Government procurement (1 - 10 of 21 items)
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 Procurement: Challenges Remain in Implementing Improvement Reforms
NSIAD-94-179: Published: Aug 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) implementation of its procurement management improvement initiatives.GAO found that: (1) NASA has partially or fully implemented all but one of its eight key procurement management improvement initiatives; (2) the initiatives include establishing a new award fee policy, increasing contracto...
NASA Property: Improving Management of Government Equipment Provided to Contractors
NSIAD-93-191: Published: Sep 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) management of government equipment provided to contractors, focusing on: (1) NASA compliance with federal regulations intended to minimize the amount of government-owned, contractor-held general purpose equipment; (2) government and contractor controls over equipment; and (3) NASA reporting...
NASA Procurement: Management Oversight of Contract Costs and Time Changes Could Be Enhanced
NSIAD-91-259: Published: Sep 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) contract administration and management practices, focusing on the extent of cost increases and time extensions in contracts at the four largest NASA procurement centers.GAO found that: (1) 32 percent of the contracts at the four centers increased in cost, with an overall cont...
Space Shuttle: NASA Faces Challenges in Its Attempt to Achieve Planned Flight Rates
NSIAD-92-32: Published: Dec 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) future space shuttle flight plans, focusing on the: (1) factors associated with achieving planned flight rates; (2) processes to ensure that NASA does not compromise safety by increasing flight rates; (3) impact of variations in flight rate estimates on subsystem and spare parts procurement...
Titan IV Launch Vehicle: Restructured Program Could Reduce Fiscal Year 1992 Funding Needs
NSIAD-91-271: Published: Sep 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force's coordination of production and launch schedules for the Titan IV expendable launch vehicle program, focusing on: (1) the possible effect these schedules may have on the President's fiscal year (FY) 1992 budget for the Titan IV program; and (2) opportunities for savings.GAO found that: (1) the Air Force is planning a slowdown of prod...
Weather Satellites: Economies Available by Converging Government Meteorological Satellites
NSIAD-87-107: Published: Apr 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1987.
GAO reviewed the United States' two separate, but similar, polar-orbiting meteorological satellite systems to determine if the two systems could be combined to eliminate duplicative practices and overlapping functions, and continue to provide necessary services to the systems' users.GAO found that: (1) national policy supports the convergence of polar meteorological satellite systems; (2) converge...
Small Business Act: NASA's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level
GGD-87-50: Published: Apr 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to determine its compliance with the Small Business Act's required reporting level.GAO found that: (1) although a NASA regulation changed the OSDBU Director's reporting level from the Administrator to the Deputy Administrator...
Examination of the Pricing of a Negotiated Fixed-Price Incentive Contract Awarded on a Noncompetitive Basis
103244: Aug 1, 1977
International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) failed to provide accurate, complete, and current cost or pricing data at the time of negotiation of a fixed-price incentive contract for flight models and parts for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Examination of the NASA procurement files and the cost and pricing data submitted by ITT showed that the contract price was overstate...
NASA's Standard Parts Program--Are the Objectives Being Accomplished?
PSAD-81-18: Published: Jan 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1981.
A review of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) progress in implementing the Standard Parts Program and its efforts to consolidate procurements of electronic parts is presented. Interviews and examinations of records and information from questionnaires were examined as a basis for the review.While there has been notable progress recently in planning for and implementing the...