The Resource Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention

Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention

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Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention
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Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention
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eng
Summary
We are pleased to be here today to discuss our ongoing work on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space shuttle program. We are currently responding to the Committee's request to review NASA's plans for meeting current and future human capital needs. We plan to finalize our work and report on this issue in the coming months. As a result, my statement today presents our preliminary observations. NASA budget data shows that, since 1995, shuttle workforce levels have decreased from about 3,000 to about 1,800 full time equivalent employees NASA based its downsizing efforts on optimistic programmatic assumptions. For example, NASA believed it could reduce its workforce by consolidating contracts for flight, ground, and mission operations under a single private sector contract. In October 1996, NASA awarded this contract. Under the contract, NASA was to provide incentives to eliminate unnecessary work and would no longer be involved in day-to-day shuttle operations. However, because NASA was implementing a number of workforce reduction initiatives, NASA could not directly attribute specific reductions to the contract consolidation. Also, in 1994 NASA froze the shuttle design in the expectation that it would be replaced. NASA now expects to operate the shuttle for at least the next decade. As a consequence, it initiated an upgrade program. In addition, NASA's downsizing coincided with a decreased number of shuttle flights: eight flights in fiscal year 1997, but only four each in fiscal years 1998 and 1999. However, the number of flights is projected to increase substantially as the International Space Station assembly schedule accelerates. NASA plans nine flights in fiscal year 2001. NASA believes this will require more staff
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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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  • Management
  • Space shuttles
  • Budgets
  • Contracts
  • Reduction
  • Missions
  • Operation
  • Personnel
  • Work
  • Space flight
  • Attention
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Manned Spacecraft
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Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention
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Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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11 pages
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online
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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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Hein Online
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  • (OCoLC)227916848
  • (OCoLC)ocn227916848
Label
Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention
Publication
Note
Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
11 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227916848
  • (OCoLC)ocn227916848

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