Research and development (31 - 40 of 101 items)
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
GAO-03-114: Published: Jan 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2003.
In its 2001 performance and accountability report on NASA, GAO identified important management, oversight, and workforce issues facing the agency. The information GAO presents in this report is intended to help sustain congressional attention and an agency focus on continuing to make progress in addressing these challenges--and others that have arisen since 2001--and ultimately overcoming them. Th...
Aerospace Testing: Promise of Closer NASA/DOD Cooperation Remains Largely Unfulfilled
NSIAD-98-52: Published: Mar 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1998.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) cooperation in developing a national perspective on aerospace test facilities, focusing on: (1) the extent to which NASA/DOD working groups on major test facilities have been operating on a regular basis; (2) NASA's and DOD's actions in response to a future need to test an engine for new Air F...
Best Practices: Elements Critical to Successfully Reducing Unneeded RDT&E Infrastructure
NSIAD/RCED-98-23: Published: Jan 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a number of issues related to the federal government's research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) infrastructure, focusing on: (1) the condition of the existing infrastructure; (2) the approaches used by organizations outside of the federal government to realign RDT&E infrastructure; and (3) a comparison of those approaches to federal agen...
NASA: Interest Earned on Letter of Credit Funds
NSIAD-97-241R: Published: Aug 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1997.
As part of its ongoing work on budget issues, GAO assisted in resolving a disagreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).GAO noted that: (1) Caltech, a nonprofit private university, operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA under a 5-year cost-type research and development contract with an annual value of abo...
Federally Funded R&D Centers: Issues Relating to the Management of DOD-Sponsored Centers
NSIAD-96-112: Published: Aug 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1996.
GAO reviewed issues that merit closer attention as Congress and the Department of Defense (DOD) seek to resolve concerns relating to DOD management and use of federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC).GAO found that: (1) on the basis of its work as well as studies done by others, it identified four issues it believes merit attention as Congress and DOD work to resolve concerns rela...
Federally Funded R&D Centers: Observations on DOD Actions To Improve Management
T-NSIAD-96-117: Published: Mar 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to improve the management of its federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC), focusing on the: (1) guidelines to ensure that management fees paid to FFRDC are justified; (2) core work appropriate for FFRDC; (3) criteria for the acceptance of work outside of the core by FFRDC parent corporations; and (4) establishment of an indep...
Weather Service Modernization: Despite Progress, Significant Problems and Risks Remain
T-AIMD-95-87: Published: Feb 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1995.
GAO discussed the National Weather Service's (NWS) modernization program, focusing on NWS plans to: (1) streamline and improve operations; and (2) downsize its organization. GAO noted that: (1) NWS is modernizing its operations through advanced computer technologies; (2) this plan involves the modernization of several different systems; (3) NWS modernization has been delayed due to the lack of an...
NASA Procurement: Contract and Management Improvements at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NSIAD-95-40: Published: Dec 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the contract between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the operation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and analyzed modifications to it.GAO found that: (1) NASA has improved the JPL contract in several areas including award fee, selected cost controls, scope of w...
Space Station: Impact of the Expanded Russian Role on Funding and Research
NSIAD-94-220: Published: Jun 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether Russian participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space station program will: (1) reduce costs; and (2) increase the space station's research capabilities.GAO found that: (1) the overall impact of expanded Russian involvement in the space station program will not be known for several months; (2) much of the...
Asian Aeronautics: Technology Acquisition Drives Industry Development
NSIAD-94-140: Published: May 4, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the aeronautics research and development (R&D) activities of Japan, China, Indonesia, and Taiwan, focusing on the: (1) approaches these nations use to develop their aeronautics industries; (2) level of aeronautics development each country has achieved; and (3) implications of this development for the U.S. aeronautics industry.GAO found that: (1) th...