Travel & Training

Travel Guidance

If approval is required for travel, please complete the Request for Travel Exception Form.

Stage 4

All travel suspended

  • Must obtain approval by the A-suite for travel exceptions; if approved the traveler must adhere to CDC and NASA guidelines regarding isolation following travel prior to entering a NASA facility.

Stage 3

International travel and non-programmatic travel is suspended.

Travel is limited to mission critical activities where physical presence is required at another location. Approvals are at the agency level.

  • Must complete travel exception form for agency-level approval
  • If the travel is to an area that has not progressed in its gates, has a rebound of cases, or has high or increasing case counts; travel will not be approved.
  • Traveler must adhere to CDC and NASA Center guidelines regarding social distancing and mask wear while traveling and when entering a NASA facility.

Stage 2

Travel is limited to mission critical activities where physical presence is required at another location. Approvals are delegated to the Official in Charge or designee.

  • Must obtain approval by the center director or designee
  • If the travel is to an area that has not progressed in its gates, has a rebound of cases, or has high or increasing case counts; travel should not be approved.
  • Traveler must adhere to CDC and NASA Center guidelines regarding social distancing and mask wear while traveling and when entering a NASA facility.

Minimize international and non-programmatic travel and adhere to CDC and NASA guidelines regarding isolation following international travel prior to entering a NASA facility.

Stage 1

Minimize travel that is not mission-critical. Approvals are delegated to the supervisor. Continue to observe CDC and NASA guidelines on travel precautions.

(updated: 06/11/2020)

Conferences & Training

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, training, workshops, conferences, and academic courses continue to be disrupted.

Due to the uncertainty of timing for return to normal operations, and in order to mitigate the increased risk of exposure through in-person attendance, all on-site training and organizational development activities are postponed until the respective Center reaches Stage 1 as outlined in NASA’s Return to Work Framework. At Stage 1, on-site activities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the respective Center’s Learning Office to ensure the appropriate measures can be implemented, e.g., social distancing in classrooms, cost considerations.

Stage 1 travel guidance is to minimize travel that is not mission-critical, thus non-virtual training and conference attendance which requires travel will be by exception.

All training, conferences and other developmental activities that can be held virtually will continue.

The majority of training that is required for NASA employees is already handled virtually. Completion dates remain intact for these courses, unless otherwise communicated. In the event an on-site class is part of a required training curriculum (e.g., COR), reach out to Center Learning Offices to discuss alternative arrangements. Virtual sessions are possible for the majority of these instances.

For approved academic courses, follow the guidance of the respective learning institution, as most have moved to on-line instruction.

As noted above, any exception to this guidance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis through the appropriate supervisory approvals, with Center Learning Office involvement.

Center/Agency learning communities are working jointly with the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) to ensure employees understand the current environment and are supported during this difficult period. The need for innovative solutions to optimize development opportunities has been greatly accelerated due to COVID-19, and every effort is being made to bring these opportunities to our workforce. Our goal is to minimize the impact to learners, while keeping employee health and safety as the number one priority.

Employees are encouraged to take advantage of the on-line resources available through SATERN. Completion of a short course “Getting Started with NASA’s SkillSoft and Books 24x7 Programs” will unlock materials in these two extensive libraries.

Award-winning curriculum and career development tools are also available from the Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) and from the Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Excellence Program (STEP).

As this situation evolves, updated guidance will be distributed. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work through unprecedented times.

Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer and NSSC Training Administration Team

Contact: NSSC-AgencyTrainingAdmin@mail.nasa.gov

(updated: 06/09/2020)

Request for Travel Exception Form