Weekly_Report_11112011 by keralaguest


									      USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
                  Weekly Report, November 7-11 2011

** Director’s Office

Upcoming Events and Visitors
   November 7-12, 2011 – Dr. Frank Kelly will be on his house hunting trip in
     Sioux Falls, South Dakota
   November 15 - 17, 2011-PECORA 18, Herndon, Virginia-J. Eidenshink, T.
     Holm, J. Faundeen, J. Nelson
   Anne Dayton will visit the week of November 14, 2011
   November 28, 2011 – Bruce Quirk visit to EROS
   December 5, 2011.-Dr. Frank Kelly

** Project Management Team

Performance Reporting
    Issued bi-monthly progress reporting process and schedule for FY 2012
    Finished Center-wide FY 2012 goals and milestones for final review and
      distribution. Plans and progress against these will be reported on through
      the bi-monthly reporting process and briefings.
    Working with ASB Security Manager to add the USGS EROS Occupant
      Emergency Plan into the EROS Directive System and document version
      control process.
    Met to review and plan interviews of EROS subject matter experts for
      producing the EROS calendar year 2011 report.
Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC/SGT)
    Contract Year 2 Task Order Status
       o Active Task Orders: 52, plus authorization to proceed on TO 102-2
       o Contract actions:
              Pending award: 3 new task orders, 19 modifications
              Completed this week: 6 funding modifications, 4 requirements
                 mods, 1 requirements and funding
              Submissions this week: (2) 5 funding modifications,

   On November 21, 2011 a Poster Session will be held at noon especially
     for those that will present their poster at the American Geophysical Union
     meeting on December 5-9, 2011 but also open to anyone who has
     recently presented a poster

    Have requested clarification from Office of Acquisitions and Grants on
      process for Task Order Contract administration.

** Science and Applications Branch

      J. Brown, J. Rowland, J. Verdin, and E. Wood will moderate sessions
       and/or make presentations at the Pecora 18 Symposium in Herndon,
       Virginia on November 14-17, 2011: J. Brown (session moderator and
       presenter) on "Tracking recent drought effects across the Upper Colorado
       River Basin using the Vegetation Drought Response Index”; J. Rowland
       on "Famine Early Warning -- Data Delivery and Data Analyses Tools"; J.
       Verdin on "Application of LIS to Drought Monitoring"; and, E. Wood
       (session moderator and presenter) on "The role of USGS in the CEOS
       Effort to Promote Data Democracy". [CEOS = Committee on Earth
       Observation Satellites; LIS = Land Information System]
      J. Rover will present "Surface Water Trends Derived from Landsat MSS,
       TM, and ETM+ " co-authored by L. Ji; B. K. Wylie; L.L. Tieszen; and J.L.
       Rodriguez at PECORA 18 on November 15 - 17, 2011, Herndon, Virginia.
      MTBS team members will travel to Florida on November 14-18, 2011, for
       field review of fires in the Osceola National Forest and Okefenokee
       National Wildlife Refuge.
      J. Rowland will represent USGS and FEWS NET at the 17th United
       Nations Conference of the Parties (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, from
       November 28 - December 1, 2011. The FEWS NET event will be a
       feature presentation at the U.S. (Side Events) Center on November 30,
       2011. Other panelists for this presentation include Gideon Galu and
       Tamuka Magadzire, representatives from Kenya and Botswana,
       respectively. FEWS NET identifies the times and places where aid is
       required by the most food insecure populations of the developing world.
       The USGS has been a FEWS NET implementing partner since the
       beginning, contributing expertise in satellite remote sensing, modeling,
       GIS, and climate analyses.
      N.J. Pastick will present a poster "Using remote sensing and ancillary data
       to extend airborne electromagnetic resistivity surveys for regional
       permafrost interpretation" at the AGU Fall Meeting 2011 in San Francisco,
       California on December 8, 2011.
      Z. Li will present the poster "Simulating Grazing Impacts on Ecosystem
       Carbon Dynamics in the Green River Basin, Wyoming" at the AGU Fall
       Meeting 2011 in San Francisco, California on December 8, 2011.
      E. van Praag will receive an award from the Eye on Earth Summit, Abu
       Dhabi, December 12-15, 2011, for exemplary spatial data development
       through the project, “GeoSUR,” implemented with LCA (M. Anthony and
       M. Cushing) in South America and now extending into Central America
       and the Caribbean.
      S.P. Boyte, B. K. Wylie, D. J. Major, and R. Burton had their abstract titled
       "Identifying cheatgrass dieoff in the Great Basin by integrating eMODIS
       NDVI data with ecological models" accepted for an oral presentation at the
       Society for Range Management meetings in Spokane, Washington on
       January 29 - February 3, 2012.

