On Friday NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver spoke at NASA Ames. Her prepared remarks aren’t on the NASA web site, but highlights of the speech and answers to questions were live-tweeted by one attendee, Matthew F. Reyes. Some of those highlights include praising NASA’s COTS program for doing “a good job letting private enterprise learn from mistakes”, saying that funding R&D work on low technology readiness level (TRL) is a “critical priority” for NASA, and suggesting that NASA “has not sold a return to the Moon” as an important mission.
One comment in particular by Garver stuck out to me, though: “OMB controlling NASA & being responsible for the Agency’s problems is a myth.” That comment seemed aimed directly at former administrator Mike Griffin, who has complained about the . As you may recall, Griffin complained about the OMB in his Goddard Memorial Dinner speech in April, saying that the office had taken out billions of dollars of money intended for carrying out the Vision for Space Exploration over the last several years. Current NASA leadership apparently sees things differently.