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Colleagues,

Thank you for joining last week’s town hall. I always enjoy the opportunity to connect and share updates about what’s going on at our center. You can access the Town Hall replay here.

I’m pleased to announce that effective Monday, July 12, Langley Research Center will be transitioning to Stage 2 of the agency framework for return to on-site work.

At this time, the federal occupancy limit remains in place which means that we will not see immediate changes to the level of on-site work. However, this transition prepares us for when the agency is approved to expand capacity beyond 25%. It also positions us to continue preparations for Stage 1.

Like our previous transitions, your health, safety, and well-being remain our top priority and as such we have used a methodical, risk-based, and data-driven approach to decide when we can responsibly move to Stage 2. As outlined in the Town Hall:

Additionally, we will monitor and follow guidance provided via the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force.

What remains the same from Stage 3

On-site projects activities must be approved through the return to on-site work (RTOW 2.0) process. Employees who must be on-site to perform their work may return with center/supervisor approval. All other personnel will continue to telework.

We will continue to actively manage who is accessing the center in order to adhere to capacity limitations and ensure contact tracing protocols are in place, if needed.

All personnel will follow the latest facility safety protocols.

What changes from Stage 3

The work that will be allowable on-site will expand beyond mission critical activities with Directorate level approval.

You can review the latest guidance from the agency regarding travel for fully vaccinated personnel by clicking here.

Visitors required for approved on-site activities will be allowed with Directorate level approval.

We will continue to review options for food service, daycare, and the fitness center.

To facilitate the transition on July 12, we are updating our return to on-site work materials. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

Our ability to transition is in large part due to your vigilance, in our work and in the community during this challenging time. Stay tuned for additional guidance as the agency works through the federal occupancy limit and we continue to make strides in our transition.

 

Stay healthy and safe.

 

Dave Young

Deputy Director

 

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Previous Messages from Office of Director

May 17, 2021 (click down arrow for message)

Colleagues –

The health and safety of the NASA Langley community remain our top priority. It is great to see improvements in national and local conditions relating to COVID-19 cases along with availability and distribution of the vaccines. For now, we remain in Stage 3 of the Return to On-Site Work Framework, however this is a good opportunity to remind everyone to stay alert for the latest information.

On Friday, we received a message from Deputy Associate Administrator Melanie Saunders with updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. I encourage you to review the message by clicking here. We will be updating signage on the center accordingly. Please be patient as we work through this process.

We will be communicating more as we navigate through the stages.

Stay healthy and safe.

Clayton

 

November 19, 2020 (click down arrow for message)

Colleagues,

As we look ahead to the end of the calendar year, I want to provide you with an update on our status, approach to increasing on-site work and ongoing focus on health and safety.

We remain in Stage 3 of the Framework for Return to On-Site Work (RTOW) and continue to actively monitor COVID-19 related metrics at the federal, state, and local level. Based on the current landscape, we do not anticipate a formal transition to stage 2 until sometime into the new year. A decision on the transition to stage 2 will be made after careful consideration of the COVID-19 metrics and our ability to adhere to agency health and safety guidance.

RTOW 2.0 gives organizational directors the authority to approve on-site work projects by using our established processes for planning and scheduling work, ensuring facility readiness and conforming to the COVID-19 safety and health protocols. This complements the new center access process that Dave Young mentioned in his Oct. 8 message.

We are able to make progress like this because we have learned a lot over the past several months, as an agency and as a center, about how we can operate safely and effectively in the new reality imposed by COVID-19. We must, however, remain vigilant.

To minimize risk, we are requiring that masks be worn inside all buildings and facilities on center. An exception will be made if an employee is working by themselves in a closed office, however all other exceptions must be reviewed by the Safety & Mission Assurance Office. Additionally, continue to monitor the health and safety guidelines. Recent additions include Safety and Health Requirements; Respirators, Masks and Face Coverings; and updated RTOW Frequently Asked Questions.

I encourage you to continue visiting LaRC SOS periodically, especially if you are planning to come on center, for the latest information and guidelines.

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, thank you for all you are doing to take care of yourselves, your families and one another.

Clayton

 

 

Wednesday, August 13th (click down arrow for message)

Colleagues –

Congratulations to the NASA Langley teams who played important roles in the successful launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and the successful conclusion of Demo-2 with the return of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

We continue to monitor national, state, and local conditions and guidance related to COVID-19 and will continue to operate in the Stage 3 posture. During this time, we are making good progress bringing mission-critical and mission-essential work back on center in a safe manner. We have approximately 30 projects up and running, with more under consideration.

When we consider bringing work back on-site, we do so with all due diligence, making sure we can do it in the safest way possible. I extend my appreciation to the teams who are managing the Return to On-Site Work processes and procedures to help ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone.

If you go on center for any reason — and even while you are out in the community — do what you can to be safe and live the Langley culture of caring. On center, adhere to the Daily COVID-19 Checklist and comply with health and safety protocols. Don’t come to work if you are sick — even if you think it may be a cold. Wear your mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. Demonstrate our culture of caring with our security officers by also wearing your mask when you come through the gate.

