ABSTRACT

NASA: Lessons from Ongoing Major Projects Could Improve Future Outcomes, Statement of W. William Russell, Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Space and Science, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 373KB]

From the Highlights: "Acquisition management has been a long-standing challenge at NASA. GAO [Government Accountability Office] first designated NASA's acquisition management as a high-risk area in 1990 in view of NASA's history of persistent cost growth and schedule slippage in the majority of its largest systems. While NASA's major projects are complex, specialized, and often groundbreaking, GAO has identified management weaknesses that have exacerbated the inherent technical and engineering risks the projects face. In 2005, NASA expanded its effort to partner with commercial companies by forming the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office. The public-private partnerships established by this program office represented a new way of doing business in the realm of human spaceflight. This statement reflects GAO's observations on lessons that NASA can apply to its management of its major projects as it seeks to leverage resources between the public and private sector to maximize federal return on program investments."

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GAO-22-105709
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2022-02-09
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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