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National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Long-standing Financial Management Challenges Threaten the Agency's Ability to Manage Its Programs
GAO-06-216T: Published: Oct 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2005.
Congress asked GAO to testify on the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) financial management reform efforts. NASA faces major financial management challenges that, if not addressed, will weaken its ability to manage its highly complex programs. NASA has been on GAO's high-risk list since 1990 because of its failure to effectively oversee its contracts, due in part...
Kennedy Center: Stronger Oversight of Fire Safety Issues, Construction Projects, and Financial Management Needed
GAO-05-516T: Published: Apr 6, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2005.
Since fiscal year 1995, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center) has received nearly $203 million in federal funds to complete capital projects and intends to request an additional $43 million in appropriations through fiscal year 2008. The Kennedy Center's Comprehensive Building Plan identifies these capital projects as necessary to renovate the Center and to meet or ex...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Major Weapon Programs
GAO-05-301: Published: Mar 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is embarking on a number of efforts to enhance warfighting and the way the department conducts business. Major investments are being made to develop improved weapon systems to combat various threats to U.S. security. While the weapons that DOD ultimately develops have no rival in superiority, weapon systems acquisition remains a long-standing high-risk area. GAO's r...
Defense Acquisitions: Information for Congress on Performance of Major Programs Can Be More Complete, Timely, and Accessible
GAO-05-182: Published: Mar 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2005.
DOD has more than $1 trillion worth of major defense acquisition programs, on which it must report to Congress, including a comparison of a current program's costs to a baseline containing its cost, quantity, schedule, and performance goals. When these goals are changed, the program is "rebaselined" to reflect current status. However, measuring current estimates against the most recent baseline wi...
Tactical Aircraft: Opportunity to Reduce Risks in the Joint Strike Fighter Program with Different Acquisition Strategy
GAO-05-271: Published: Mar 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2005.
Under the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act of 2005, GAO is required to to review the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program annually for the next 5 years. This is the first GAO report, and it (1) analyzes the JSF program's business case for delivering new capabilities to the warfighter and (2) determines whether the JSF program's acquisition strategy follows an evolutionary, knowled...
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Changes in Global Hawk's Acquisition Strategy Are Needed to Reduce Program Risks
GAO-05-6: Published: Nov 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2004.
Global Hawk offers significant military capabilities to capture and quickly transmit high-quality images of targets and terrain, day or night, and in adverse weather--without risk to an onboard pilot. Global Hawk first flew in the late 1990s as a demonstrator and supported recent combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2001, the Air Force began an acquisition program to develop and produce i...
Federal Aircraft: Inaccurate Cost Data and Weaknesses in Fleet Management Planning Hamper Cost Effective Operations
GAO-04-645: Published: Jun 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2004.
Federal civilian agencies own and operate a fleet of aging aircraft, many of which may soon need to be replaced. Agencies manage their fleets with help from guidance and policies issued by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Numerous audit reports have disclosed that agencies lacked accurate cost data and had acquired aircraft without adequate j...
2000 Census: Coverage Measurement Programs' Results, Costs, and Lessons Learned
GAO-03-287: Published: Jan 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2003.
To help measure the quality of the 2000 Census and to possibly adjust for any errors, the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) conducted the Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (A.C.E.) program. However, after obligating around $207 million for A.C.E. and its predecessor program, Integrated Coverage Measurement (I.C.M.), from fiscal years 1996 through 2001, the Bureau did not use either program to adjust the...
Breast Cancer Research Stamp: Millions Raised for Research, but Better Cost Recovery Criteria Needed
GGD-00-80: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Postal Service's Breast Cancer Research Stamp, focusing on: (1) how the Service went about identifying and allocating the costs it incurred in developing and marketing the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal (BCRS) and the issues associated with effectiveness; (2) the statutory authorities and constraints associated with the Serv...
Costs of Regulation
PEMD-95-24R: Published: Jun 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs of federal regulations, focusing on one economist's estimates of the costs of environmental, economic, and certain social regulations. GAO noted that: (1) there is disagreement on whether process and transfer costs should be included in estimates of regulatory costs; (2) excluding these costs will decrease cost estimates by...