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NASA Office of Inspector General's Semiannual Report to Congress April 1 - September 30, 2015

Status Report From: NASA Office of Inspector General
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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As we head into December, the unfortunate pattern of the Federal Government beginning a new fiscal year without an approved budget has repeated itself with a continuing resolution funding NASA through the middle of the month. Failure to receive a full-year appropriation compounds the challenges facing Agency leaders in effectively managing NASA’s varied programs, perhaps most prominently its plans to transport astronauts to the International Space Station on commercial U.S. vehicles by late 2017. Given its importance, the Office of Inspector General initiated a follow-up audit this reporting period that will examine the status of the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

In July, I testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space about the challenges NASA faces in operating the International Space Station, particularly in light of the loss of three cargo resupply flights during the preceding 8 months. The Office of Inspector General has issued five reports related to this topic over the past 2 years, including reviews on NASA’s plans to extend Station operations until 2024 and the Agency’s contracts with private companies to fly cargo and crew to the Station. Most recently, we examined NASA’s response to the October 2014 launch failure of an Orbital Sciences Corporation cargo resupply flight and its impacts on Station operations.

Our Office of Investigations continues to pursue allegations involving misuse of NASA funds and misconduct by NASA employees, contractors, and grant recipients. During the past 6 months, the Office of Inspector General investigated matters involving contract and grant fraud, theft, cyber attacks, false statements, and ethical violations.

This Semiannual Report summarizes the NASA Office of Inspector General’s activities and accomplishments between April 1, 2015, and September 30, 2015. We hope you find it informative.

Paul K. Martin

Inspector General

November 27, 2015

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