Construction of Space Shuttle Facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base

B-183134: Published: Jun 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1977.

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GAO examined the reasonableness of the Department of Defense's (DOD's) estimated cost of the planned space shuttle facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, particularly from the standpoint of meeting total DOD space shuttle facilities requirements and providing for complete usable facilities.

Requirements for DOD facilities to support the Space Transportation System (STS) are not fully defined, and cost estimates are still being refined and validated. The lack of firm requirements and cost estimates is due to the dynamic nature of the program in that it is still changing in terms of operational concepts and anticipated levels of operation. The request for military construction funds does not include all costs necessary to provide completely functional facilities. Additional costs are included under the support equipment and the research, design, test, and evaluation appropriation codes.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: To get better visibility as to the total costs of DOD STS facilities, the Appropriations Committee of the House should require the Air Force to: identify all items necessary for the construction of completely usable and functional facilities that are not being funded under the military construction appropriation; and prepare a separate DD Form 1391 for each STS facility.


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