The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the tenth largest Federal civilian agency in terms of IT spending in FY 2010, with a budget of $1.7 billion. NASA’s IT investments are focused on supporting the agency’s mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Major IT investments in FY 2010 include NASA High-End Computing Capability, JSC DA Mission Control Center Systems (MCCS), and JSC DA Space Station Training Facility (SSTF). In addition to working on improving investment management, it is working to streamline its IT operations and secure its communication and information assets.
In order to oversee the management of the government’s major IT investments, the Federal CIO developed a metric for each IT investment based on an evaluation by the agency CIO of whether the investment is likely to achieve its goals.