Texas Contractors For NASA Facing Steep Drop-Off Amid Shutdown
By Mark Carreau
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
While the White House and Congress are largely to blame, NASA’s administration could have done more to include its contractor ranks among those deemed essential during the shutdown, especially those personnel involved in training future flight crews and preparing supply missions for the orbiting science lab, Mitchell said.
“My approach now is to wake up our congressional delegation as to how this is affecting not only this region but the entire space program,” Mitchell says. “What I’m looking for is a common-sense response as to why NASA made these draconian determinations of which contracts are essential and which are not.”