      MTBS received a request to give a workshop at the Southwest Fire
       Ecology Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 27 – March 1,

Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Project (LRS- and GAM-
    J. Verdin represented FEWS NET and NIDIS at the International
      Symposium on Integrated Drought Information Systems in Casablanca,
      Morocco on November 9-11, 2011. He made an invited presentation on
      USGS experiences in early detection and monitoring of agricultural
      drought as a FEWS NET implementing partner, with special emphasis on
      lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa. [FEWS NET = Famine
      Early Warning Systems; NIDIS = National Integrated Drought Information
    J. Brown represented the USGS EROS at the USDA Risk Management
      Agency Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Pilot Insurance Program
      Discussion in Kansas City, Missouri on November 9, 2011. She was
      invited to provide background, current status, and future plans for
      vegetation index products that EROS distributes, including AVHRR,
      eMODIS, and (in the future) VIIRS, and to provide guidance to USDA on
      their use of these data in their insurance programs. [AVHRR = Advanced
      Very High Resolution Radiometer; eMODIS = expedited Moderate
      Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer; VIIRS = Visible Infrared Imager
      Radiometer Suite]
Native American Activities
    E. Wood represented the USGS CLU Mission Area at the American Indian
      Alaska Indian Climate Change Working Group fall meeting at Menominee
      Reservation, Keshena WI. He presented an update on the Bureau's effort
      to develop Tribal advisory roles at the regional and national levels for DOI
      Climate Science Centers.

Land Cover Applications Project - LCA (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-
     The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) announced the release of a
        new version (by M. Anthony and Y. Malik) of the GeoSUR Geoportal for
        South America in both English and Spanish. This new version offers
        greater functionality than the previous one including expanded integration
        with OGC services and an enhanced regional map server.
     The LCA Team has contributed to three projects of the North American
        Carbon Program (NACP) and a major synthesis by S. Liu “Simulating the
        impacts of disturbances on forest carbon cycling in North America:
        Processes, data, models, and challenges” was just published by the
        Journal of Geophysical Research VOL. 116, G00K08,
        doi:10.1029/2010JG001585, 2011. The NACP contributions are an
        outgrowth of the carbon and climate change research funded by GAM and
        R&D. This synthesis paper was from the North American Carbon Program
        Disturbance Impacts Workshop orchestrated by Eric Kasischke and

       sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and LandCarbon in
       Reston, 2009.
      Proposals for two new projects expanding low-head hydropower to Peru
       and Columbia have been prepared by M. Cushing and G. Artan for the
       Latin American Development Bank.
      The LCA is being asked to explore and develop carbon crediting
       opportunities for potential World Bank projects in Tunisia.
      N.J. Pastick will present a poster "Using remote sensing and ancillary data
       to extend airborne electromagnetic resistivity surveys for regional
       permafrost interpretation" at the AGU Fall Meeting 2011, in San Francisco,
       California on December 8, 2011.
      Zhengpeng Li will present the poster "Simulating Grazing Impacts on
       Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics in the Green River Basin, Wyoming" at the
       AGU Fall Meeting 2011, in San Francisco, California on December 8,
      J. Rover will present "Surface Water Trends Derived from Landsat MSS,
       TM, and ETM+ " co-authored by Lei Ji; Bruce K. Wylie; Larry L. Tieszen;
       and Jessica L. Rodriguez at PECORA 18, November 15 - 17, 2011,
       Herndon, Virginia.

