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 – December 13, 2017

News Pentagon unleashes 2,400 auditors for unprecedented financial review – After decades of false starts, the Defense Department aims to issue its first audit report in November 2018.   Court refuses Trump request to delay Jan. 1 transgender enlistments – A federal court has knocked down the Trump administration’s latest request to delay any transgender...
 
 

News Briefs – December 13, 2017

Military fails to disclose criminal convictions to FBI A recent lapse by the U.S. Army to disclose a Texas veteran’s criminal record to the FBI is the latest example of the military failing to document criminal convictions, according to a newspaper’s review. Former Army 1st Sgt. Gregory McQueen pleaded guilty two years ago to more...
 
 
NG-army

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Army successfully demonstrate multi-domain, joint air, missile defense

The Northrop Grumman-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, the foundation of the U.S. Army IAMD, has successfully demonstrated extraordinary capabilities for improving joint force operational effec...