Letter from NASA Inspector General: Audit of NASA's Management of Space Act Agreements


National Aeronautics and
Space Administration
Office of Inspector General
Washington, DC 20546-0001
February 25,2013

TO:
Michael Wholley
General Counsel

Woodrow Whitlow
Associate Administrator for Mission Support Directorate

Michael F. O'Brien
Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations

FROM: Paul K. Martin
Inspector General

SUBJECT: Audit of NASA's Management of Space Act Agreements (Assignment NO. A-13-007-00)

The Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit evaluating NASA's management of its Space Act Agreements. Among the issues we intend to examine are: Whether NASA is accurately identifying its full costs for work performed under reimbursable agreements and properly billing partners;

Whether NASA is receiving fair and reasonable benefits from partners when it chooses to waive costs under partially reimbursable Agreements; NASA's process for monitoring export control laws when entering into Agreements with foreign entities.

We will also review internal controls as they relate to the overall objective. The primary audit location will be NASA Headquarters. Additional locations may be identified as our work progresses.

To facilitate this audit, please provide a point of contact to Ridge Bowman, Space Operations Director, Office of Audits, at 202-358-2103 or ridge.c.bowman@asa.gov, or to Michael Brant, the Project Manager for this audit, at 321-867-4923 or michael.t.brant@nasa.gov. We will schedule an entrance conference in the near future. We look forward to your cooperation with this audit. Please contact me, Assistant Inspector General for Audits Jim Morrison, or the audit team if you have any questions.

cc: NASA Advisory Council's Audit, Finance, and Analysis Committee

S. Pete Worden
Ames Research Center

David McBride
Dryden Flight Research Center

Ramon Lugo III
Glenn Research Center

Robert D. Strain
Goddard Space Flight Center

Charles Elachi
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ellen Ochoa
Johnson Space Center

Robert Cabana
Kennedy Space Center

Lesa B. Roe
Langley Research Center

Patrick Scheuerrnann
Marshall Space Flight Center

Richard Gilbrech
Stennis Space Center

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