Fire Science Project (GAM- and LRS-affiliated)
    The LANDFIRE fuel team conducted the Alaska LANDFIRE Fuels-
      Calibration Workshop on November 7-10 in Fairbanks Alaska. The
      purpose of the workshop was to seek expert review and evaluation of the
      LANDFIRE 2008 Refresh fire behavior fuel models for Alaska. This
      process provides an opportunity for direct interaction between LANDFIRE
      scientists and local Fire/Fuel/vegetation managers.
    MTBS team members will travel to Florida on November 14-18, 2011 for
      field review of fires in the Osceola National Forest and Okefenokee
      National Wildlife Refuge.
    MTBS received a request to give a workshop at the Southwest Fire
      Ecology Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 27 – March 1,

   K. Nelson represented Landfire at the Panther Creek Lidar Cooperative
    meeting in Vancouver, Washington on Monday. The cooperative has over
    200GB of multi-temporal airborne lidar, high resolution multi-spectral and
    hyper-spectral imagery, terrestrial lidar, and field plot data. The data is
    collected largely by BLM and is shared with cooperative members for
    algorithm development to assist BLM monitoring efforts. LANDFIRE will
    evaluate the data to develop surface and canopy fuels modeling
    algorithms to improve LANDFIRE products.

Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity
   An additional 247 “found” fires were reviewed. Sixty three (63) were large
      enough to map. In total, 1951fires of 3942 in the southeast have been
      reviewed and 658 were large enough to be mapped.

DOI Burn Severity Support
   Requests for assistance were received from USGS WERC Sequoia-Kings
     Canyon Field Station this period. Reflectance corrected Landsat scenes
     were generated to support burn mapping research in southern California.
   A request for assistance was received from local NPS staff in Arizona and
     New Mexico and Nate Benson (NPS NIFC) to evaluate and refine burn
     severity products for three NPS sites including the Coronado National
     Monument (AZ), Chiricahua National Monument (AZ), and Gila Cliff
     Dwellings (NM).
   Alaska USFWS staff requested assistance to interpret the previously
     delivered BARC burn severity products for the 2010 Pat Creek fire.

** Data Management Branch

Emergency Operations (EO)
   Long Term Archive (LTA) staff supported the following events: Oil spill in
     New Zealand, floods in Thailand, earthquake in Turkey, and volcano (Mt.
     Cleveland) in Alaska.
   Staff provided Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) support for a
     military emergency response exercise and published 8,397 National
     Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) aerial images as baseline data over

Emergency Operations (EO) Liaison
   Began working on action items from the 26th Meeting of the Board and
     Secretariat for the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters.
   Continued to work with the National Resource Damage Assessment
     (NRDA) group to coordinate image distribution, format, and archive
     requirements with incoming NRDA datasets.
   Continued to support an image request from USGS Alaska Volcano
     Observatory (AVO) for ongoing monitoring of the Cleveland Volcano,
     Alaska. Delivered additional high-resolution optical and radar (TerraSAR-
     X) acquisitions from commercial vendors, acquired via NGA.
   Continued to support the USGS requests for imagery over the recent
     earthquake in Turkey. Delivered additional high-resolution commercial
     imagery (via NGA) and participated in final USGS earthquake response
     telecon. The International Charter activation (damage assessment) has
     now been closed, but we are continuing to support the USGS request for
     fault line coverage. Support for this event is nearly complete.
   Continued to support the International Charter request for additional
     imagery in support of the Thailand flood event. Delivered additional

       imagery from Landsat, ASTER, and high-resolution commercial (via NGA).
       This event is expected to have long duration.
      Responded to an image inquiry from a Search and Rescue (SAR) group
       based in Jakarta, Indonesia. They are looking at the pyroclastic deposits
       and potential for new lahar flows triggered by recent heavy rains over
       Mount Merapi, Indonesia.
      Received and began supporting several requests from Federal
       Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as USGS Alaska
       Science Center for optical and radar imagery in support of the Alaska
       (Bering Sea) coastal storm.

Spatial Data Warehouse (SDW)
National Geospatial Program (NGP)
    Data Ingest and Production
      o Ingested 0.868 Terabytes, nine areas, 7,681 images of High
         Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) to the Image Server Production
         System during this reporting period.
    Hosting and Operations
      o Operations:
             Began creation of Land Cover Map Service for The National Map
               (TNM) viewer.
             Began modifications to the TNM Large Scale Imagery service to
               add High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO).
    Data Production Download
      o Users generated 47 custom printable maps as Portable Document
         Format (PDF) files on The National Map Seamless Server.
      o The National Map Seamless Server delivered 8,908 files of data
         through direct downloads.
      o Through the TDDS delivered 1 file of data by direct downloads.
      o Continue to check for completeness and copy historical Standard
         Product High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) from the TDDS
         hardware to the Mass Storage System.
      o National Elevation Dataset (NED)
          Completed the update for TDDS with the NED updates for October.

