Griffin adds his comments to NASA's place within the United States. He states, “NASA will look great, whether we are asked to return to the Moon and establish permanent presence there and go to Mars, as I think we ought to be asked to do, or whether we are asked to carry out some other task."
He adds, "We as an agency will look great if we put our efforts behind carrying out that task, whatever the task is that we are asked to do, with all of the spirit and the technical acumen that I know we as an agency can bring to that task.”
“So, in a time of transition, it is important to remember that job one at an executive branch agency and especially at NASA where we do carry out great enterprises, job one is to collaborate, to cooperate in carrying them out, and support whoever is next appointed to be the leader of the enterprise."
"If you can do that, that person will look good, and the agency will look good, and it is a win-win.”
“Our job is to produce the result that our legislators and elected officials ask us to produce."
"So I ask you to do that for the next head of the agency, as well as you have done that for me, and not for me, but in following our enabling legislation while I have been here.”
William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University