Program evaluation (41 - 50 of 54 items)
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...
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...
Space Station: Impact of the Grounding of the Shuttle Fleet
GAO-03-1107: Published: Sep 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
In 1998, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its international partners--Canada, Europe, Japan, and Russia--began on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station, envisioned as a permanently orbiting laboratory for conducting scientific research under nearly weightless conditions. Since its inception, the program has experienced numerous problems, resulting in signifi...
Space Programs: NASA's Independent Cost Estimating Capability Needs Improvement
NSIAD-93-73: Published: Nov 5, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) implemented an advisory committee's recommendation to strengthen its independent cost estimating capability.GAO found that: (1) NASA actions to implement an independent cost estimating function did not meet the intent of the committee's recommendation; (2) NASA reported results of f...
Space Projects: Improvements Needed in Selecting Future Projects for Private Financing
NSIAD-90-147: Published: Sep 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1990.
GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to find acceptable private financing sources for seven space projects.GAO found that: (1) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NASA selected and removed six of the seven projects selected from the NASA budget request before adequately evaluating their suitability for commercialization; (2) commercial aerospace...
Follow-up Review of the IR Maverick Program
931116: May 4, 1983
No summary is currently available...
Costs and Benefits of a Common Strategic Rotary Launcher Should Be Reassessed Before Further Funds Are Available
MASAD-83-3: Published: Nov 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1982.
GAO reviewed the issues concerning the program cost, operational advantages, program concurrency, and management coordination of Air Force plans to acquire a multipurpose common strategic rotary launcher (CSRL) for the B-52H, B-1B, and advanced technology bombers.GAO found that, in approving the CSRL program, the Air Force has not canceled plans to develop a unique air-launched cruise missile (ALC...
Further Evaluation of the Proposed Interim Consolidation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
EMD-81-76: Published: Jun 24, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1981.
GAO was requested to respond to questions on the proposed interim consolidation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). These questions sought additional information and further explanation of matters discussed in a prior report.GAO concluded that both interim consolidation options could help strengthen NRC. Key factors have changed in favor of the proposed interim consolidation: (1) General S...
Cost/Benefit Analysis--A Legislative Branch Viewpoint
110842: Nov 6, 1979
GAO reviews of three remote sensing information systems were presented with regard to economic and cost/benefit analysis issues. The 1975 review of the Landsat program included the production of additional satellites, production of Landsat photo-products and computer compatible tapes, and a variety of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored technical investigations. The obje...
Status of the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System
PSAD-78-37: Published: Apr 25, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1978.
The NAVSTAR Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system which will consist of 24 satellites, ground control equipment, and user equipment for a variety of Department of Defense applications. All military services are participating in the program with the Air Force acting as management executive. Program costs are estimated at $3.7 billion, including $1.5 billion for the...