Where talented professionals make “tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments”


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Where talented professionals make “tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments”;

    • Where talented professionals make “tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments”;
    • Where “humans can achieve previously inconceivable feats”;
    • Where we are “humbled by the realization that Earth is just a tiny ‘blue marble’ in the cosmos”.
    • http://history.nasa.gov/


In 2013, NASA was voted the number one best place to work among Federal agencies, based on responses from more 376,000 federal workers. Image above: The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government - 2013 Rankings. Image credit: Partnership for Public Service.

  • In 2013, NASA was voted the number one best place to work among Federal agencies, based on responses from more 376,000 federal workers. Image above: The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government - 2013 Rankings. Image credit: Partnership for Public Service.





Vision:

  • Vision:

      • Be a world leader in systems and software engineering that enables our customers’ success.
  • Mission:

    • To provide our customers assurance that their safety and mission-critical software will operate reliably and safely and to advance the systems and software engineering disciplines. In doing so, we work to standards of excellence, provide professional engineers, provide national and global leadership, focus on customer satisfaction, and adhere to and demonstrate our core set of values: safety, integrity, respect, teamwork, balance, innovation, and excellence.


Innovation We cultivate creativity and seek knowledge that will strengthen our team and ourselves. We recognize innovation as a way to energize our motivation and performance, leading to a sense of pride and personal accomplishment.

  • Innovation We cultivate creativity and seek knowledge that will strengthen our team and ourselves. We recognize innovation as a way to energize our motivation and performance, leading to a sense of pride and personal accomplishment.



Overview of NASA and the IV&V Program

  • Overview of NASA and the IV&V Program

  • IV&V Program Organizational Structure

  • Important Employee Resources

  • The IV&V Family



1958 NASA founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, partially in response to the launch of the first artificial satellite the previous year by the Soviets.

    • 1958 NASA founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, partially in response to the launch of the first artificial satellite the previous year by the Soviets.
  • 1969 Humans stepped foot on the moon on July 20th, 1969, as a result of John F. Kennedy’s challenge to NASA.

  • 1981 The Space Shuttle was launched for the first time – one of over 120 launches.

  • 2004 The first of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers hurtled through the martian atmosphere for a flawless landing on the red planet.

  • Throughout its history, NASA has conducted or funded research that has led to numerous improvements to life here on Earth.



1986 Challenger Accident

  • 1986 Challenger Accident

  • 1991 Grant provided to WVU to build IV&V Facility; assigned to HQ-OSMA

  • 1994 Space Station Program implements IV&V through Facility

  • 1996 Facility transitioned to Ames Research Center; focus was research

  • 1996 Facility Omnibus contract: enabled IV&V across all NASA Projects

  • 1999 Senior Management Council: IV&V mandate for all NASA software

  • 2000 Facility transitioned to Goddard Space Flight Center; focus was applied

  • 2003 NASA Executive Council makes IV&V an Agency OSMA Program

  • Today NASA’s IV&V Program continues providing assurance to NASA missions.





The IV&V Program’s technical work is directed by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA); however, the program’s administrative functions are handled through Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

  • The IV&V Program’s technical work is directed by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA); however, the program’s administrative functions are handled through Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).







Director – Greg Blaney

  • Director – Greg Blaney

  • Deputy Director – Ken Vorndran

  • Associate Director – Marcus Fisher

  • Program Finance Management Lead – Kaci Reynolds

  • Strategic Communications Office Lead – Jeffrey Northey

  • IV&V Office Lead – Wes Deadrick

  • SMA Support Office Lead – Ken Rehm

  • Program Support Office Lead – Donna Ozburn



Responsible for the overall management of the IV&V Program & Facility.

  • Responsible for the overall management of the IV&V Program & Facility.

  • Manages customer/stakeholder relations, Administration, Program financial management, Strategic Planning, International Partnerships, etc.

  • It is comprised of the Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director and supporting administrative staff.



Responsible for the external communications, knowledge management (KM), marketing and development of the IV&V Program; ensures appropriate local community relationships. SCO customers include coworkers, NASA, the public, students, educators, and local businesses.

  • Responsible for the external communications, knowledge management (KM), marketing and development of the IV&V Program; ensures appropriate local community relationships. SCO customers include coworkers, NASA, the public, students, educators, and local businesses.

  • Manages the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiatives group. The STEM initiatives group leads the development of an overall NASA education presence in WV and supports NASA education efforts in the areas of STEM. The Educational Resource Center (ERC) serves as a tool to enhance the professional development of educators. On average, we work with over 5000 students and 1300 educators each year.

  • KM activities ensure consistency and adherence to agency requirements at the Program level. Additional KM responsibilities include: risk management, success stories & lessons learned, metrics, value, records management and IV&V Management System activities such as ISO documentation & audits.



