Final Memorandum, 'COVID-19 Impacts on NASA's Major Programs and Projects'   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "Although NASA managers include schedule margin in program and project plans to address unforeseen circumstances, in many instances the margins were not sufficient to absorb the impact of the pandemic--a public health emergency that continues to rage across the world. A top-line estimate of the cost for these delays and challenges across NASA is estimated to be nearly $3 billion. However, NASA will not be able to quantify the complete impact of the pandemic on its programs and projects until after the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] emergency has subsided. This memorandum presents a snapshot of the reported estimated impacts to 30 of the Agency's major programs and projects (defined as those with life-cycle costs of at least $250 million) at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2020. These major programs and projects accounted for approximately $1.6 billion of the estimated $3 billion total COVID impact reported by NASA. To quantify the impacts to these programs and projects, we reviewed (1) estimated COVID-19 related costs; (2) estimated COVID-19 related project life-cycle delays; and (3) COVID-19's impact on NASA's domestic and international program and project partners. We did not evaluate the Agency's compliance with congressional reporting requirements regarding cost growth and schedule delays."

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Inspector General, IG-21-016; A-20-010-00
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Oversight.gov: https://www.oversight.gov/
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