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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...
NASA: Major Challenges for Management
T-NSIAD-94-18: Published: Oct 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1993.
GAO discussed management challenges facing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), focusing on: (1) matching program goals with likely budgets; (2) managing systems development efforts more efficiently; (3) improving operations and oversight; and (4) preserving U.S. aeronautical leadership. GAO noted that: (1) NASA efforts to match its strategic plan with its budget have been ina...
Transition Series: NASA Issues
OCG-89-15TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO summarized information relating to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) critical program management issues.GAO noted that NASA management problems causing project delays and increasing costs include: (1) lack of a strategic long-term plan for civil space projects; (2) inconsistent and incomplete project cost reports; (3) lack of a life-cycle cost management process for it...
Space Station: NASA Efforts To Establish a Design-To-Life-Cycle Cost Process
NSIAD-88-147: Published: May 5, 1988. Publicly Released: May 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) implementation of cost control measures for space station operations.GAO found that NASA: (1) reviewed its efforts to establish a programwide design-to-life-cycle policy after an inconclusive attempt in 1986; (2) was considering a draft directive to help establish a management system to...
Space Station: National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 1987 Cost Estimate
NSIAD-87-180FS: Published: Jul 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the methodology the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used in estimating the cost of a permanent manned space station program.GAO found that: (1) in late 1986, the NASA Administrator directed the revalidation or modification of a 1984 space station cost estimate of $8 billion; (2) NASA estimated the cost of each known detailed wo...
Contracting Out: NASA Not Complying With OMB Circular A-76
NSIAD-86-15: Published: Nov 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1985.
GAO reviewed contract administration at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Lewis Research Center.GAO found that: (1) the Center contracted out functions for services without comparing the contract costs to in-house performance costs; and (2) NASA does not comply with the Office of Management and and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76, which requires agencies to perform such cost co...
Weather Satellite Costs Have Increased: Problems Have Occurred in Their Manufacturing Quality Control
RCED-86-28: Published: Oct 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) policies and practices for planning and procuring its weather satellites, including quality assurance practices and the reasons for the increasing weather satellite costs.GAO found that two problems occurred in the quality control of weather satellite manufacturing: (1) both polar orbitin...
Department of Defense's Space Laser Program Plan--Status and Issues
NSIAD-84-132: Published: Aug 9, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1984.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (D0D) Space Laser Program Plan to evaluate the plan's progress and potential.GAO found that: (1) the 6-year, $908.3 million effort presented in 1982 increased to 7 years and $1,558.3 million in 1983; and (2) DOD was not able to adequately monitor the plan's status because the management and funding structure is too diffuse to be effective. Further, no singl...
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...
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...