To the NASA Stennis family, my prayers have been for the well-being of everyone adversely impacted during the extended government furlough. While it is great news that we are returning to work, I know there were many issues each of you dealt with during this record long furlough. Our first priority is to our most valuable resource - you. We want to make sure you get the information and assistance you need and will do our best to get answers to all of your questions. The Agency and Stennis senior leadership worked throughout the shutdown to try to minimize impacts on our workforce. I know the extended shutdown placed stress and financial hardship on many of you and your families. As we begin our deliberate and safe return to work this week, we will do our utmost to address your concerns and ensure everyone has ample time to ease back into our normal workflow.
Both NASA and Stennis leadership teams had regular discussions during the furlough to monitor conditions and address furlough issues as Federal guidance and policies evolved. Many of our civil servant and contractor team worked remotely or came in to monitor the health of our critical test assets and infrastructure as well as keeping the Federal City operational for our tenants. I am grateful for the dedicated work they performed without complaint. I also know many of our contractor partners were similarly impacted by the shutdown so we should be sensitive to their situation as well. Just like hurricanes and other challenges placed in our path, the Stennis team will adapt and overcome as we always do. I look forward to seeing smoke and fire soon so be especially safe as we bring the site back to full operations.
|Connecting to the SSC Internal Network via VPN
CISCO AnyConnect is a secure VPN client that allows NASA employees and contractors to connect to the NASA network on NASA owned (ACES or Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) devices) while working remotely. This client is not sanctioned for use with non-NASA computers. Please watch the video for a brief tutorial on how to use the service.
|Changing NDC & Launchpad Passwords
To avoid password expiration issues, all employees are advised to change their NDC password and perform a restart before undocking their computers by COB Friday, February 15th. Refer to the document linked below for password change instructions.
Making Loan Payments After the Government Shutdown
(January 28, 2019) Due to limitations of employing agency/service payroll systems, DOI will not be able to deduct loan payments from back pay. Make sure to check your deductions and you should submit your loan payments directly to the TSP using the Loan Payment Coupon. You can always check the status of your loan by logging into My Account, selecting “TSP Loans,” and then selecting “Are my payments up to date?” or you can call the ThriftLine at 1-877-968-3778 and speak to a Participant Service Representative.
The following contact information will remain active during a Shutdown Furlough:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP):
NASA’s EAP provides confidential, short-term, counseling assistance and referral to employees who are dealing with issues such as: depression; anxiety; family conflicts; marital problems; eldercare; substance and alcohol abuse and occupational stress. During the partial shutdown/furlough while NASA Center clinicians are unavailable, an EAP provider (Workplace Options) is staffed with professional and licensed mental health counselors to temporarily support employees. Counselors can be contacted at 1-888-728-1404. Questions related to filing for unemployment; medical insurance coverage; and/or other human resource and employee benefit-related matters are not covered by EAP. Information on these subjects can be found on this website, please see above topic areas.
NSSC Customer Contact Center (CCC):
Web Site: www.nssc.nasa.gov
Phone: 1-877-677-2123 (1-877-NSSC123)
Enterprise Service Desk (ESD):
Web Site: https://esd.nasa.gov
Phone: 1-877-677-2123 (1-877-NSSC123)