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NASA's Standard Parts Program--Are the Objectives Being Accomplished?

PSAD-81-18: Published: Jan 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1981.

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A review of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) progress in implementing the Standard Parts Program and its efforts to consolidate procurements of electronic parts is presented. Interviews and examinations of records and information from questionnaires were examined as a basis for the review.

While there has been notable progress recently in planning for and implementing the program, improvements are needed in (1) monitoring and evaluating the program, (2) justifying the use of nonstandard parts, and (3) developing and implementing policies and procedures to help assure that maximum benefits are achieved from consolidated procurements of electronic parts.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Administrator of NASA should amend the contract with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to formally include it in the Standard Parts Program.

    Agency Affected: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  2. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Administrator of NASA should investigate, on a test basis, a NASA-directed consolidated procurement and stocking program for projects or developments where program or projectwide consolidated procurements are not feasible.

    Agency Affected: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  3. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Administrator of NASA should issue policy and implementing guidelines for program or projectwide consolidated procurement of electronic parts and establish the needed mechanism to monitor and evaluate the action of NASA's managers in achieving consolidated procurements.

    Agency Affected: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  4. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Administrator of NASA should have the annual effectiveness evaluations of the Standard Parts Program performed addressing the (1) compliance of the field centers with requirements to adequately justify the use of nonstandard parts; (2) development of a system for collecting standard and nonstandard parts usage data; (3) the degree of standardization being achieved on projects; and (4) the adequacy of funds devoted to the program.

    Agency Affected: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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