Long Term Archive (LTA)
   Acquired, archived and processed 3,134 L1A SPOT scenes to L1Gst
     products for subsequent archive and distribution. To date the SPOT North
     America Data Buy-2 (NADB) archive totals 32,179 SPOT 5 and 39,408
     SPOT 4 scenes for a total of 71,408 scenes web enabled. Generated and
     web-enabled 32,180 SPOT 5 and 54,081 SPOT 4 L1T products.
   Produced 78 on-demand film scans this week. Scanning backlog in the
     production queue totals 113 frames. A total of 864 frames have been
     scanned for on-demand requests in FY12.

    Three additional British Aerial Survey (BAS) rolls were scanned for a total
     of 117 rolls out of 127 completed to date.
   The LTA Scanning Team reached a significant production milestone this
     week. The Phoenix V systems imaged 14,904 frames this week resulting
     in a cumulative total of 1,004,550 scanned aerial frames ingested into the
     archive and web enabled. This is a great team effort and
   Ingested 150 Worldview-1; 422 Worldview-2; 44 QuickBird; 88 GeoEye-1;
     and 101 IKONOS scenes to the commercial data archive and web-
     enabled through EarthExplorer (EE). The commercial archive now
     provides restricted access to 82,988 images.
   Loaded 5,305 native High Resolution Ortho (HRO) imagery records were
     loaded this week. 1,879,912 images are web enabled November 9, 2011.
Upcoming Events
   Web enabling of the eMODIS composites is in development to be
     released within EE.
   Performance improvements are being done within the Earth Explorer
     system. Since there are numerous code changes being made this will
     require full end-to-end testing prior to release. The release should be
     within a couple of weeks.
   Implement AVHRR image data from NOAA 19 for Greenness Map product
     generation by January 2012.

Remote Sensing Technologies (RST)
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) 25th Plenary:
   USGS Land Remote Sensing Program and EROS staff is participating in
     the 25th CEOS Plenary November 8-9, 2011 under the chairmanship of
     the Italian Space Agency. CEOS addresses critical scientific questions
     relating to Earth observation and climate change through effective
     coordination of the member’s Earth observing satellite missions.

Center Information Technology Team (CITT)
Enterprise Information Technology (IT) and IT Security
    Held the monthly Computer Room Coordination Meeting. Topics
      discussed included the pending visit to Bureau Of Indian Affairs (BIA) in
      Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss BIA data center consolidation at
      EROS, the status of computer equipment project moves to clear Computer
      Room three for the potential BIA move of equipment to EROS, and the
      need for a staging area for pallets of equipment to be uncrated and
      subsequently moved into the computer rooms.
Network Services O&M
    A government laboratory began downloading MODerate resolution
      Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data on November 7, 2011. They
      have downloaded data continuously for three days. On November 8, 2011
      EROS received and distributed a record 13.5 TB, 6.5 TB of which was

     MODIS data distributed by the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive
     Center (LPDAAC).
Network Services Development and Planning
    A request for short-term access to the Guest network was approved so an
     EROS scientist could test a handheld application on the local wireless
     network, outside of the campus trusted network. The experiment involved
     a GIS application, and the user reported it was successful. As handheld
     hardware and tablet PCs become even more popular, and ubiquitous, a
     policy must be forged to permit users to utilize these new devices
     appropriately and securely.
    A list of network equipment, cost, timeframe, and justification was
     submitted to the Administrative Services Branch for inclusion in their
     Working Capital Fund plan. The short list spanned three years.

