Following the retirement of Lewis Redding, NASA's first Ombudsperson, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA has announced that it will shutter the Ombuds office indefinitely. The announcement came in an email to all JPL employees from Director Eugene L. Tattini:
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
July 18, 2011
TO: JPL Employees
FROM: Eugene L. Tattini
SUBJECT: Ombudsperson Role
Since the retirement of the JPL Ombudsperson, senior management has conducted a review of the role, responsibilities and level of activity of this office. Based on this review, we determined that the Laboratory has existing organizations in place, such as in Human Resources, the Employee Assistance Program, and the Ethics Office, through which employees can raise issues and concerns in a discreet and confidential manner. While we have decided not to fill this position at this time, we strongly encourage all of you to take full advantage of the service mentioned above should the need arise.
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