Highlighted below are only a few examples of events coordinated through STEM Initiatives. Staff are commonly asked to volunteer to assist with these events. Watch for invitations via e-mail. Please obtain your supervisor’s permission prior to volunteering.

  • Highlighted below are only a few examples of events coordinated through STEM Initiatives. Staff are commonly asked to volunteer to assist with these events. Watch for invitations via e-mail. Please obtain your supervisor’s permission prior to volunteering.

  • Day in the Park takes place every fall, hundreds of middle school students from local schools attend this event put on by IV&V Educational Outreach. The day consists of activities, exhibits, experiments and guest speakers, such as WV astronaut Jon McBride. The goal of this event is to raise awareness and get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.



Develops, implements, and improves the IV&V activities performed by the program and seeks out opportunities for new business

  • Develops, implements, and improves the IV&V activities performed by the program and seeks out opportunities for new business

  • Comprised of an IV&V group, Capabilities Development (CD) group, Software Assurance Tools (SWAT) group and Technical Quality & Excellence (TQ&E) group



The IV&V Projects Group is responsible for applying IV&V activities on NASA projects. IV&V provides both the project and developer with insight into the status and risks associated with the development of mission critical system software.

  • The IV&V Projects Group is responsible for applying IV&V activities on NASA projects. IV&V provides both the project and developer with insight into the status and risks associated with the development of mission critical system software.

  • See our website for current and past projects.



The Capabilities Development Group explores and innovates solutions for advancing the processes used in performing IV&V.

  • The Capabilities Development Group explores and innovates solutions for advancing the processes used in performing IV&V.

  • The Software Assurance Tools Group maintains, integrates, and trains the use of software engineering tools for IV&V.

  • The Technical Quality & Excellence Group ensures quality and consistency across the IV&V Program.



Software Independent Verification & Validation is a systems-engineering process employing rigorous methodologies for evaluating the correctness and quality of the software products throughout the development life cycle. Software IV&V is adapted and tailored to the characteristics of the project.

  • Software Independent Verification & Validation is a systems-engineering process employing rigorous methodologies for evaluating the correctness and quality of the software products throughout the development life cycle. Software IV&V is adapted and tailored to the characteristics of the project.



Verification answers the question:

  • Verification answers the question:

  • Are we building the product right?

    • The process of determining whether or not the products of a given phase of the software development life cycle fulfill the requirements established during the previous phase.
    • The process of determining if the product is internally complete, consistent and correct, and if it will support the next phase of development.


Validation answers the question:

  • Validation answers the question:

  • Are we building the right product?

    • The process of evaluating software throughout its development process to ensure compliance with software requirements. This process ensures
    • Expected behavior when subjected to anticipated events
    • No unexpected behavior when subjected to unanticipated events
    • System performs to the customer’s expectations under all operational conditions


Independence in IV&V, as defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has three parameters:

  • Independence in IV&V, as defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has three parameters:

    • Technical independence: IV&V practitioners use their expertise to assess development processes and products independent of the developer.
    • Managerial independence: The IV&V effort independently selects the segments of the software and system to analyze and test, chooses the IV&V techniques, defines the schedule of IV&V activities, and selects the specific technical issues and problems to act upon.
    • Financial independence: NASA’s IV&V Program is funded primarily from Corporate General & Administrative (Expense). Projects may directly fund services.


The software/system development life cycle (SDLC) has phases which produce specific products. IV&V tailors its analysis based on the phase/product. Staying in step with the development life cycle provides for earlier recognition and resolution of issues, thus reducing the cost of rework and maximizing the benefits of IV&V to the project.

  • The software/system development life cycle (SDLC) has phases which produce specific products. IV&V tailors its analysis based on the phase/product. Staying in step with the development life cycle provides for earlier recognition and resolution of issues, thus reducing the cost of rework and maximizing the benefits of IV&V to the project.



IV&V Program S&MA Support Services

  • IV&V Program S&MA Support Services

    • Provides a common support infrastructure for assuring core Software Assurance functions across the Agency
    • SSO is funded by the IV&V Program and focuses on providing Software Assurance Technical Assistance and support to Agency customers
  • OSMA’s Software Assurance Research Program (SARP)

    • Agency’s tool to advance the Software Assurance (SA) discipline
    • Promotes SA technical excellence through capability development (CD) - development/maturation/infusion
  • Capability Development + SA Outreach = SA Technical Assistance

    • SA Technical Assistance leverages the exploration of new capabilities and methodologies (SARP) along with SA Technical Assistance (SSO) to provide a mechanism for the promulgation of SA policy and best practices across the Agency


Provides support to NASA’s IV&V Program while ensuring compliance with agency standards

  • Provides support to NASA’s IV&V Program while ensuring compliance with agency standards

  • Comprised of Operations & Maintenance (O&M) and Information Technology (IT)

  • O&M - provides and ensures a safe, comfortable, and well-equipped workplace

  • IT – provides your desktop technology, and support for phone network and computer system, also ensures distribution of information on the internet



In addition to NASA, there are 2 other governmental tenants in the IV&V Facility, Building 1: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Army.

