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GAO
AccountabNlty
*
Integrity
*
Reliability
United
States
GovernmentAccountability
Office
Washington,
DC
20548
B-319488May
21,
2010
CongressionalRequesters
Subject:
NationaiAeronautics
and
SpaceAdministration—ConstellationProgram
andAppropriations
Restrictions,
Part
I
In
a
letterdated
March
12,
2010,
you
requested
informationandourviews
on
whether
the
National
Aeronauticsand
Space
Administration
(NASA)
complied
with
theImpoundmentControl
Act
and
with
restrictions
in
the
fiscal
year
2010
Explorationappropriationwhen
it
took
certainactionspertainingtotheConstellation
program.
The
Explorationappropriationbars
NASA
from
using
Exploration
fundsfor
“the
terminationorelimination
of
any
program,project,
oractivityof
thearchitecturefortheConstellation
program.”
In
addition,
it
bars
NASA
from
using
Exploration
fundsto
“createorinitiateanewprogram,
project
or
activity.”
You
also
asked
usfor
informationregardingtheplanningactivitiesof
NASA
staff
afterthePresidentreleased
hisfiscal
year
2011
budget
request.
This
letterresponds
to
yourrequestforinformationregardingthe
planningactivities
of
NASA
staff
and
whether
NASA
compliedwiththeExplorationappropriationprohibition
restricting
the
use
ofExplorationfunds
to“create
orinitiate
a
newprogram,
project
or
activity.”
We
will
respond
toyour
other
requests
in
a
separate
opinion.
After
gatheringandassessingtheinformationsurroundingtheConstellation
program,
it
is
our
view
that,
at
this
time,
NASA
hasnotviolatedtheExplorationappropriation’s
restriction
on
the
use
of
Explorationfundsto
“createorinitiate
a
newprogram,
project
or
activity.”Our
practice
whenrenderingdecisions
is
toobtainthe
viewsof
the
relevant
agency
toestablish
a
factual
record
andthe
agency’slegal
position
on
thesubject
matter
of
the
request.
GAO,
Procedures
and
Practices
for
LegalDecisions
and
Opinions,
GAO
06-1064SP
(Washington,
D.C.:
Sept.
2006),
available
at
www.gao.gov/legallresources.htrnl.
By
letter,
the
NASA
GeneralCounsel
supplied
NASA’s
legal
views
supporting
its
actions
related
totheConstellationprogram
aswellas
relevant
information.
Letter
from
General
Counsel,
NASA,
toAssistant
GeneralCounsel
forBudget
Issues,
GAO,
Apr.
26,
2010.
We
also
gatheredinformation
by
interviewing
NASA
staff,reviewing
internal
NASA
communicationsanddocuments,and
examining
documents
NASA
developedforthe
Office
ofManagement
and
Budget(0MB)
andthe
Office
ofScience
and
TechnologyPolicy
(OSTP).
 
BACKGROUND
The
primary
objectiveof
theConstellationprogram
is
to
develop
capabilities
to
transport
humans
to
Earth
orbit,
to
the
Moon,
and
back
to
Earth.
NASA,
Fiscal
Year
2010
BudgetEstimates,at
EXP-3,
available
at
www.nasa.gov/news/budget/FY2O1O.html
(lastvisited
May
15,
2010).
The
program
also
serves
as
a
stepping-stonetofuturehumanexploration
of
Mars
andother
destinations.
Id.
On
February
1,
2010,
thePresidentreleased
his
2011
budget
request,
which
proposed
thecancellation
ofConstellation
in
favor
of
thecreation
ofa
differentapproach
to
humanspace
exploration.
Budget
of
the
United
States
Government
for
Fiscal
Year
2011,
at
129-30,
available
at
www.oaccess.gov/usbudetJfv11/index.html
(lastvisited
May
15,
2010).
Prior
to
thereleaseof
the
President’s
2011
budget
request,Congress
enacted
the
fiscalyear
2010
Explorationappropriation,
which
appropriatedabout
$3.7
billion
for“exploration
researchanddevelopment
activities.”The
appropriation
made
the
fundsavailableuntil
September
30,
2011,
with
the
followinglimitation:
“Provided,
That
notwithstandingsection
505
of
this
Act,
none
of
the
funds
provided
herein
andfrom
prioryears
that
remainavailable
for
obligationduringfiscal
year
2010
shall
be
availablefor
theterminationorelimination
ofanyprogram,
project
or
activityof
thearchitecturefor
the
Constellationprogram
nor
shall
suchfundsbe
available
to
create
or
initiate
anewprogram,
project
or
activity,
unlesssuchprogramtermination,
elimination,creation,orinitiation
is
provided
in
subsequent
appropriations
Acts.”
Commerce,
Justice,
Science,
and
Related
Agencies
Appropriations
Act,
2010,
Pub.
L.
No.
111-117,
div.