Many teams are evaluating what their work environments may look like in the future with an eventual transition from mandatory to maximum telework. We appreciate their efforts and proactive approach. We know that the prospect of extended teleworking may bring mixed emotions and I encourage you to take care of yourselves and be mindful of your emotional and physical well-being during these unprecedented times.

More immediately, changes in child care availability and the upcoming school year — with virtual and hybrid models being planned — can be significant stressors for the parents among us. The Langley Child Development Center remains closed as we closely monitor and assess the environment with a focus on the health and safety of attendees, teachers and staff.

Each family will have to determine how to best navigate these challenges. We cannot eliminate the stress, but we are dedicated to working together to reduce that stress. I encourage each of you to have a conversation with your supervisor in order to find the best ways to set yourself and your family up for success. This also will be discussed by agency leadership in the town hall. Look for more details on that to be coming out soon.

Stay connected and informed by visiting the LaRC SOS and NASA People Coronavirus sites regularly.

Thank you for the fortitude, patience and ingenuity that moves our NASA missions forward while maintaining our culture of caring.

Stay safe and stay inspired.

 

Clayton Turner

Director, Langley Research Center

Wednesday, June 24th

Wednesday, April 8th (click down arrow for message)

NASA leadership continues to make the health and safety of the NASA Langley family a top priority. Due to the rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the local area, and to comply with all local and federal guidelines, NASA Langley is moving into Stage 4 of our agency coronavirus response framework effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. This effort has been put in place to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect employees and the community.

Mandatory telework is in effect for ALL personnel until further notice, with the exception of limited personnel required to maintain the safety and security of the center. All previously approved exceptions for onsite work are rescinded and new approvals will be required in order to gain access to the center.

The center will be closed for all operations. NASA employees and contractor teams will complete an orderly shutdown that ensures all activities are in safe condition until work can resume. Once this is complete, the only personnel allowed onsite will be limited to those needed to protect life and critical infrastructure.

The suspension of travel continues. The status of the center will be updated regularly and communicated to all employees. Please stay in close contact with your supervisor.

For all other NASA Langley tenants and employees, access to the facility will be restricted to personnel required to protect life and critical infrastructure only, as defined in NASA’s response framework.

Contractors: Since each contract is unique, contractor employees should seek guidance from their employing company supervisor.

Students: Interns and other research or fellowship students should contact their NASA Langley Education Program point of contact for guidance as needed.

Many resources are available including NASA People, Coronavirus.gov and LaRC SOS. And again, I urge you to stay in contact with your supervisor.

We are all in this together – please continue to take care of yourself and your families. Your health and the health of those around you are of the utmost importance.

 

Clayton Turner

Center Director

 

 

Friday, March 27th (click down arrow for message)

I hope that you and your family are doing well as we all navigate this unique time together.

The leadership team and I recognize that the continual evolution of the coronavirus and resulting impact on the world around us has been very disconcerting for everyone. We appreciate your attentiveness to the messages that we have been sending out along with those from the agency. You have responded quickly and efficiently to safeguard our facilities, our work and most importantly the people of NASA Langley.

As we move into this new way of working, we will be reaching out to you more regularly. We are leveraging technology to communicate via video and will be sending the first message out next week. We will be discussing Langley’s response, how our expertise is contributing to the nation and – our anchor through all of this – how our missions across aeronautics, science and exploration continue.

In the meantime, I encourage you to watch the Ask the Administrator video, if you have not already. Let me reiterate his message, your health and safety are our highest priority.

Many resources continue to be available including NASA People, Coronavirus.gov and our own site LaRC SOS. And, I encourage you to reach out to your supervisor with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. The leadership team meets regularly, and your input is a valuable part of the conversation.

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

Center Director

Tuesday, March 17th (click down arrow for message)

Dear Langley Team,

There are no confirmed cases at Langley as of today, March 17, however, in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Langley is moving into Stage 3 of our agency response framework, with MANDATORY telework effective Wednesday, March 18, and until further notice.

This step is being taken in accordance with the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread.

A list of mission-essential activities and the limited number of personnel required for these activities, civil servants and contractors, is being finalized with headquarters. Your organizational Directors will provide you with this information as soon as it is available.

Continue to refer to NASA People for information and resources provided by the agency. Additionally, a Langley specific site is now available here, providing quick access to center status, NASA People link as well as Langley specific resources and materials.

CONTRACTORS: Since each contract is unique, contractor employees should seek guidance from their employing company supervisor.

STUDENTS: Interns and other research or fellowship students should contact their NASA Langley Education Program point of contact for guidance as needed.

The status of the center will be updated regularly and communicated to all employees. Please stay in close contact with your supervisor. I, along with my center leadership team and agency leaders, greatly appreciate your understanding, patience and support through this challenging period.

 

Clayton Turner

Center Director

Saturday, March 14th

Friday, March 13th