Desktop Services Support (DSS)
   DSS has deployed a back up tool to DSS customers using remote
     deployment. With this tool, customers can manage their own system
     backups on their respective system. The backup tool eliminates the
     security issues related to the backup tool.
   DSS technicians continue to investigate alternatives for desktop
     virtualization. DSS has enlisted the help of the EROS facility security staff
     to test bootable flash drives which operate as complete, virtual systems.
     During this testing phase, both the technicians and the customers have
     noted that, after configuration, the updated virtual systems seem to be
     operating much more quickly and efficiently than a physical laptop system.
   DSS has developed the next version of DSS Help Desk ticketing and time
     tracking. This updated tool is used to log all Help Desk calls for DSS and
     Project supported systems. DSS is working with Network Services to
     effectively log network service calls to provide project support activity
     tracking. This logging and work management tool automatically generates
     unique tickets, facilitates work assignments, and is set up to email
     customers based on the type and nature of the work being logged. DSS
     team members are currently testing these tools to ensure they meet all of
     the requirements and criteria that have been requested.
   Help Desk Metrics October 31 – November 4, 2011
     o 86 Total New Calls.
          78 Closed Calls.
          3 Open Calls.
          5 Pending Calls.

Flight Operations
     Landsat 5 – Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) – several Over
       Current Protection (OCP) trips this week; reduced maximum length of
       pass to 8 minutes (from max of 19 minutes). An incident report was
       generated, and troubleshooting has begun.

    Landsat 5 – Delta-V maneuver scheduled today (November 10th).
    Landsat 5 – resumed acquisitions at Chetumal, Mexico following repair of
    Landsat 7 – initiated 2011-12 Antarctica campaign.
    Landsat 7 – CONUS offshore campaign to support National Oceanic and
     Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oil monitoring program.
    Landsat 7 – Special request for acquisition of Alaska storm.
    Landsat 7 – Special request for acquisition of volcanoes in Indonesia.
Ground Operations/Web-enabling
    Web-Enabling Statistics (November 4 – 9, 2011).
     o Standard scenes downloaded 36,556.
     o Standard scenes processed 20,060.
     o Level 1 Browse scenes downloaded 4,613.
    Held Systems Requirements Review (SRR) and Test Readiness Review
     (TRR) for EarthNow! 1.2.0.
     o Operating System upgrade and bug fixes.

** Remote Sensing Branch

Upcoming Events/Meetings
   Ground Readiness Test (GRT) 4b Test Readiness Review (TRR),
     November 14, 2011
   Pecora 18, ASPRS, Herndon, Virginia, November 14-17, 2011
   Operational Land Imager (OLI) Electrical Integration TRR, November 16,
   Mission Operations Center (MOC) Internal Peer Review, November 17,
   OLI Electrical Integration, November 21-23, 2011
   Image Assessment System (IAS) R2.0 Pre-Ship Review (PSR), December
     5, 2011
   AGU, San Francisco, California, December 5-9, 2011
   Level 1 Product Generation Subsystem (LPGS) 1.0 PSR, January 19,
   User Portal R3.0 PSR, January 25, 2012
   Landsat Ground Station Operator’s Working Group#40, Bali, Indonesia,
     January 30-February 3, 2012
   Mission Management Office Database Subsystem 2.0 PSR, February 17,
   Data Processing and Archive Segment (DPAS) B3.0 TRR, March 5, 2012

Land Satellite Data System (LSDS)
    Received final LSDS deliverables from the Program Management &
      Planning Services contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton; USGS HQ outbrief is
      scheduled for November 17, 2011.
IT Security
    Received confirmation from CISO Office that Plan of Actions and
      Milestones (POAMs) 21289, 21290, and 21292 are approved for closure.
      These POAMs relate to handling cryptographic keys and secure
      name/address resolution.
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC)
    Japan (JAXA) - Agreed to LGAC support in exchange for L5 downlink fees
      discount; Prepared and delivered draft Exchange of Letters and Annex I
      revision to facilitate this new arrangement.

Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)
Project Management
    Spacecraft Comprehensive Performance Test (CPT) was executed
      successfully at Orbital on November 8-11, 2011
Systems Engineering (SE)
    Coordinated plans to install software on and configure the new
      Calibration/Validation (cal/val) server with the cal/val group. This server
      will replace the interim server now at Orbital for data checks during
      Observatory Comprehensive Performance Test (CPT).
    Test mission data was captured from spacecraft CPT and will be returned
      to EROS for analysis next week.
Integration & Test (I&T)
    Completed the Network Connectivity Test – Gilmore (NCT-G) run-for-
      record. The test was partially successful but the Day-In-The-Life scenario
      could not be completed. While problems with configuration were
      encountered and corrected, several presumed software problems will
      require fixes to complete all planned requirements verification.
    Postponed the TRR for GRT 4b as dry runs could not be completed due to
      NCT-G taking longer than planned. The TRR is now planned for next
      Monday, November 14, 2011.
Calibration Validation
    The Cal Val Team (CVT) radiometry group has completed building the Ball
      Aerospace Technology Corp (BATC) radiometric processing code and has
      successfully produced radiometrically corrected heliostat data using the
      bias removal, per-frame Video Reference Pixel (VRP) correction, linearity
      correction, non-uniformity correction (NUC), and gain application
    The CVT attended by telecon, the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS)
      requirements verification meetings on November 8-9, 2011. The Goddard

      Space Flight Center (GSFC) TIRS development team presented Scatter /
      Ghosting and Stray light analysis which encompasses 6 TIRS
      requirements. Jim Storey presented the Line-of-Sight (LOS) test data
      analysis for TIRS Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) 1 testing.
Data Processing and Archive Segment (DPAS)
    The DPAS team is providing support for the configuration and dry run
      activities associated with GRT 4b.
    Work continues on the subsystem releases that will comprise DPAS Build
    Work continues on Release 1 of the LPGS, Release 2 of the IAS, and
      Release 3 of the Ingest Subsystem, Inventory Subsystem, Storage and
      Archive, and the User Portal subsystems.
    The DPAS team continues to work with the spacecraft and instrument
      vendors to analyze and generate simulated data to support ongoing and
      upcoming test activities.
    The DPAS team installed and configured its processing software on a new
      server that will be sent down to Orbital to support OLI instrument checkout
    Work continues on preparation for DPAS Build 3 element testing.
    The DPAS I&T team is identifying test data needs and writing test cases
      for DPAS Build 3.
Ground Network Element (GNE)
    The GNE is supporting Gilmore Creek level 3 testing this week (NCT-G)
      and spacecraft system testing (CPTs) at Orbital; Troubleshooting has
      been done for problems seen with the Data Collection and Routing
    John Kim and Chris Yealy from NASA GSFC will be visiting next week
      (Mon-Wed) to demo a high-speed capture card for Landsat and to look at
      updates for the command and telemetry processors.
    Engineers from Avtec will also be visiting next week (Thu-Fri) to look into
      problems with the 3.16 demod patch.
Mission Operations Center (MOC)
    The Collection Activity Planning Element (CAPE) development team is
      progressing on Code and Unit Test (CUT) for several components of Build
    Mission Operations Element (MOE) Build 4 System Verification Testing
    Spacecraft Comprehensive Performance Test (CPT) completed this week.
      This test is a significant mission milestone where a large number of
      spacecraft requirements are verified.
        o Captured ~70 GB of data from each run of the Orbits In The Life
            (OITL) test scenario for data projection and future re-runs of the
        o During this approximately 60 hour test, considerable feedback on
            MOE telemetry pages was collected from the various NASA
            engineering staff using the systems to monitor the test.

Flight Operations
     Various issues with the Spacecraft / Observatory Simulator are still
       affecting the Flight Ops Team’s ability to run the mini-DRC and Day in the
       Life scenarios. Longer duration sims are still problematic.
     The Flight Operations is continuing development for Mission Readiness
       Tests 3 & 4 with Orbital.
     The install of the MOE 4.0.2 continue on the various MOC strings (mostly
       systems require checkout post install). Preparations are underway for the
       next MOE upgrade
     Flight Operations members and Advanced Engineering Technical
       Directorate subsystem engineers are supporting Spacecraft CPT
       November 7-9, 2011 at Orbital. Midway through the CPT no hardware
       issues have been noted during testing – however several noncritical script
       and configuration issues have been incurred. Several Integrated Test and
       Operations System issues have been noted pertaining to data rate
       changes. A checkout of telemetry pages was conducted to aid in further
       display development.
     Delivery of a Management Information System to the Flight Operations
       Team is undergoing final configuration.
     A Fault Management Technical Interchange Meeting will occur November
       16 to discuss Fault Management with Orbital Space Corp.
     An Internal Peer Review of MOC status and work to be executed prior to
       launch will be held November 17, 2011 at the LDCM MOC.
LDCM EROS Operations
     Day in the Life testing of the LDCM User Portal Interface and MOC CAPE
       ongoing. An initial set of change requests has been submitted as
       operational scenarios are run. Emphasis has been on the UP interface
       and reporting.
     System setup for scenario testing between the LDCM User Portal
       Interface and the Science CAPE ongoing. Initial access is available.
     Continue planning for scheduling for On-Orbit Initialization and Verification
       period – A meeting is scheduled for November 19 at Goddard.
     Continue refinement of seasonality file.

