WASHINGTON-- The White House formally nominated Shana Dale on Tuesday to replace FredGregory as NASA deputy administrator, the U.S. space agency's number two job.
NASA'stop administrator Michael Griffin said he was "delighted" with Dale'snomination, adding that she "would be a valuable addition to NASA's team as wecarry out the president's vision for space exploration."
Daleis well known to the space community having served as staff director on theHouse Science Committee's space and aeronautics subcommittee in the late 1990s.During her stint on the House Science Committee, Dale and her colleagues sawenactment of the Commercial Space Act and the only NASA authorization bill tobecome law since in the past decade.
Morerecently, Dale was promoted from chief of staff and general counsel at theWhite House Office of Science and Technology Policy to be that office's deputydirector for homeland and national security.
Priorto moving back to Washington to take the White House job, Dale was theassistant vice chancellor for federal relations in the University of Texassystem.
Daleis a lawyer by training, having earned her law degree from California WesternLaw School.
NASAannounced Gregory's retirement Sept. 9. Gregory has worked for the spaceagency for 31 years as a research test pilot, astronaut and senior manager.Before moving up to deputy administrator, a Senate-confirmed position, Gregoryserved as associate administrator for space flight in charge of the spaceshuttle and international space station programs.