Prior to the start of any developmental assignment outside NASA, employees will be required to complete an Agreement for Temporary Assignment. The following template has been created for NASA’s Development Programs. Employees need to start as early as possible as this process can take up to 90 days. Additionally, they should have a back up assignment in case issues cannot be resolved between NASA and the outside organization.
Employees interested in pursuing outside developmental assignments as part of the Professional Development, Program Project Management or Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program are required to:
Obtain home supervisor’s endorsement of the proposed assignment in writing. This endorsement should explain the benefits of the outside assignment to the home organization. If the outside assignment is already part of an approved IDP or Development Program Application Form, signed by the supervisor, no additional endorsement is required. This endorsement will become part of the employee’s developmental program file.
Contact the outside organization and obtain a verbal agreement to pursue a temporary developmental assignment including the specifics of the assignment. Corporations may have concerns about proprietary information and may be unwilling to sign this agreement. Consequently, the corporation’s legal office should be made aware of assignment at the earliest opportunity.
Complete the appropriate Agreement for Temporary Assignment in Draft.
Provide this draft to the Developmental Program Manager, along with a point of contact and phone number at the outside organization. The Developmental Program Manager will obtain a review and approval of the NASA Headquarters Office of the General Counsel and the:
Office of External Relations where an assignment includes foreign travel or collaboration with foreign nationals, whether domestically or abroad, or
Office of Legislative Affairs if the proposed assignment is with a Congressional Office or Committee, or
Office of the Administrator of the proposed assignment is with an office within the White House.
Provide a copy of the draft to the outside organization.
Notify your Center Ethics Officer of your proposed outside assignment and ensure that you have taken ethics training within the last year.
After preliminary approvals have been received, obtain the organization required signatures.
Resubmit the agreement to the Developmental Program Manager. The Developmental Program Manager will obtain the signature of the AA for Human Resources and Education.
The signed Agreement will be added to your developmental program file.
NASA employees should not sign a non-disclosure agreement. Signing such an agreement could cause the employee to become personally liable for any disclosures. In addition, the employee does not have the authority to bind NASA. NASA employees are still subject to 18 USC § 1905 which governs disclosure of confidential information for actions taken while on outside assignment. For further information regarding this section, please consult your Center Patent Counsel.
Note: The NASA Comptrollers signature is not required for non-reimbursable agreements for outside developmental assignments as long as funding to support the assignment in available within the program budget
Agreements Outside the Federal Government (66kb MS Word Doc.)
Agreements Within the Federal Government (40kb MS Word Doc.)