Thursday, December 15, 2011

GAO: Thumbs Up for NASA CCDev

NASA uses "good acquisition practices" in its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, but is hindered by uncertain Congressional funding, a Government Accountability Office audit has concluded.

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According to the report:

NASA’s current funding level is almost 50 percent less than the funding level it anticipated when developing its acquisition approach. As a result, NASA’s ability to execute its approach as currently planned is unlikely. For example, if NASA cannot maintain more than one contractor for its next phase of commercial crew development, its prospects for competition for subsequent phases are weakened. Although private investment is anticipated, without government investment the market alone may not continue to grow and provide more than one contractor that would be able to compete for subsequent phases. As a result, NASA could become dependent on one contractor for providing crew transportation services to the space station, which increases the risk that the government will pay more than anticipated as few or no competitors will exist to help control market prices.

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