Chairwomen Johnson and Horn Comment on Independent Review of Space Station National Laboratory R&D Management

Press Release From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Earlier this week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the results of an evaluation of the not-for-profit entity that manages non-NASA research and development (R&D) on the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). Along with it, NASA released their planned actions in response to the review. The report of was conducted by an independent review team (IRT).

"I appreciate the independent review team's diligent work on this important review," said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). "Congress has a long record of providing direction on the ISS National Laboratory to ensure it is effectively utilized. I will be closely reviewing the results of the report and NASA's response to it, but the report findings suggest we have more work to do."  

"We face important decisions about the future of the ISS and its research and development activities in low Earth orbit," said Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairwoman Kendra Horn (D-OK). "The IRT's report raises questions about CASIS's and its role in that future. I look forward to reviewing the IRT report as we work to ensure that NASA and the nation have an effective path forward for sustaining low Earth orbit research."

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