Government procurement (11 - 20 of 21 items)
Review of Selected Contracts Awarded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
PSAD-79-103: Published: Sep 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1979.
A survey was made of contract administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center.Three service contracts out of the nine reviewed were either written improperly or appeared to lack the essential internal controls for minimizing fraud and assuring that contracted services are actually provided. The administration of a sole-source painting contract had the following faults: (1) the specifications in...
A Second Launch Site for the Shuttle? An Analysis of Needs for the Nation's Space Program
PSAD-78-57: Published: Aug 4, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1978.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is constructing space shuttle facilities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the primary launch, landing, and orbiter refurbishment site which is scheduled to become operational in mid-1980. A second site, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), will be funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and is expected to become operational in June 1983 at a co...
Landsat Policy Issues Still Unresolved
PSAD-78-58: Published: Apr 17, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1978.
Landsat is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration experimental project to determine the usefulness of satellite-acquired data for managing the Earth's environment and natural resources.Although the project has been going on since 1970 and will extend into the 1980's at costs which will exceed $650 million, there is no clear statement of government policy regarding support of an operationa...
Pricing of a Fixed-Price Incentive Contract Awarded to RCA Corporation by the Goddard Space Flight Center
PSAD-78-49: Published: Dec 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1977.
A fixed-price incentive contract awarded to RCA Corporation, Astro Electronics, by the Goddard Space Flight Center provides for furnishing eight Television Infra-red Observation Satellite spacecraft buses, associated documents, spares components, and ground support equipment. The value of the contract through modification 16 was $61,938,241 at the target price and $65,078,437 at the ceiling price...
The SEASAT-A Project: Where It Stands Today
PSAD-77-126: Published: Sep 16, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1977.
SEASAT-A is an ocean dynamics satellite scheduled for launch in 1978 with sensors to measure winds, waves, ocean currents, sea temperatures, ice coverage, and atmospheric and water vapor.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has experienced cost, schedule, and performance difficulties with the SEASAT-A because of technical problems and an estimated $5 million increase in the cos...
More Emphasis Needed on Data Analysis Phase of Space Science Programs
PSAD-77-114: Published: Jun 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1977.
Scientific data acquired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space programs are not always promptly made available to the scientific community for further analysis and maximum benefit to the United States.The National Space Science Data Center has problems acquiring data promptly because some principal investigators fail to submit their data. Factors contributing to lat...
Space Transportation System: Past, Present, Future
PSAD-77-113: Published: May 27, 1977. Publicly Released: May 27, 1977.
Congress has appropriated about $4.4 billion to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and $106 million to the Department of Defense through fiscal year 1977 for development of the Space Transportation System (STS), about one-third of estimated development and production cost. Congress must decide whether to approve a full-scale operational STS by authorizing the start of product...
Status of the Mariner Jupiter/Saturn 1977 Project
PSAD-77-103: Published: May 20, 1977. Publicly Released: May 20, 1977.
The Mariner Jupiter/Saturn 1977 project is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program with objectives of advancing knowledge of these planets and relating their properties to those of Earth.NASA's cost estimate of $450.9 million for the project did not include $35.7 million of project-related costs. The project was on schedule and delays were not anticipated. Plans we...
NASA's Resource Data Base and Techniques for Supporting, Planning, and Controlling Programs Need Improvement
PSAD-77-78: Published: May 19, 1977. Publicly Released: May 19, 1977.
Data compiled by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on its resources and management techniques for supporting, planning, and controlling research and development programs omitted some resources and did not identify others with the projects they benefited.The database of resources available in fiscal year 1976 for carrying out its research and development programs excluded abo...
Space Shuttle Facility Program: More Definitive Cost Information Needed
PSAD-77-17: Published: May 9, 1977. Publicly Released: May 9, 1977.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is acquiring shuttle facilities to support the Space Transportation System. A review of the shuttle facility program focused on the current cost, schedule, and performance status. In late 1971, NASA established a $300 million target to acquire the facilities needed. Through fiscal year 1977, Congress appropriated $259 million in construction...