NASA FACT SHEET
FY 2022 Budget Request
Safety, Security, and Mission Services
Safety, Security, and Mission Services (SSMS) enable NASA’s missions by providing foundational support capabilities. SSMS provides strategic direction and integration of essential business and technical functions across NASA’s nine centers and Headquarters. SSMS funds independent oversight of NASA’s mission programs to ensure the health and safety of NASA employees and the public. SSMS provides services and capabilities that ensure NASA has the technical skills, physical assets, financial resources, and top talent to be successful, safe, and reliable.
Goal 4 of the NASA Strategic Plan directs mission support to optimize its capabilities and operations to enable the Agency’s missions in six key areas: (1) partnership strategies, (2) space access and services, (3)safety and mission assurance, (4) human capital management, (5) protection and cybersecurity, and(6)infrastructure and asset management. In response, NASA transitioned critical business services (e.g., human resource management, asset management, finance, and IT) to an enterprise management and service delivery model. An enterprise model will ensure NASA has the flexible, affordable, and adaptive services needed in the future. To achieve this level of service, SSMS will prioritize critical support, optimize operations, and mature enterprise capabilities.
In FY 2022, in addition to ensuring the foundational support services and safety oversight for NASA’s missions, SSMS is focused on key initiatives based on critical needs:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: NASA is committed to implementing data analytics, workforce training, and leadership development and other services that will increase the inclusivity of the NASA workforce, science community, and space partners.
- Business Innovation: NASA will invest in Agency-wide business innovations that create strategic cohesion, service resilience, new efficiencies, and cutting-edge capabilities for mission success.
- Cybersecurity: NASA will target vital cybersecurity needs to protect against increasing cyberattacks and the threat of losing data, technology, and communications. This includes cloud security, Security Operations Center enhancements, encryption, Multi-Factor Authentication, increased logging functions, and enhanced monitoring tools.
- Electric Vehicles: NASA will implement the Federal government objectives of building out electric vehicle infrastructure to enable a fleet of vehicles with fewer carbon emissions and lower costs.
- Orbital Debris: With increased commercial and international activity in space, NASA will increase its work to understand the debris environment and mitigation options for orbital debris hazards that may threaten safe and secure space transit.
Mission Services and Capabilities (MSaC) provides enterprise solutions under three programs to meet workforce, infrastructure, information technology, and business operations requirements necessary to enable NASA’s mission. MSaC ensures that critical Agency operations are effective, efficient, safe, and meet statutory, regulatory, and fiduciary responsibilities. These mission enabling services, capabilities and related processes provide efficient and effective administration across all NASA centers.
- Information Technology (IT) provides secure connectivity and data access for the NASA workforce and its partners – deploying over 100,000 continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) tools across the corporate and mission networks and achieving Personal Identity Verification (PIV) access for 90 percent of unprivileged and 100 percent of privileged users. The program provides NASA end-users with cloud-based email and collaboration capabilities. The IT program supports over 250 applications that empower scientific research and mission support and the processing of approximately 4.3 million inquiries per year about NASA’s Scientific and Technical Information, which provide the scientific community the information needed to achieve new discoveries.
- Mission-Enabling Services provides an enterprise approach to managing NASA’s business operations and mission support activities. Missions rely on these institutional services to provide the business services and skilled staff required to accomplish their objectives. Business services include financial management, human capital management, procurement, small business, legislative affairs, equal opportunity and diversity management, legal, communications, international and interagency relations, and protective services.
- Infrastructure and Technical Capabilities (I&TC) enables NASA missions. The I&TC program provides sustainment, operations and maintenance for facilities and technical capabilities. The program also provides effective oversight and management of real property, environmental program activities, aircraft operations, and logistics functions. These capabilities enable NASA to meet its statutory and regulatory responsibilities and ensure that the necessary infrastructure is available to meet mission requirements. This mission is accomplished through effective management of assets and capabilities; proactive coordination with NASA mission directorates; enhanced institutional planning; proactive deployment of sustainable practices; ongoing regulatory compliance; and reducing infrastructure-related risks.
- Engineering, Safety, and Operations provides for the ongoing management and operations of NASA Headquarters, nine field centers, and component facilities under two programs that support scientific and engineering activities. They contribute to the reduction of program risks by ensuring that technical skills and assets are ready and available to meet program and project milestones; mission and research endeavors are technically and scientifically sound; and center practices are safe and reliable.
- Agency Technical Authority (ATA) programs protect the health and safety of the NASA workforce by evaluating programs, projects, and operations to ensure safety and success. ATA trains and maintains a technical workforce for system engineering, system safety, reliability, quality, and space medicine. Through independent analysis and subject matter expertise, ATA develops policy, designs procedural requirements, and provides recommendations to NASA’s Administrator, mission directorates, center directors, and program managers, who are ultimately responsible for the safety and success of all NASA activities. ATA is the foundation of NASA’s system of checks and balances, defined in NASA’s Strategic Management and Governance Handbook.
- Center Engineering, Safety, and Operations (CESO) is a key component of NASA’s overall approach to risk management. CESO provides center-level independent technical authority, strategic direction, and flexibility. Center-level oversight and reporting activities uphold the strategy and guidance from Agency Technical Authorities (ATAs), putting checks on safety, engineering, and mission assurance that are separate from mission directorates. CESO funds corporate leadership, NASA Headquarters operations and center management. Institutional and safety support for center operations and infrastructure are vital to allow centers the flexibility to address and manage conditions unique to their center. CESO ensures that Agency policies and guidance are operationalized across centers with consistency and efficiency.
FY 2020 reflects funding amounts specified in Public Law 116-93, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, as adjusted in NASA’s FY 2021 Initial Operating Plan, except Exploration Ground System Development and Exploration CoF. Table does not reflect emergency supplemental funding provided for NASA and included in the Safety, Security, and Mission Services account, as specified in Public Law 116-136, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, totaling $60.0 million. FY 2021 reflects funding amounts specified in Public Law 116-260, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, as adjusted by NASA’s FY 2021 Initial Operating Plan.