Palazzo Discusses Importance of Reauthorizing NASA's Enhanced Use Lease Authorization Act with NASA Administrator
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), in a House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee hearing, discussed the importance of his bill H.R. 4304, the NASA Enhanced Use Lease Authority Act of 2019, with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator James "Jim" Bridenstine. This legislation reauthorizes NASA's Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) agreement authority for ten years. The program is currently set to expire on December 31, 2019.
“Administrator, can you elaborate on the ways NASA centers across the country have successfully used EUL agreements to reduce operating costs and improve NASA facility conditions,” Palazzo asked.
“Absolutely, so I think there are some really good examples of infrastructure that would include buildings for example, where a private company wants to use a building that NASA is not using currently, and part of the way they have access to that building is to make it usable and improve it. After a period of time, NASA has the rights to that building again in the future or they could continue their lease,” Administrator Bridenstine responded. “These are all good things where NASA can partner with the private sector. We have similar kind of agreements for launch facilities and of course as your familiar with at Stennis, test facilities. I think there are lots of opportunity to improve NASA’s facilities by partnering with the private sector.
“Not reauthorizing EUL, what would happen,” Palazzo asked.