   The Land Satellite Data Systems Science Research and Development
     project will be holding a "Round Table" session Thursday afternoon after
     Pecora to solicit user community feedback on plans for new and emerging
     Landsat science products.

** Administrative Services Branch

Workforce Planning and Staff Development
   Finished processing FY11 EPAPs on November 10, 2011. Sent hard
     copies to HQ HR and spreadsheet summary to Dale Roy.

      Submitted complete CITT Lead hiring package to Denver HR on
       November 7, 2011.
      Held Government Employee Supervisor’s meeting on November 9, 2011.
       Topics included: Mentoring Program Update, final tally FY11 EPAPs and
       performance awards, establishing FY12 EPAPs, FY12 awards, FFSL vs
       FMLA, Lotus directory update, and potential EAP program updates.
      Scrub of Lotus directory for government employees revealed incorrect
       supervisor and/or extra contract IDs for 49 personnel which may be
       contributing to webform and DOI access issues. Have referred to CITT for
       corrective action.

    Updated FY12 File Plan and cleaned up files
    Reviewed Strategic Planning Communication Plan for updates and
    Prepared draft Strategic Plan Review Meeting agenda and collected
      Senior Staff comments
    Worked on ASB Webpages
    Set up ASB FY12 Monthly Report format

    Maintained and supported ASB owned/operated servers
    Maintained and supported ASB desktops/laptops
    Maintained and supported Credit Card Transaction Log
    Released Weekly Project Summary Report and FBMS EMIS Reports
    Developing ASB internal web pages

   Finalized Agreements/modifications/MOU’s:
         o USAID PAPA #AID-FFP-P-10-00003 Mod #2
   In progress Agreements/modifications/MOU’s:
         o NGA #NPMHG81276GS11
         o NGA #F2BDEV0071G001 Mod #1
         o Corporacion Andina De Fomento (CAF) PA#4 (amendment a.)
         o CSIR,South Africa Letter of Exchange/Annex I(b) amendment
         o LOA with State of Kuwait (International Program #KU-05.0000)
         o National Guard Bureau MOU (HQ review)
         o Pueblo County, CO MOU
         o City of Rolla, MO & Phelps County, MO, USGS/EROS, USGS/Rolla
           – MOU
         o Deptartment of Natural Resources, Canada PA #24 (Ongoing
           language discussion)
   Agreement Training: provided ongoing on-the-job training and information
     to Budget Analysts and Technicians in the following: Agreement review,
     Agreement Checklist preparation, Agreements Coordination Information

      System (ACIS), DUNS numbers, Appropriation Symbols, Fund Codes,
      ALC, etc

    Travel Reviews
    Bank Card Adjustments
    Entering/approving Purchase Requests
    FY12 Budget Planning
    Providing Back-up for Billings
    FY11 Report Clean-up
    SD-10 Monthly Status Report
    Sales Order Funding
    Labor Adjustments
    Working with Denver on FY12 Sales Collection issues

Facility Management
    Review of Deferred Maintenance Criteria with Project Examples
    Preparation of Indoor Cooling Tower Project
    Preparation for visit regarding Data Center Consolidation

    Excess inventory and items will be ready to go to UNICOR Leavenworth,
     Kansas by November 14, 2011
    Working through some property discrepancies that have not been cleared
     by HQ. Continue to monitor and update equipment CE, location and data
     in FBMS.

   Attended Surveillance Detection training
   Working on Travel Briefs


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