It’s Official: Bush Picks O’Keefe To Helm NASA

The White House at 6 p.m. made official what people throughout the space community had been buzzing about all day. U.S. President George Bush intends to nominate Sean O’Keefe, the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget to be the next NASA Administrator. O’Keefe has been an instrumental figure in the White House’s attempts to bring the International Space Station budget under control. After determining that the program would exceed its budget by $5 billion over the next five years, OMB cut NASA’s request for funding major future work on the station. The cuts included money for the construction of new crew quarters and the development of a crew rescue vehicle capable of getting seven astronauts off of the orbiting laboratory in an emergency.