The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report calling for NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to develop better methods for evaluating the research being done aboard the International Space Station National Laboratory.
GAO found that CASIS, which manages the laboratory for NASA, has yet to establish metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of the work done on the orbiting laboratory. The report, Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory, was submitted to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
“CASIS officials told GAO in July 2014 that setting measurable targets would be arbitrary because CASIS processes and metrics are still evolving,” the report concluded. “In January 2015, however, the Chairman of the CASIS Board of Directors told GAO that setting measurable targets is a priority for the board. CASIS, however, has yet to establish a date by which measurable targets will be developed.”