NASA plans to put a man on Mars in the next 20 years and lob an asteroid into the moons orbit, a NASA administrator told a Senate panel. "Our architecture is designed for long-term human exploration of our solar system, including the goal of human missions to Mars," said NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier.
The National Institutes of Health and NASA are both embarking on digital outreach efforts – an interactive exhibit and a game, respectively – that they're designing with smartphones and tablets in mind.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for research and development. The Defense Department would receive the largest chunk, about $64.4 billion.
More than 2,000 mobile devices that NASA issued to its employees went unused during the final seven months of 2013, the agency's office of inspector general says. The unused devices cost NASA at least $679,000.
An attempt by NASA to centralize seat management and IT services with a private sector contractor has produced low customer satisfaction and a warning by agency auditors that it should re-assess the situation as the contract base period nears its end. NASA in December 2010 awarded HP Enterprise Services an end-user IT equipment and services contract worth up to $2.5 billion over four years, with two three year options.
Many major agencies are getting less than what they wanted for science and technology spending during the fiscal year.
One hundred federal projects, inlcuded space pizza, were included Tuesday in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) annual Wastebook that documents what he calls low-priority spending.
An independent review team chartered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urges the agency to immediately start development of a gap filler satellite to head off the high probability of a gap in polar-orbiting satellite data.
The White House announced Nov. 12 new commitments that add to its list of projects supported by the Obama Administration's $200 million big data initiative, which it launched in March 2012. Among the new collaborations is a partnership with big pharma manufacturers to help enhance clinicaltrials.gov and a partnership with Amazon Web Services to publicly host NASA Earth-observing data.
When it comes to agency information technology management the Office of Management and Budget can mandate things--but that doesn't mean that the agencies will do them.