Space exploration (31 - 40 of 40 items)
Space Station: Cost to Operate After Assembly is Uncertain
NSIAD-99-177: Published: Aug 6, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) estimate for the cost to operate the International Space Station after assembly is completed, focusing on: (1) whether any space station-related costs are not included in NASA's estimate; (2) the level of uncertainty in the cost estimate for operations, especially with regard to the potenti...
Space Station: Status of Efforts to Determine Commercial Potential
NSIAD-99-153R: Published: Jun 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether space-station-related commercial activities could generate revenue capable of reducing the station's annual cost of operations, which the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates will average $1.3 billion, or $13 billion over a 10-year mission life after the space station is fully assembled in 2004.GAO n...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
OCG-99-18: Published: Jan 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1999.
As part of its Performance and Accountability Series, GAO provided information on the major management challenges and program risks facing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).GAO noted that: (1) NASA's contract management function encompasses several processes, including financial management and oversight; (2) both of these processes require accurate and reliable information;...
Managing for Results: Observations on NASA's Fiscal Year 1999 Performance Plan
NSIAD-98-181: Published: Jun 5, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) performance plan for fiscal year (FY) 1999, focusing on: (1) NASA's goals and objectives, including how the agency plans to measure its progress toward achieving these goals and objectives; (2) the agency's strategies and resources needed to achieve its goals; and (3) the availability and r...
Results Act: Observations on NASA's May 1997 Draft Strategic Plan
NSIAD-97-205R: Published: Jul 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1997.
GAO reviewed the draft strategic plan submitted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as required by the Government Performance and Results Act.GAO noted that: (1) to its credit, NASA has been actively pursuing a strategic planning process since 1992, before enactment of the Results Act; (2) of the six elements required by the act, four are included in the draft strategic pla...
NASA: Major Management Challenges
T-NSIAD-97-178: Published: Jul 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1997.
GAO discussed the major management challenges currently facing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), focusing on: (1) the NASA programs and activities GAO sees as priorities for possible congressional action and oversight; and (2) how the Government Performance and Results Act could help in addressing the major management challenges that NASA faces.GAO noted that: (1) NASA has...
Earth Observing System: Cost and Research Issues
T-NSIAD-96-116: Published: Mar 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Air and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS). GAO found that: (1) the projected total life-cycle cost of EOS from fiscal year 1991 to 2022 is $33 billion; (2) these costs include costs for satellites, launch services, data systems, science research, facility construction, and civil service personnel; (3) in order...
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...
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...