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GAO Progress Report on CASIS: Disappointing

By Keith Cowing
May 27, 2015
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GAO Progress Report on CASIS: Disappointing

International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory, GAO
“- CASIS, however, has not been able to fulfill its responsibility in the cooperative agreement to interact with the ISS National Laboratory Advisory Committee, which NASA was statutorily required to establish under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, because NASA has yet to staff the committee as required by the NASA Authorization Act of 2008. As a result, CASIS is not able to fulfill its responsibility in the cooperative agreement that requires it to coordinate with this committee and review any report or recommendations it originates.
– NASA and CASIS did not establish measurable targets for these performance metrics, and NASA’s annual assessment of CASIS was not documented.
– CASIS officials told GAO in July 2014 that setting measurable targets would be arbitrary because CASIS processes and metrics are still evolving. In January 2015, however, the Chairman of the CASIS Board of Directors told GAO that setting measurable targets is a priority for the board. CASIS, however, has yet to establish a date by which measurable targets will be developed. Using the established metrics, NASA is required by the cooperative agreement to perform an annual program review of CASIS’s performance.”

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