Improved Reporting Needed on National Aeronautics and Space Administration Projects.

PSAD-77-54: Published: Jan 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1977.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) status reports provide Congress with information on cost, schedule, and technical aspects of NASA projects.

Changes in the content, preparation, and format of the reports are needed to make them more useful. These changes should help the committees and individual Members of Congress authorize and appropriate funds for major NASA systems.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Matter: The content of the status reports should be improved by: (1) describing how the project fits into broader NASA programs and how it contributes to meeting NASA's needs; (2) adding a section which describes outside participation in the projects and the status of interagency agreements and funding commitments; (3) providing an additional single figure showing total project costs; (4) providing information in the funding section showing the status of congressional authorizations, allotments, obligations, and expenditures compared to the project budget plan on a year-by-year basis; and (5) changing the name of the "Current Summary" section to "Progress, Problems, and Pending Decisions" and having it include any critical cost, schedule, or performance deadlines which have been or might be missed and a project's status in terms of cost, schedule, and performance. To improve the preparation and format of the status reports, NASA should prepare formal guidelines and procedures for preparing reports and prepare reports for each NASA project estimated to cost $25 million or more.


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