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Artificial Intelligence: Agencies Have Begun Implementation but Need to Complete Key Requirements

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should ensure that the agency updates its AI use case inventory to include all the required information, at minimum, and takes steps to ensure that the data in the inventory aligns with provided instructions. (Recommendation 34)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Artificial Intelligence: Agencies Have Begun Implementation but Need to Complete Key Requirements

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should ensure that the agency updates and approves the agency's plan to achieve consistency with EO 13960 section 5 for each AI application, to include retiring AI applications found to be developed or used in a manner that is not consistent with the order. (Recommendation 33)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Cybersecurity: Federal Agencies Made Progress, but Need to Fully Implement Incident Response Requirements

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should ensure that the agency fully implements all event logging requirements as directed by OMB guidance. (Recommendation 17)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Small Business Subcontracting: Some Contracting Officers Face Challenges Assessing Compliance with the Good Faith Standard

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should work with relevant contracting staff, such as small business specialists, to develop and implement just-in-time training for contracting officers related to good faith assessments. (Recommendation 9)
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Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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The Administrator of NASA should fully define and document the role of the senior agency official for privacy or other designated privacy official in reviewing and approving system categorizations, overseeing privacy control assessments, and reviewing authorization packages. (Recommendation 49)
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NASA stated that it agreed with our recommendation and was developing plans to address it. As of February 2023, NASA had provided evidence to demonstrate actions taken to implement this recommendation. We are following up with NASA to collect additional information and verify whether implementation has occurred.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of NASA should incorporate privacy into an organization-wide risk management strategy that includes a determination of risk tolerance. (Recommendation 48)
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NASA stated that it agreed with our recommendation and was developing plans to address it. As of February 2023, NASA had provided documentation of efforts taken to address this recommendation. We are following up with NASA to collect additional information and verify whether implementation has occurred.

NASA Lunar Programs: Improved Mission Guidance Needed as Artemis Complexity Grows

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator, in coordination with the relevant mission directorates, should ensure that NASA conducts a schedule risk analysis for the Artemis II mission as close as possible to completion of the Artemis I mission and update it as needed to incorporate schedule updates and new risks. (Recommendation 2)
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NASA agreed with this recommendation and recognized the importance of performing an Artemis II schedule risk analysis. NASA stated that it plans to complete a schedule risk analysis in late fall of 2023.

NASA Lunar Programs: Improved Mission Guidance Needed as Artemis Complexity Grows

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure that the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer develops guidance that identifies a regular and recurring process for long-term Artemis workforce scenario planning to address future uncertainties, at least 5 years beyond the existing 5-year workforce plans. (Recommendation 4)
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NASA agreed with this recommendation, noting that it plans to establish workforce planning guidance beyond the 5-year budget planning process. In July 2023, NASA stated that NASA Centers had developed annual workforce plans that implemented NASA guidance for long term planning. NASA is in the process of reviewing these plans and expects to release finalized plans no earlier than October 1, 2023.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure that the Chief Financial Officer, in coordination with the mission directorates, develops Artemis mission-level schedule management guidance. (Recommendation 1)
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NASA agreed with this recommendation. NASA stated that the Artemis Campaign Development Division developed a baseline Schedule Management Plan in July 2022. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer expects to complete actions that address our recommendation by August 2023.

Research Reliability: Federal Actions Needed to Promote Stronger Research Practices

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of NASA should take steps to collect information to determine whether current policies and requirements are adequate to achieve transparency by ensuring research results and data are findable, accessible, and usable, and implement programmatic or policy changes, if needed. (Recommendation 6)
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NASA partially concurred with this recommendation. On January 17, 2023 NASA stated that it is already engaged in two efforts that will accomplish the objective of this recommendation. First, NASA's Science Mission Directorate has initiated its Year of Open Science, whose goals include enhancing access to NASA-funded publications by applying the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) principles. Second, NASA is revising its Scientific Integrity policy with the aim of increasing transparency and accessibility of NASA-funded research.