Program management (81 - 90 of 149 items)
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 Shuttle: Costs for Hubble Servicing Mission and Implementation of Safety Recommendations Not Yet Definitive
GAO-05-34: Published: Nov 19, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2004.
Hubble's continued operation has been dependent on manned servicing missions using the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) shuttle fleet. The fleet was grounded in early 2003 following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, as NASA focused its efforts on responding to recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). In January 2004, NASA announced its d...
Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Information on Program Cost and Schedule Changes
GAO-04-1054: Published: Sep 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2004.
Our nation's current operational polar-orbiting environmental satellite program is a complex infrastructure that includes two satellite systems, supporting ground stations, and four central data processing centers. In the future, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is to combine the two current satellite systems into a single state-of-the-art environment...
NASA: Lack of Disciplined Cost-Estimating Processes Hinders Effective Program Management
GAO-04-642: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2004.
For more than a decade, GAO has identified the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) contract management as a high-risk area--in part because of NASA's inability to collect, maintain, and report the full cost of its programs and projects. Lacking this information, NASA has been challenged to manage its programs and control program costs. The scientific and technical expectations i...
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Significant Actions Needed to Address Long-standing Financial Management Problems
GAO-04-754T: Published: May 19, 2004. Publicly Released: May 19, 2004.
Congress asked GAO to testify on the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) financial management reform efforts. NASA faces major 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 and contractors, due in part to th...
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Major Management Issues Facing DOD's Development and Fielding Efforts
GAO-04-530T: Published: Mar 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2004.
The current generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been under development since the 1980s. UAVs were used in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002 and 2003 to observe, track, target, and strike enemy forces. These successes have heightened interest in UAVs within the Department of Defense (DOD). Congress has been particularly interested in DOD's approach to managing the growing number of UAV pro...
Business Modernization: Disciplined Processes Needed to Better Manage NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program
GAO-04-118: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2003.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has struggled to implement a fully integrated financial management system. The lack of such a system has affected the agency's ability to control program costs, raising concerns about the management of its most costly programs, including the space shuttle program and the International Space Station. In April 2000 NASA initiated the Integrate...
Business Modernization: NASA's Challenges in Managing Its Integrated Financial Management Program
GAO-04-255: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2003.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spends 90 percent--$13 billion--of its budget on contractors. Yet since 1990, GAO has designated NASA's contract management as a high-risk area--in part because the agency failed to implement a financial management system to provide information needed to make key program decisions. In April 2000, NASA initiated its most recent effort to impl...
Information Technology: Architecture Needed to Guide NASA's Financial Management Modernization
GAO-04-43: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2003.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is in the process of modernizing its financial management operations and supporting information technology systems. This modernization, known as the Integrated Financial Management Program (IFMP), is intended to provide NASA with an agencywide, integrated approach to performing critical business functions, such as contract management--an are...
Survey of NASA's Lessons Learned Process
GAO-01-1015R: Published: Sep 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2001.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) procedures and guidelines require that program and project managers review and apply lessons learned from the past throughout a program's or project's life cycle. Managers must also document and submit any significant lessons learned in a timely manner. NASA's principal mechanism for collecting and sharing lessons learned from programs, pr...