NOTE: For access to the cubes in Generic Mode, click here.

The Data

  • Source is NASA's personnel/payroll system.
  • Records for every civil service employee in NASA.
  • Includes snapshots of workforce composition as of certain dates.
  • Includes data on personnel transactions, such as hires, losses and promotions.
  • Updates occur every 2 weeks.
  • Data is extracted from the database and compiled using Cognos' PowerPlay.


PowerPlay facilitates multidimensional analysis.

  • Look at NASA workforce information in multiple ways
  • Drill down to underlying levels of detail.
  • Display crosstabs
  • Display bar graphs, pie charts

You can, for example, look at the distribution of employees by occupation and by NASA Center and readily see the differences amongst the Centers. Occupation and location are key dimensions of the workforce.

Other dimensions include:

  • Pay grades
  • Supervisory status
  • Education level
  • Retirement eligibility status,
  • Gender
  • Diversity

You can quickly view data across any dimension.

The numbers that can be displayed include:

  • Head counts
  • Average salary
  • Aggregate salary
  • Average age
  • Average years of Federal Service
  • Others

These measures can be explored as values or as percents of totals.

The Web Server

PowerPlay packages NASA workforce data into Web reports which we put on the PowerPlay Web Server. A PowerPlay Web report is a dynamic document; that is, new documents are produced on the Web as you explore. You can

  • Change measures and categories
  • Drill down on categories
  • Filter categories
  • Sort columns
  • View charts

PowerPlay Web reports are HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) documents. The only workstation software that's required to view the reports is a Web browser. The two most common Web browsers are supported:

  • Netscape Navigator version 3.0 (or higher), and 
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 (or higher). 

Javascript must be enabled in your browser.

Use the conventions of working in a Web environment:

  • Drill down on a category by clicking the hyperlinked category label.
  • Bookmark reports.
  • Compare versions of a report by opening another instance of the Web browser. (If you're using Internet Explorer, you can't use the New Window command of the File menu to open another instance of the report.)

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