Strategic planning (41 - 50 of 51 items)
NASA's Deep Space Network: Current Management Structure Is Not Conducive to Effectively Matching Resources with Future Requirements
GAO-06-445: Published: Apr 27, 2006. Publicly Released: May 22, 2006.
The President's Vision for Space Exploration calls for human and robotic missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. In response, over the next two decades, NASA may spend $100 billion on new technologies and facilities that will require reliable ground communications to achieve those missions. Presently, that communications capability is provided by NASA's Deep Space Network--a system of antennas loc...
NASA: Implementing a Knowledge-Based Acquisition Framework Could Lead to Better Investment Decisions and Project Outcomes
GAO-06-218: Published: Dec 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2006.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to spend over $100 billion on capabilities and technologies to achieve the initial goals of the President's 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. In the past, NASA has had difficulty meeting cost, schedule, and performance objectives for some of its projects because it failed to adequately define project requirements and quantify resource...
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...
Space Shuttle: Status of NASA's Efforts to Address Workforce Issues Related to the Space Shuttle's Retirement
GAO-05-718T: Published: May 18, 2005. Publicly Released: May 18, 2005.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space shuttle program is key to implementing the President's vision for space exploration, which calls for completing the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) by the end of the decade. Currently, the space shuttle, which is to be retired after ISS assembly is completed, is the only launch system capable of transporting ISS com...
Space Shuttle: Actions Needed to Better Position NASA to Sustain Its Workforce Through Retirement
GAO-05-230: Published: Mar 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2005.
The President's vision for space exploration (Vision) directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to retire the space shuttle following completion of the International Space Station, planned for the end of the decade. The retirement process will last several years and impact thousands of critically skilled NASA civil service and contractor employees that support the program. K...
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...
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...
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...
Management Issues at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
T-NSIAD-91-48: Published: Aug 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1991.
GAO discussed management issues at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). GAO noted that: (1) in spite of its efforts, NASA still lacks a strategic planning process and has not issued a strategic plan for the entire agency and two of its four major program offices; (2) the decentralized nature of NASA operations emphasize its need for effective headquarters guidance, policies, s...
Civil Space: NASA's Strategic Planning Process
NSIAD-89-30BR: Published: Nov 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) strategic planning process to identify: (1) the NASA process for providing visibility and direction to the civil space program; and (2) opportunities for NASA to improve the process.GAO found that: (1) NASA had not fully implemented its strategic planning agency-wide; (2) although NASA h...