Accession Number : ADA292035

Title :   NASA Project Status Reports: Congressional Requirements Can Be Met, but Reliability Must Be Ensured.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA292035

Report Date : JAN 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : Funding requirements for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration %NA%4) are expected to rise dramatically in the l9OOs and could triple by the year 2()OO if some recently proposed initiatives such as a lunar outpost or a staffed Mars expedition are adopted. Contribut- ing substantially to these prospective increases are major existing and planned research and development projects. The current federal budget deficit environment adds to the challenge facing congressional deci- sionmakers in making increasingly difficult choices about what civil space projects will be undertaken and the pace at which they will be ft%nded. Reliable information on the cost and progress of NASA'S major projects can be a valuable resource for legislators when making budget allocation decisions - NASA s four principal oversight Committees requested GAO to assess NASA 5 ability to produce status reports that meet their requirements for reliable cost schedule and performance information on major NASA projects. As part of this request, GAO helped the Committees and NASA agree upon project status reporting criteria and reviewed NASA's current process for developing these reports in a reliable manner.

Descriptors :   *FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, *FEDERAL BUDGETS, DECISION MAKING, REPORTS, COST ESTIMATES, COSTS, RELIABILITY, SCHEDULING, ALLOCATIONS, RESOURCES, VALUE, BUDGETS, SPACE FLIGHT, CIVIL AFFAIRS, SPACE EXPLORATION.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE