Congress: September 1996 Archives

September 6, 1996

The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin
National Aeronautics And Space Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20546

Dear Administrator Goldin:

We are writing once again to express our concern over NASA's plan to consolidate aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Center. Our specific concern relates to NASA's apparent insistence on proceeding with aircraft consolidation despite analysis showing consolidation to be neither cost effective nor programmatically sound.

As you know, on August 12 the office of the Inspector General released a final report on aircraft consolidation. The report estimates nonrecurring costs of $11.3 million and annual savings of $218,049, resulting in a payback of 52 years. Furthermore, the report estimates that NASA will never recover its financial investment if the cost of money (the discount rate) is factored into this analysis. Consequently, the report clearly recommends that "NASA should reevaluate its decision to implement the current aircraft consolidation plan because it is not cost effective."



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