Strategic planning (81 - 90 of 110 items)
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...
Space Shuttle: Further Improvements Needed in NASA's Modernization Efforts
GAO-04-203: Published: Jan 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2004.
The Columbia tragedy has accentuated the need to modernize the 20-year-old space shuttle, the only U.S. launch system that carries people to and from space. The shuttle will now be needed for another two decades. As it ages, the spacecraft's components will also age, and it may become increasingly unreliable. GAO examined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans to upgrade...
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...
Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition: Managing Competing Pressures Is Critical to Achieving Program Goals
GAO-03-1012T: Published: Jul 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2003.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a cooperative program between the Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. allies for developing and producing next generation fighter aircraft to replace aging inventories. As currently planned, the JSF program is DOD's most expensive aircraft program to date, costing an estimated $200 billion to procure about 2,600 aircraft and related support equipment. Many in DOD...
NASA: Major Management Challenges and Program Risks
GAO-03-849T: Published: Jun 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2003.
Since its inception, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has undertaken numerous programs that have greatly advanced scientific and technological knowledge. NASA's activities span a broad range of complex and technical endeavors. But the agency is at a critical juncture, and major management improvements are needed. In January of this year, we identified four challenges facing...
Human Capital Legislative Proposals to NASA's Fiscal Year 2003 Authorization Bill
GAO-03-264R: Published: Nov 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2002.
GAO reviewed several issues relating to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) workforce and management challenges. These issues are associated with NASA's proposed legislative provisions for additional flexibilities and authorities to help it address its human capital challenge. GAO found that agencies must ensure that their strategic human capital plans are results-oriented a...
Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Status, Plans, and Future Data Management Challenges
GAO-02-684T: Published: Jul 24, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2002.
This testimony discusses the planned National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). Today's polar-orbiting environmental satellite program is a complex infrastructure encompassing two satellite systems, supporting ground stations, and four central data processing centers that provide general weather information and specialized environmental products to a variety of us...
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Leadership and Systems Needed to Effect Financial Management Improvements
GAO-02-551T: Published: Mar 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2002.
In fiscal years 1996 to 2000, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was one of the few agencies that received an unqualified opinion on its financial statements and was in substantial compliance with the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA). This suggested that NASA could generate reliable information for annual external financial reporting and could provide accu...
NASA: Better Mechanisms Needed for Sharing Lessons Learned
GAO-02-195: Published: Jan 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2002.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses several mechanisms to capture and disseminate lessons learned. NASA has established an agency-wide Lessons Learned Information System that managers are required to review on an ongoing basis. NASA uses training, program reviews, and periodic revisions to agency policies and guidelines to communicate lessons learned. Several NASA centers...
NASA: Status of Plans for Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-02-184: Published: Nov 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2001.
GAO reviewed the following key outcomes in National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fiscal year 2002 performance plan: expanding scientific knowledge of the Earth's system, expanding the commercial development of space, and deploying and operating the International Space Station. GAO found that NASA has improved its fiscal year 2002 performance plan and responded to recommendations b...