President Bush's choice to become NASA's second-in-command told a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that cleaning up the agency's financial management problems would be a top priority for her.
"My plan is to have very aggressive oversight of where NASA is with its financial management system," Shana Dale told the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee. "This definitely needs to be brought under control."
Dale, deputy director for homeland and national security for the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, was nominated Sept. 9 to replace Fred Gregory as NASA's deputy administrator.
The committee is expected to send Dale's nomination to the full Senate this week.