Obstruction and Mismanagement Alleged at NASA

NASA’s budget history threatens its future
Orlando Sentinel

“NASA is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with an auditing company hired to review NASA contracts. The firm, Horn and Associates of Utah, says it has found millions of dollars in over payments but was unable to get a full picture of the problem because NASA refused to let it see all its records. In a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the firm cited one example in which a NASA employee at Johnson Space Center in Houston defended contractors, whom she called her ‘customers,’ and refused to go after some of the companies to refund the money that was overcharged.

“NASA disputes the claim and the incident at Johnson Space Center.

“Agency officials say they have improved financial controls — including forcing managers to better estimate costs. But the problem is so bad that the Congressional Budget Office estimated that NASA’s new moon rocket would go over budget by as much as $7 billion. CBO based its estimate on analysis of 72 other programs that blew their budget by an average of about 50 percent.”