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The Centennial of Flight Commission (Commission) was created on November 13, 1998, by the Centennial of Flight Commemoration Act (Public Law 105-389, as amended by Public Law 106-68). The purpose of the Commission is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. The Commission is to provide recommendations and advice to the President, the Congress, and federal agencies on the most effective ways to encourage and promote national and international participation and sponsorships in commemoration of the centennial of powered flight. We are required by the act to audit the financial transactions of the Commission. This report presents the results of our audit of the Commission's fiscal year 2002 financial transactions, with cumulative information since the Commission's inception. We previously reported the results of our audits on Commission financial transactions for fiscal years 1999 and 2000, and 2001.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Centennial of Flight Commission 1. The Executive Director of the Commission should direct NASA to correctly record the Commission travel expenditure of $937 that was improperly coded and paid out of NASA's direct funds.
Closed - Implemented
NASA has correctly recorded a fiscal year 2002, Commission travel expenditure of $937 as a Commission expense instead of an expense from NASA direct funds.
Centennial of Flight Commission 2. The Executive Director of the Commission should strengthen internal controls over licensing agreements by monitoring the timely receipt of fees in accordance with the agreements.
Closed - Implemented
The Commission has developed a spreadsheet that lists each licensing agreement, date signed, terms of the license, payments made, and the product that is licensed that has been kept up to date and checked regularly to ensure that the terms of the license are being met and payments are made in a timely manner.
Centennial of Flight Commission 3. The Executive Director of the Commission should collect licensing fees due the Commission since the beginning of the June 30, 2002, quarter, in accordance with licensing agreements.
Closed - Implemented
The Commission collected $2,000 due under licensing agreements for the first four quarters through March 31, 2003.

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