NASA Procurement:

Contract and Management Improvements at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NSIAD-95-40: Published: Dec 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.

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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 work, and number of contract deviations; (2) although NASA has not yet reviewed the reasonableness of paying the college tuition of JPL employees' dependents, it requested that the Defense Contract Audit Agency perform a comprehensive review of the JPL compensation package and the dependent tuition assistance benefit; (3) the success of the contractual and oversight changes at JPL will depend on effective implementation; and (4) NASA needs to better coordinate its audit resources to meet the demands of its oversight responsibilities.

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