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Accession Number PB2013-110576
Title Space: Defense and Civilian Agencies Request Significant Funding for Launch-Related Activities.
Publication Date Sep 2013
Media Count 22p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract In April 2013, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, requested that GAO provide short- and long-term assessments examining impediments to economical procurement of government launch vehicles and launch services. As an initial step in response to this request, GAO is providing detailed information about the amount and types of funding government agencies expect to allocate to launch-related activities and infrastructure from fiscal years 2014 through 2018. To conduct this work, GAO obtained and analyzed DOD and NASA top-level budget documentation (along with relevant funding from other government agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that use either DOD or NASA as the launch agent for their satellites) and aggregated the total amount of funding the agencies expect to require for launch-related activities from fiscal year 2014 through 2018. For purposes of comparison between defense and civilian budget account types, GAO grouped DOD as well as civilian launch-related funding requests into three budget categories: Procurement; RDT&E; and Other. The budget category designated as 'Other' includes DOD operations and maintenance, military construction, and military personnel, as well as NASA operations and support, construction of facilities, and civilian personnel. GAO discussed this methodology with DOD and NASA officials, who found it reasonable.
Keywords Budgets
Civilian personnel
Defense systems
Government agencies
Launch vehicles
Personnel management
Space technology

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
84 - Space Technology
70B - Management Practice
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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