B,
title
III,123
Stat.
3034,3113,
3142
(Dec.
16,
2009).
After
therelease
of
the
President’s
2011
budget
request,
0MB
and
OSTP
asked
NASA
to
study
ways
toimplement
the
Administration’s
spaceexploration
policies.
Accordingly,
theAssociateAdministrator
for
Exploration
on
February
5,
2010
sent
an
e-mail
announcing
that
hewas
“standingup
severalteams
tohelpwith
the
planning
effort.”
E-mail
from
AssociateAdministratorfor
Exploration,
NASA,
to
CenterDirector,
Johnson
SpaceCenter,
NASA,
et
aL,
Subject:
Teams
todevelop
near
term
plans
in
response
to
theFY20]]
President
BudgetRequest
for
ESMD,
Feb.
5,
2010.
The
e-mail
messagelistedthenames
ofeight
teamsand
a
leaderfor
each.
Id.
The
Associate
Administrator’s
e-mail
message
also
stated
that
an
additional,pre-existing
team
would
planfor
the
Human
Research
Program.’
Id.
NASA
refers
to
theseteams
as“studyteams.”
‘NASA
has
provided
uswith
information
on
the
activitiesof
eight
of
the
ninestudy
teams.
NASA
hasnotyetprovided
uswith
information
on
the
activities
of
the
Enhancing
InternationalParticipationstudy
team.
Page
2
B-319488
 
The
teams
worked
todevelop
preliminaryplans
and
budget
levels
toconduct
research
anddevelopment
in
various
technical
areas.
For
example,
the
Heavy
Lift
and
Propulsionteamstudied
engine
development
and
propulsionresearch,
while
the
Robotic
Precursor
teamconsideredtherobotic
missions
that
would
benecessary
as
precursors
tosubsequenthuman
missions.
Most
teamshad
a
written
charter
with
proposed
teammembers,
anoverview
of
the
team’s
tasks,and
a
roughschedule
for
the
team’s
work.Though
the
levelof
detail
in
the
writtencharters
varied,
most
charters
required
a
written
product
ora
presentation
to
0MBand,
sometimes,
to
OSTP.
Of
the
nine
team
leaders,
atleastsevenwerefrom
headquarters.
Eightof
the
nine
teamleadersandmostteammemberswereeither
GS-15
orSenior
Executive
Service
employees.
The
non-leadershipteammemberswerebasedatheadquarters
or
atvarious
NASA
Centers
nationwide.
NASA
paidheadquartersstaff
from
itsCrossAgency
SupportappropriationaccountandpaidCenterstaff
from
its
Explorationappropriationaccount.
Most
of
the
teamsaccomplishedthebulkof
their
work
during
a
4-
to
6-week
periodaftertheteamswereestablished
in
early
February
2010.
During
this
4-
to
6-week
period,
theteams
generally
metabout
oncea
week
in
person.
This
required
some
travel,as
teammemberswere
stationedthroughout
the
country.The
teams
also
held
other
meetings
in
person
or
by
telephone.
NASA
employees
performed
nearly
all
thework
of
the
teams;
the
teamsused
contractorstaff
only
foradministrativesupportfunctionssuch
as
note-takingat
meetings.Accordingto
NASA,
contractor
staff
did
notcarryout
any
of
the
substantiveworkof
the
study
teams.
Generally,
during
the
4-
to
6-week
period
duringwhich
eachstudyteam
wasespeciallyactive,
theteamleaders
spent
mostor
all
of
their
time
on
team
activities.Most
teammembers
spent
amajorityof
their
time
on
non-team
activities;
however,some
teammembers
did
spend
amajority
of
their
time
on
team
activities.
Most
of
thenon-leadershipteammemberscompleted
their
team
activities
in
addition
to
their
other
work
assignments.
One
teamleadertold
us
that,
in
general,
NASA
headquartersstaffare
involved
in
planning
activities
while
staffatthe
NASA
Centersimplement
programs.
Therefore,she
said,
her
studyteam
activities
were
aligned
with
her
usual
job
function,which
isplanning.One
team
wasa
successor
to
a
team
that
NASA
hadestablished
prior
tothereleaseofthe
President’s
2011
budget
request,and
anotherteam
hadalready
been
established
prior
totherelease
of
thebudget
request.Thesetwo
teamsbuiltuponpreviousefforts
as
theymettherequests
from
0MB
and
OSTP.
Thus,
thework
activitiesof
these
twoteams
did
not
change
substantially
in
ordertomeettherequests
from
0MB
and
OSTP.
2
One
teamleader
is
atthe
Johnson
Space
Center
in
Houston.
NASA
hasnot
yet
providedusthelocation
of
the
Enhancing
InternationalParticipation
team
leader.
hasnotyetprovided
us
the
pay
grade
of
the
Enhancing
InternationalParticipationteam
leader.
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3
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