[Directives and Handbooks]
||Effective Date:||December 16, 1991
|INSTRUCTION||Expiration Date:||December 31, 1997 |
Responsible Office: IR / International Relations Division
Subject: GUIDELINES FOR ACCESS TO NASA INSTALLATIONS BY NATIONALS OF THE USSR, CHINA, AND DESIGNATED AREAS
This Instruction establishes NASA policy for access by
nationals of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR),
the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as
China), and designated areas to NASA Headquarters and Field
2. APPLICABILITY AND SCOPE
a. This Instruction applies to:
(1) NASA Headquarters and Field Installations; and
(2) All visits by nationals of the USSR, China, and
certain other designated areas, including
nationals who are current NASA contractors,
grantees, and their employees or students, for
any duration or purpose, except public tours.
Excluded are permanent resident aliens as
classified by the U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service and members of the press.
Access requests from foreign representatives
covered by this Instruction who are accredited
members of the press will be coordinated by the
Public Affairs Officer for the International
Relations Division at NASA Headquarters,
consistent with standard press procedures.
*b. For purposes of this Instruction, the term
"designated areas" refers to certain countries or
areas, as designated by the U.S. Government for
foreign policy or national security reasons. The
Director, International Relations Division, NASA
Headquarters, with the concurrence of the Chief, NASA
Security Office, NASA Headquarters, will maintain a
current list of these areas and will periodically
inform Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices and
Directors of Field Installations of this list and of
any changes thereto. Attachment A is the initial list
of designated areas as of the date of this Instruction.
Specific questions regarding the most current status
should be directed to the International Relations
a. NHB 1620.3, "NASA Physical Security Handbook,"
b. NMI 1371.3, "Coordination of Foreign Visitor
c. National Security Directive Document 197, "Reporting
Hostile Contacts and Security Awareness."
Visits by nationals of the USSR, China, and designated
areas will be considered on the basis of national interest,
security, and reciprocity (as pertaining to the country of
origin of the national seeking access). Such access must
be justifiable in terms of supportable expectations of
concrete benefit to NASA and the U.S. technology transfer
considerations, both direct and incidental, will be given
*a. All requests for visit approval must be submitted to
the International Relations Division, Code IR, NASA
Headquarters, and approval obtained prior to extending
any invitation to, or affirmatively responding to visit
proposals by, nationals of the USSR, China, or other
designated areas. The request for access approval must
provide a description of the proposed access including
name and position of the visitor, date(s) of visit,
visitor's area of technical expertise, subject matter
to be discussed, agenda, if any, and facilities to be
visited. A justification statement for the proposed
visit must also be included, citing the expected value
to NASA of the visit and any reciprocity
considerations. Copies of all relevant correspondence
should be included with the request.
b. Proposals/requests for access involving technical or
substantive interchange should be received by the
International Relations Division 15 working days
prior to the date of the requested access. While
emergency short notice visit requests will be
considered, they may be denied due to an inability to
fully coordinate the request in time.
c. When non-VIP nationals of the USSR, China, and
designated areas are in the minority as members of
larger groups (e.g., student associations) making
nonsubstantive visits other than public tours, advance
clearance of their participation is not required.
d. NASA will only support visa requests for visits to the
U.S. with respect to the period of time required for
the NASA portion of a visit.
e. A brief substantive report must be submitted to the
International Relations Division, and to the cognizant
Headquarters Program Office, as appropriate, by the
U.S. host within 15 working days following any access
covered by this Instruction other than nonsubstantive
access covered in subparagraph c. This requirement is
in addition to the requirements of NASA's Security
6. INTERACADEMY EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
NASA personnel desiring to host nationals of the USSR,
China, and designated areas under an exchange program
sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences will
submit their proposals in accordance with paragraph 5 of
this Instruction to the International Relations Division for
policy review and approval prior to any submission to the
U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
7. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CONSIDERATIONS
a. Technical discussions with, and documents provided
to, nationals from the USSR, China, and designated
areas must be limited to information or documents
publicly and widely available, e.g., published in the
open literature or cleared for such dissemination,
except as may be provided for in an agency or
government-level cooperative agreement or authorized by
appropriate U.S. Government export or other policy
approval, or unless the request is submitted and
approved under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in
accordance with NMI 1382.2, "Availability of Agency
Records to Members of the Public."
b. Technical discussions should be structured to ensure
balance. Each side must present information of
comparable quality and quantity consistent with the
principles of reciprocity and mutual benefit. Hosts
are actively encouraged to seek substantive
contributions from the visiting nationals.
The Director, International Relations Division, NASA
Headquarters, is responsible for determining, in
consultation with the appropriate Headquarters Offices, the
appropriateness of access by nationals of the USSR, China,
and certain other designated areas to NASA Headquarters and
NMI 1371.4A dated April 8, 1991.
/s/Richard H. Truly
A. List of Designated Areas Subject to Special Foreign Policy
*Changed by this revision.
December 16, 1991 NMI 1371.4B
LIST OF DESIGNATED AREAS, SUBJECT TO
SPECIAL FOREIGN POLICY CONSIDERATIONS
U.S. relations with the following countries require that contacts
between NASA and these countries and their nationals be regulated
according to special foreign policy considerations:
*China, Peoples' Republic of
Korea, People's Democratic Republic of (North Korea)
Though for the purposes of this document, Estonia, Latvia and
Lithuania are treated as part of the USSR, it should be noted
that the U.S. Government has not recognized their incorporation
into the Soviet Union.
*Changed by this revision.