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Export Controls: NASA Management Action and Improved Oversight Needed to Reduce the Risk of Unauthorized Access to Its Technologies
GAO-14-690T: Published: Jun 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2014.
Weaknesses in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) export control policy and implementation of foreign national access procedures at some centers increase the risk of unauthorized access to export-controlled technologies. NASA policies provide Center Directors wide latitude in implementing export controls at their centers. Federal internal control standards call for clearly def...
James Webb Space Telescope: Actions Needed to Improve Cost Estimate and Oversight of Test and Integration
GAO-13-4: Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has provided significantly more time and money to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) than previously planned and expressed high confidence in the project's new baselines. Its current cost estimate reflects some features of best practices for developing reliable and credible estimates. For example, the estimate substantially meets one of f...
International Space Station (ISS) - Ongoing Assessments for Life Extension Appear to be Supported
GAO-11-519R: Published: Apr 11, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2011.
This document is in response to the mandate contained in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-267, Section 503(c)(2), for GAO to provide an evaluation of the accuracy and level of confidence in the findings contained in NASA's assessment of the essential modules, operational systems and components, structural elements, and permanent sc...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: Knowledge-Based Acquisition Approach Key to Addressing Program Challenges
GAO-06-634: Published: Jul 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2006.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is being designed to explore the origins and nature of the universe. It should allow scientists to look deeper into space--and thus farther back in time--than ever before. The program, however, has experienced cost growth of more than $1 billion and its schedule has slipped nearly 2 years. NASA recently re...
NASA's Space Vision: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources
GAO-05-242: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2005.
In 2003, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) initiated the Prometheus 1 project to explore the outer reaches of the Solar System. The Prometheus 1 spacecraft is being designed to harness nuclear energy that will increase available electrical power from about 1,000 watts to over 100,000 watts and enable the use of electric propulsion thrusters. Historically, NASA has had diffic...
Business Modernization: NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program Does Not Fully Address Agency's External Reporting Issues
GAO-04-151: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2003.
In April 2000, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began its Integrated Financial Management program (IFMP), its third attempt at modernizing its financial management processes and systems. In April 2003, GAO reported that NASA's acquisition strategy has increased the risk that the agency will implement a system that will cost more and do less than planned. This report is one...
Space Transportation: Status of the X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle Program
NSIAD-99-176: Published: Aug 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) X-33 Program, focusing on: (1) whether the X-33 Program is meeting the cost, schedule, and performance objectives established in the X-33 cooperative agreement; (2) how NASA's oversight responsibility was changed by the cooperative agreement; and (3) potential i...
NASA: Large Programs May Consume Increasing Share of Limited Future Budgets
NSIAD-92-278: Published: Sep 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) 5-year program plan, focusing on: (1) its consistency with potential budget resources; (2) major programs that would require the greatest share of limited future NASA budgets; (3) whether the NASA strategic plan corrects the mismatch between its 5-year plan and budget resources; and (4) imp...
Space Station: Delays in Dealing With Space Debris May Reduce Safety and Increase Costs
IMTEC-92-50: Published: Jun 2, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) progress in its: (1) incorporation of the current estimate of the debris environment into space station requirements; (2) effort to keep the debris environment model current; and (3) overall strategy to protect the station from space debris of various sizes.GAO found that: (1) most current...
Space Project Testing: Uniform Policies and Added Controls Would Strengthen Testing Activities
NSIAD-91-248: Published: Sep 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) testing activities, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of the NASA testing policies and practices; (2) NASA oversight of contractor testing; and (3) the adequacy of resources available for testing.GAO found that: (1) although space systems testing varies from project to project, many of the rece...