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NASA Lunar Programs: Improved Mission Guidance Needed as Artemis Complexity Grows

GAO-22-105323
Sep 08, 2022
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4 Open Recommendations
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure that the Chief Financial Officer, in coordination with the mission directorates, develops Artemis mission-level schedule management guidance. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator, in coordination with the relevant mission directorates, should ensure that NASA conducts a schedule risk analysis for the Artemis II mission as close as possible to completion of the Artemis I mission and update it as needed to incorporate schedule updates and new risks. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator, in coordination with the relevant mission directorates for Artemis III and later missions, should ensure that NASA develops guidance for division-level schedule collaboration including setting expectations for data sharing and the type(s) of data required. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure that the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer develops guidance that identifies a regular and recurring process for long-term Artemis workforce scenario planning to address future uncertainties, at least 5 years beyond the existing 5-year workforce plans. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

International Space Station: Opportunities Exist to Improve Communication with National Laboratory Users

GAO-22-105147
Jun 07, 2022
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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure the CEO of CASIS obtains input from the UAC regarding ISSNL resource allocation decisions. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure the CEO of CASIS works with the UAC to agree upon the types of data and information on past resource allocations that the UAC needs to support CASIS. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure the CEO of CASIS provides ISSNL users visibility into the entirety of CASIS's planned resource allocations, including the flight queue. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The NASA Administrator should ensure the CEO of CASIS establishes a timeframe for finalizing a succession plan for the UAC that allows current and new members' terms to overlap. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

U.S. Space Command: Air Force Should Develop Guidance for Strengthening Future Basing Decisions

GAO-22-106055
Jun 02, 2022
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment develops guidance for future strategic basing decisions that is consistent with GAO's Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) best practices, and determines the basing actions to which it should apply. (Recommendation 1)
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The Air Force neither agreed nor disagreed with this recommendation, and, as of June 14, 2022, it has not provided additional information on actions taken to implement it. We will update the status of this recommendation once we confirm what actions the department has taken.

Space Command and Control: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Annual Reporting

GAO-22-104685
Dec 22, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that the Department of the Air Force include additional contextual information in its annual reports related to significant changes from the previous report, such as the reasons for changes to short-term objectives. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of Defense (DOD) partially agreed with our recommendation. In December 2021, DOD said that the Department of the Air Force plans to include additional contextual information related to significant changes from the previous report, such as the reasons for changes to short-term objectives, in the next Space Command and Control (C2) program annual report. In April 2022, the Department of the Air Force provided its 2022 Space C2 annual report on program status. The report includes additional contextual information related to the status of ongoing, achieved, and deferred objectives, such as providing detailed definitions to allow decision makers to more accurately track the status of efforts. However, the report does not provide context related to changes made to certain top capabilities. We continue to believe this information would provide a more comprehensive picture on the status of the Space C2 program and the goals the program seeks to achieve.
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