  • In addition to NASA, there are 2 other governmental tenants in the IV&V Facility, Building 1: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Army.



  • The Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), which is an integrated suite of automated data-processing equipment that supports complex analysis, interactive processing, display of hydro meteorological data, and the rapid dissemination of warnings and forecasts in a highly reliable manner. This system is now being used at National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers, and National Centers for Environmental Prediction to support our weather and hydrologic forecast and warning operations.



The Army’s Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) supports multiple systems developed to serve immediate, critical needs driven by the global war on terrorism. The biometric systems capture, transmit, store, share, retrieve, exploit and display biometric data for timely identification or identity verification. These systems are mission enablers for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical control, identity management / credentialing, and interception operations.

  • The Army’s Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) supports multiple systems developed to serve immediate, critical needs driven by the global war on terrorism. The biometric systems capture, transmit, store, share, retrieve, exploit and display biometric data for timely identification or identity verification. These systems are mission enablers for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical control, identity management / credentialing, and interception operations.



Someone’s phone number or location?

  • Someone’s phone number or location?

  • Safety information?

  • How to check-out a book from the technical library?

  • How to work your phone?

  • How to become familiar with IV&V policies and procedures?

  • How to book a conference room?

  • Where to find a System Level Procedure (SLP)?

  • How to submit an issue to ORBIT?





System for Administration, Training, and Educational Resources (SATERN) - SATERN is NASA’s Learning Management System which offers Web-based access to training and career development resources.

  • System for Administration, Training, and Educational Resources (SATERN) - SATERN is NASA’s Learning Management System which offers Web-based access to training and career development resources.

  • The vision of the SATERN initiative is to create a premier e-Training environment that supports the development of the NASA workforce through simplified and one-stop access to high quality training products and processes to support learning and development.

  • SATERN is used for internal and external training opportunities. NASA also has certain SATERN training courses that are mandated for employees to complete. Therefore, it is imperative that you maintain a SATERN account. For a complete list of mandatory training, visit: http://ohcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/MandatoryTraining/TrainingList.htm#EMP

  • To login to SATERN go to: https://satern.nasa.gov/.

  • For more information on SATERN visit: https://saterninfo.nasa.gov/.

  • For SATERN assistance, contact the NSSC Contact Center at 877-NSSC-123

  • (877-677-2123) or send an e-mail to NASA-satern.support@nasa.gov.

  • Support hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET Monday - Friday.



  • Local restaurants (within 5 miles)

  • Applebee’s www.applebees.com (304) 366-4411 *offers curbside pick up

  • Mi Pueblo Mexican (304) 363-9355 

  • DJ’s Diner (304) 366-8110

  • Cracker Barrel www.crackerbarrel.com (304) 363-2884

  • Grand China Buffet

  • Bob Evans www.bobevans.com (304) 366-9735

  • Muriale’s www.murialesrestaurant.com  (304) 363-3190 

  • Colasessno’s www.colasessanos.com   (304)-363-0571

  • Hank’s Deli (304) 368-3354

  • Dutchman’s Daughter (304) 367-1064

  • Dickey’s Barbeque Pit https://www.dickeys.com/ (304) 366-6636

  • Many fast food chains are within only a few miles





NASA’s IV&V family takes part in planning and attending numerous social and charitable events, including:

    • NASA’s IV&V family takes part in planning and attending numerous social and charitable events, including:
    • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Kick Off Pancake Breakfast
    • CFC Chili Cook Off
    • Annual Golf Tournament
    • Ski Trips
    • Awards Ceremonies
    • Christmas Party
    • CFC Charity Run (2014 Nerd Herd Pi-Mile Run)
    • Wellness Club/Organization
    • Inspiring the Next Generation (ING) Day, also known as Bring Your Child to Work Day
    • Annual IV&V Picnic


Past health and wellness activities have included:

    • Past health and wellness activities have included:
  • Blood drives and flu vaccinations

  • CPR & First Aid Certification

  • Gyms in Fairmont Area:

    • Healthplex healthplex.fghi.com (304) 368-5200
    • Fitnetics fitneticsgym.com (304) 366-4362
    • Spadafore’s Gym (304) 363-9000
    • Fairmont Fitness (304) 363-1962


Vending Machines

  • Vending Machines

  • Refrigerator Please Note: The refrigerator is cleaned out on Fridays. Do not leave food or it will be tossed.

  • Microwaves

  • Ice Machine

  • Coffee Club If you would like to become a member of the Coffee Club, contact Pat Theeke for more details. Coffee Club members pay $7.50 per month for unlimited coffee. Non-members must pay 50 cents per cup.






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