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NASA Needs to Better Assess Contract Termination Liability Risks and Ensure Consistency in Its Practices
GAO-11-609R: Published: Jul 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2011.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) procures most of its goods and services through contracts, and it terminates very few of them. In fiscal year 2010, for example, NASA's procurements, ranging from small contracts for human resources consulting services to multimillion dollar contracts to build and operate spacecraft, totaled approximately $17.4 billion, representing about 83...
AIMD-96-141R: Published: Sep 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided interim information on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) plans for acquiring future spacecraft for its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) System. GAO noted that: (1) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's analysis of the planned NOAA sole-source procurement of four spacecraft showed that...
Cassini Mission: Estimated Launch Costs for NASA's Mission to Saturn
NSIAD-95-141BR: Published: May 8, 1995. Publicly Released: May 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Titan IV-Centaur launch of its Cassini spacecraft, focusing on the: (1) current estimated cost for the launch; and (2) extent to which cost savings opportunities exist.GAO found that: (1) NASA's most recent estimate for the Titan IV-Centaur launch of its Cassini spacecraft is...
NASA Procurement: Opportunities to Improve Contract Management
T-NSIAD-92-33: Published: May 7, 1992. Publicly Released: May 7, 1992.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) management oversight of contract: (1) cost increases and time extensions; (2) modifications; and (3) administration activities performed by other government organizations. GAO noted that: (1) at the four largest NASA procurement centers 1 in every 3 of over 1,800 contracts sampled had cost increases, and more than 2 of every...
Army Weapons: Status of the Sense and Destroy Armor System
NSIAD-91-44BR: Published: Dec 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Army's Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM) program, focusing on: (1) Army compliance with congressional directives; (2) the current program schedule; (3) the Army's estimate of the program's total cost; (4) SADARM technical development and test results; and (5) SADARM ability to meet a counterfire mission requirement.GAO found that t...
Weather Satellites: Cost Growth and Development Delays Jeopardize U.S. Forecasting Ability
NSIAD-89-169: Published: Jun 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) cooperative arrangement for the development and procurement of the next series of geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES), focusing on the: (1) award of the prime contract and its principal subcontract; (2) c...
Reasons for Lack of Replacement for Failed Weather Satellite
RCED-84-198: Published: Aug 31, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO conducted an investigation into the reasons why the United States does not have a satellite to replace a weather satellite that failed. In addition, it reviewed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) policies, plans, and procurement procedures concerning the weather satellite program.GAO found that NOAA and the National Aeronautics and Sp...
The Requirements Determination Process Can Be Improved at NASA's Langley Research Center
PLRD-82-56: Published: Mar 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1982.
GAO completed a review of the requirements determination process for stores stocks at the Langley Research Center.Langley manages a stores stock inventory of about 8,000 items, with an inventory value of about $2.6 million. Stores stock items consist of general support type items of an expendable nature. Thus, Langley uses an ordering method designed to optimize the tradeoffs between the cost of c...
Need for NASA To Provide Congress More Complete Cost Information on Its Projects
PSAD-81-7: Published: Nov 26, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 1980.
GAO made a study to determine if there were weaknesses in the cost estimating process of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which, if corrected, would result in more accurate and reliable estimates to provide Congress with more complete cost information in its annual budget justification documents. NASA had underestimated the costs for some of its major projects. As a result...
Guidelines for Survey of the Pricing of Negotiated Noncompetitive DOD Prime Contracts With McDonnell Douglas and Raytheon and NASA Prime Contracts With General Electric
109290: May 1, 1978
The objective of this survey was to determine, for the Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, whether the prices negotiated for major programs and systems were reasonable based on cost or pricing data available to the contractor at the time of contract negotiations...