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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) ability to produce status reports that provide sufficient and reliable cost, schedule, and performance information on major NASA projects.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 1. The Administrator, NASA, should examine the NASA process to develop project status reports (PSR) and establish the internal controls necessary to ensure that the project status reports using the new criteria are reliable.
Closed - Implemented
NASA agreed to examine the PSR process and establish internal controls necessary to ensure that PSR using new criteria are reliable. On February 14, 1990, NASA distributed guidance to program offices for developing PSR. NASA enclosed a copy of the GAO report that specifies the report format and instructions for its completion. In March 1990, NASA submitted 19 PSR reports.

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