GAO was asked to review the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and provide information on (1) the audit and investigative coverage of NASA; (2) the NASA OIG's audit and investigative accomplishments; (3) the NASA OIG's budget and staffing levels, including staff attrition rates; and (4) the results of external reviews of the NASA OIG. GAO obtained information from NASA OIG reports, interviews, and documentation.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Other||In order to strengthen audit oversight and management of the NASA OIG, the NASA IG should include in strategic and annual planning, performance audits that address NASA's economy and efficiency with potential monetary savings and that the OIG work closely with an objective outside party to obtain external review and consultation in the strategic and annual planning processes.|
|Other||In order to strengthen audit oversight and management of the NASA OIG, the NASA IG should identify the causes of high employee turnover with the assistance of an objective expert, and determine actions needed as appropriate.|
|Integrity Committee of the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency||In order to resolve the matter regarding the appearance of independence of the NASA IG, the Integrity Committee should follow up regarding its investigative finding regarding the NASA IG's appearance of a lack of independence and make any recommendations needed.|