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NCJ Number: 67648 Find in a Library
Title: SELECTED CONTRACTS AWARDED BY NASA'S (NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION) GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER - REVIEW
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESULTS ARE REPORTED FROM A GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REVIEW OF SELECTED CONTRACTS AWARDED BY THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION'S (NASA) GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER.
Abstract: IN THE SURVEY OF CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AT THE GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, THREE SERVICE CONTRACTS OUT OF NINE REVIEWED WERE EITHER WRITTEN IMPROPERLY OR APPEARED TO LACK THE ESSENTIAL INTERNAL CONTROLS FOR MINIMIZING FRAUD AND ASSURING THAT CONTRACTED SERVICES WERE ACTUALLY PROVIDED. THE THREE INADEQUATE CONTRACTS WERE FOR PAINTING, OPERATION OF THE GODDARD HEALTH UNIT, AND COMPUTER SUPPORT. NASA'S PARTIAL PAYMENTS FOR THE PAINTING AND HEALTH UNIT CONTRACT APPEARED EXCESSIVE, AND THE INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER THE COMPUTER SUPPORT C CONTRACT NEEDED TO BE IMPROVED. BECAUSE THE PAINTING CONTRACT WAS WRITTEN AND ADMINISTERED SO POORLY, MEMBERS OF NASA'S INSPECTOR GENERAL STAFF WERE BRIEFED FOR INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE FRAUD. CERTAIN CHANGES ARE REQUIRED IN NASA'S PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS AND POLICIES CONCERNING FLOOR CHECKS AND THE USE OF COST-PLUS-AWARD-FEE CONTRACTS TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE OF THE PROBLEMS FOUND. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE OFFERED FOR EACH OF THE THREE INADEQUATE CONTRACTS. THE NASA ADMINISTRATOR SHOULD INSTRUCT THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS TO IMPLEMENT
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Government contracting; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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