U.S. Government Accountability Office Report | 2020

The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s report entitled “National Science Foundation: Cost and Schedule Performance of Major Facilities Construction Projects and Progress on Prior GAO Recommendations”


This report describes the cost and schedule performance of NSF’s ongoing major facilities projects and assesses the extent to which NSF addressed prior GAO recommendations related to its management of major facilities.


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that, since its previous March 2019 report, four major NSF construction projects had no increases in their authorized costs or schedules.


NSF implemented two of GAO’s six prior recommendations: revising policies for its major-project cost estimates and revising the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s schedule to better meet best practices. NSF has begun to address the remaining four recommendations on its project management practices. Read the full report for more detail.

April 21, 2020, Alexandria, VA.