Running out of other people’s money

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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Aviation Week has an article on NASA’s efforts to educate its civil service and contracted workforce.  Given that bureaucracies are rule-intensive environments and that NASA is a large bureaucracy, the findings are surprising (and a bit discouraging):

NASA pays too much for educational services

NASA does not seek best-value from the educational services it acquires

NASA doesn’t have pay-back commitments for the individuals taking the educational programs

NASA doesn’t set financial caps on the educational programs

Only a fraction of the educational services procured by NASA were examined.

Somehow, this sort of effort has become self-licking ice cream cones as opposed to the original intent of being stewards of taxpayer-provided resources.


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