Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NASA Top Management and Performance Challenges

It may a bit dry for your tastes, but you may wish to read through the NASA Top Management and Performance Challenges report written by NASA's Inspector General.

In determining whether to identify an issue as a top challenge, we consider the significance of the issue in relation to the Agency’s mission; its susceptibility to fraud, waste, and abuse; whether the underlying matter is systemic; and the Agency’s progress in addressing the challenge. To its credit, NASA has made a concerted effort over the past several years to improve its management practices and address weaknesses identified by the Agency, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and other oversight bodies. Nevertheless, significant challenges remain across all NASA programmatic and functional areas.

We believe the following issues constitute the top management and performance challenges currently facing the Agency:

• Future of U.S. Space Flight
• Acquisition and Project Management
• Infrastructure and Facilities Management
• Human Capital
• Information Technology Security
• Financial Management

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