Campaign Questions: What is an example of how you led a team or group toward achieving an important goal?
I am a two time recipient of NASA's prestigious "I
am an Innovator Award", more men have walked on the surface of the moon than have ever received this award twice in their career.
My first award was in creating a real time financial project management system. Managing projects efficiently has been as challenge at NASA, though arguably they are one of the best of all the Federal Agencies when it comes to
budget management. It is difficult because required data was scattered across various database and often was not current. The problem was solved by interfacing the different databases and consolidating the data in one location.
The system that was created was able to generate real-time spending reports that allowed project managers to track purchases, service costs, and hours charged to
their projects. NASA-White Sands Test Facility which was consistently over budget by $1.2 million. The first year this system was implemented the budget overage was $74 thousand, and the books were balanced and closed for the first time in one day. To this day NASA White Sands Test Facility has not has a single project go over budget without prior knowledge of a shortfall.