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News Archive / Tagged: GAO

  • GAO: Even with production resumed, NASA plutonium supply at risk

    Bart LeahyOctober 15th, 2017

    Some of NASA’s most accomplished deep-space missions—including Voyager, Cassini, and Mars Science Laboratory—have relied on radioactive plutonium-238 for onboard power and heat. However, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report states that despite efforts to restart domestic plutonium production, NASA is in danger of not having enough of the radioactive material for future missions by the mid-2020s.

  • Challenges for Orion and SLS: an interview with GAO director Cristina Chaplain

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 22nd, 2014

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO ) is the auditing, evaluation, and investigative arm of Congress, which exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability of the federal government. On Dec. 10 the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on […]

  • JWST facing increased schedule risk with significant work remaining

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 18th, 2014

    With just under 4 years until its planned launch in October 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project reports it remains on schedule and budget. However, technical challenges with JWST elements and major subsystems, have diminished the project’s overall schedule reserve and increased risk, says a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

  • GAO’s pace to space

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 19th, 2014

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO ) has made space news headlines a couple of times recently. The office released a report in July that warned of cost and schedule risks to NASA’s newly-designed Space Launch System (SLS ). That wasn’t the first time this year when NASA received criticism from GAO. In May, the […]