[CMC] Invitation for nominees for CSS Area, Deputy Area Director

Barkley, Erik J (3970) erik.j.barkley at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Dec 1 23:35:58 UTC 2017

CMC Colleagues,
As you are probably aware, the current Cross Support Services Area Deputy Area Director (CSS DAD), Margherita DiGiulio will be the CESG Chair, effective January 1, 2018. As such, there is now a need for a new CSS DAD. This email is to invite the CMC to nominate candidates for this position.
In addition, to the general CCSDS qualifications, which are listed below, here is my emphasis on the ideal qualifications for the CSS Area DAD:

a)       Significant familiarity with agency TTC (Tracking, Telemetry and Command) operations and systems, especially as applied in an interagency cross support setting

b)      A working knowledge of space link extension (SLE) standards and their implementation; familiarity with the Cross Support Transfer Services framework is desirable but not required

c)       A good understanding of how the agencies TTC services are managed and coordinated, especially in an interagency cross support context

d)      Established interpersonal skills for coordination of international projects and development efforts
Note that the CCSDS procedures manual states that an AD and DAD cannot be from the same agency.  Therefore, this request does not apply to NASA.
General qualifications, as stated in the procedures manual are "...A candidate for selection as CESG chair, Area Director, or their deputies must have demonstrated the ability to function independently of his/her own agency's agenda and to be able to fairly lead the development of international consensus.."
A more formal statement about the role of the DAD, extracted from the current CCSDS Procedure manual and listed below. It may be helpful to review this.
Given that this is recent development and that it is desirable to have a new deputy for the CSS Area established well in advance of the spring 2018 meetings, I respectfully request identification of nominees by January 12, 2018.  A brief indication of the candidate's qualifications is much appreciated.
Best regards,
Erik Barkley
Cross Support Services Area Director
Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems

+1 818.393.4972

>From CCSDS A02.1-Y-4, April 2014:
For refence, The DAD role:  "...The DAD is responsible for performing the functions of the AD in the AD's absence. DADs may assist ADs in performance of functions, and DADs are expected to participate in the CESG consensus process..."

For reference, the role of the AD for which the DAD is the deputy:

"...An Area Director is responsible for the work done in his or her WGs, BOFs, and SIGs and is

specifically responsible for the following:

a) being a member of the CESG as the single representative of the CCSDS technical


b) screening all proposals to form new WGs that are brought forward by BOFs to make

sure that they are supported by required documentation and their technical focus is

vectored toward the goals and objectives of CCSDS;

c) making recommendations to the CESG concerning approval for the chartering and

formation of WGs;

d) ensuring that CCSDS documents are properly categorized and that they embody the

content and quality expected of documents of their type;

e) making recommendations to the CESG for the progression of WG documents as they

approach key decision gates along the various document tracks;

f) demonstrating and certifying that formal review procedures have been properly

followed prior to recommending the advancement of a document;

g) communicating the dates of CESG meetings to the WG, BOF, and SIG chairs so that

they may schedule the completion of their work prior to this time;

h) notifying the WG, BOF, and SIG chairs as to how and when their work is to be

presented to the AD for review;

i) deciding if Area meetings are to be held, and if so, setting the date, location, and

agenda for each Area meeting (it is strongly recommended that periodic face-to-face

co-located meetings of the WGs, BOFs, and SIGs in a particular Area should be held

to maximize opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas);

j) chairing Area meetings, ensuring that every WG, BOF, or SIG presents its work in a

satisfactory manner and that Area decisions are made through a process of consensus;

k) ensuring that all Area work follows the set of architectural principles agreed to by the

CESG and is properly synchronized with work in other areas and with the smooth

evolution of the large installed base of CCSDS-compatible mission-support


l) working with the WG, BOF, and SIG chairs to prepare detailed reports of overall

status, progress and problems for presentation at CESG meetings (as necessary, the

AD may request specific WG, BOF, or SIG chairs to attend CMC meetings to discuss

difficult issues);

m) verifying that all Normative Track documents are subject to the proper process of

formal agency review by the WG chair;

n) maintaining the Area master-tracking list of relevant specifications as they progress

through the standardization tracks;

o) making recommendations to the CESG to reconvene a WG to refresh a standard that

has been finalized and deployed into operational use, and for which the WG is no

longer active;

p) making sure that technical cross-pollination occurs among the various WGs by

seeking frequent opportunities to hold Area meetings; and

q) seeking opportunities to advertise and promulgate the work of the Area by alerting

WG, BOF, and SIG chairs to opportunities to publish results or participate in relevant
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