain closed. The cafeteria will remain closed as we initially transition to Stage 3. We will assess the feasibility of providing limited food service at a future date as we move closer to Stage 2 and more employees return to on-site work.

For center access information visit LaRC SOS. Also, visit the NASA People Coronavirus page for more information. We must work through this unprecedented time together. I encourage you to review this information carefully and discuss any questions or concerns with your supervisor.

I also want to reiterate that the fundamentals still apply:

  • If you do not feel safe returning to on-site work or are at high risk, talk with your supervisor or contract management. Alternate work arrangements should be made without reservation or reprisal.
  • If you feel sick, or someone in your household is sick, stay home.
  • We each have a personal responsibility to do our part to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.
  • If you are not comfortable talking with your supervisor, reach out to the leadership team or work through Langley’s Office of Diversity and Equal Employment or Ombudsman team.

I know that you will have many questions. We will do our best to answer them over time as we progress through Stage 3. In the meantime, we welcome your questions through the Take Five Conference IO tool with the password AskHere.

We will persevere and continue to do amazing work for the agency and the nation. Please take care of yourselves and your families.

Stay safe.

Clayton Turner
Director, Langley Research Center

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LaRC Contractors Steering Council Meeting – June 22, 2020

The monthly Langley Contractors Steering Council (LCSC) meeting will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9:30 – 10:30 am.  This will be a virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams. Use this link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting:  Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Our Keynote Speakers for the LCSC June 2020 meeting are LaRC Center Director Clayton Turner and Deputy Center Director David Young.  They will be discussing planning efforts for Return to On-site Work at the Center, and answering questions submitted before the meeting.  Please submit your questions to nickie.wills-1@nasa.gov by Sunday, June 21.

The agenda for this meeting is:

Keynote Presenters – LaRC Center Director Clayton Turner and Deputy Center Director David Young: Guidance for Return to On-Site Work
Small Business Update
Contractors Steering Council Election of Deputy Co-Chair
VASBA Update

The LCSC is comprised of on/near site LaRC contractors and civil servant employees and provides timely information and feedback on Center-wide issues and activities of mutual interest.  Additionally, the council acts as a forum for informal communications between LaRC and the local contractor community.  The LCSC meets on the third Thursday of every month.

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Additional $10 Billion for CDFIs to Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program

Rob Betts requested that the following Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses. These dedicated funds will further ensure that the PPP reaches all communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic – a key priority for President Trump.

Please use this link to access the full text of SBA’s press release:

SBA and Treasury Department Announce $10 Billion for CDFIs to Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program

 

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SBA Economics Resources for COVID-19

Rob Betts requested that the following Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – 9:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Webinar: SBA Economic Resources for COVID-19(EIDL)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – 11:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 9:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Webinar: SBA Economic Resources for COVID-19(EIDL)
Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 11:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Friday, May 29, 2020 – 9:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Webinar: SBA Economic Resources for COVID-19(EIDL)
Friday, May 29, 2020 – 11:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 9:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Sunday, May 31, 2020 – 9:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored
Registration Required

Additional Resources

SCORE Coronavirus Resources

Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Resources

Virginia PTAC

Virginia SBDC Recovery Resources

Women’s Business Center (WBC) Resources

SBA EIDL and PPP Resources

Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan

Payroll Protection Plan

 

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LCSC Members Invited to Virtual VASBA Luncheon – May 21, 2020

LCSC members are invited to the Virginia Aerospace Business Association (VASBA) May Virtual Luncheon on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

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VASBA cannot hold its regular, monthly luncheon so it is holding a virtual talk instead.  The guest speaker is Clayton Turner, Director of NASA Langley Research Center.   Director Turner will share about the current state of things due to COVID-19, returning to work, upcoming NASA milestones, and what Langley is working on.

Information for joining the meeting:

We will be using Microsoft Teams for this event.
Join the Microsoft Teams Meeting

If you don’t have the Microsoft Teams app installed on your computer, when you click the link to join the meeting you will be given the choice to either download the app or join via the web. Please give yourself time to do this before the meeting starts (3-5 minutes).  When you are let into the meeting you will automatically be muted. We also ask that you turn off your video feed to maintain best meeting quality for the group.

What is VASBA?  VASBA is statewide nonprofit trade association representing the aerospace industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership includes more than 25 companies, nonprofits, and individuals representing various facets of the industry to advocate for the aerospace industry before federal, state and local policy makers.  VASBA events provide networking opportunities for aerospace industry participants with colleagues, industry leaders and policy makers. Aerospace companies, research labs, academic institutions, individuals and professional service firms are welcome to participate.

We hope you will join us on May 21!

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