Space

November 18, 2016
 

NASA receives sixth consecutive clean audit opinion

NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its fiscal year 2016 financial statements, marking the sixth consecutive year of “clean” opinions.
The agency has released its fiscal 2016 Agency Financial Report, which provides details on its financial results and performance highlights.

The auditor’s unmodified opinion is that NASA’s financial statements fairly present the agency’s financial position and results of operations. An unmodified opinion is the highest audit opinion that may be received from an external auditor.

“This sixth consecutive ‘clean’ audit opinion reflects NASA’s continued commitment to excellence in financial management and effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” said NASA Chief Financial Officer David Radzanowski.

The AFR highlights NASA’s progress toward meeting its strategic goals, including significant achievements in research aboard the International Space Station, Earth science, technology development, aeronautics research and deep space exploration.

Fiscal 2016 saw the return of the first one-year mission crew from the International Space Station, a key step in preparing astronauts for future deep space missions, including journeys to an asteroid and Mars. Later in the fiscal year, NASA launched its Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, the first U.S. mission designed to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study.

NASA also reached a major milestone in the development of its next Mars rover, getting approval in July to proceed with final design and construction. The Mars 2020 rover will investigate a region of Mars where the ancient environment may have been favorable for microbial life, probing the Martian rocks for evidence of past life. Throughout its investigation, it will collect samples of soil and rock and cache them on the surface for potential return to Earth by a future mission.

NASA produces an Annual Performance Report (APR) that will include more details on these important accomplishments. The APR will be released in early 2017, concurrently with the president’s budget request for fiscal 2018.

For more information and to view the fiscal 2016 Agency Financial Report, visit https://www.nasa.gov/budget.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines – April 24, 2017

News Mattis in Afghanistan amid calls for troop increase – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan April 24 for meetings with top Afghan and American officials.   Carried away: Inside story of how the Carl Vinson’s canceled port visit sparked a global crisis – Over the course of 10 days, a series of...
 
 

News Briefs – April 24, 2017

U.S. carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanese destroyers An American aircraft carrier heading toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises Sunday with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea. Two Japanese destroyers joined the USS Carl Vinson and two other U.S. warships as they continued their journey north in the western Pacific Ocean, the...
 
 
NASA photograph

Record-breaking NASA astronaut sets new milestone for time in space

NASA photograph NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson signs a bulkhead on the International Space Station next to the Expedition 50 crew patch Five hundred thirty four days, 2 hours, 49 minutes and counting. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitso...