The Transition “Change”

by nasaaave

But Before we begin both administrations come in with one common theme “Change”

Monday, September 29, 2008 – Barack Obama, We Need Change speech.

Donald Trump: Things have to change Right Now!

When George Bush left his office many NASA contracts ,and programs were in force. Contracts within NASA run on into each new administration for years. This happened when the Obama administration came into office and this will ring true for the Trump Administration.

A very good example of these zombie like programs:

“NASA’s Tower of Pork Protected by Politician ($44.5 million)
“The $350 million A-3 rocket testing tower completed this year at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi stands as 300-foot tall monument to NASA’s current state of affairs. Now that the tower is completed it has no purpose, but will continue to cost taxpayers.
The tower is ‘a relic of President George W. Bush’s Constellation program,’ that was intended to send astronauts “back to the moon and beyond” which was canceled by President Obama in 2010.”
Read More:
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/10/22/Tom-Coburn-picks-watching-grass-grow-synchronized-swimming-sea-monkeys-for-annual-Wastebook/6971414002694/

Mississippi’s ‘Tower of Pork’ costs taxpayers $352 million
This one will even zombie on into the Trump Administration according to the article.

“The tower, which was supported by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., with an amendment slipped into NASA’s budget in 2010, will cost the agency about $1.5 million to $1.75 million annually to maintain the structure. “

Both articles are based off
“U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., issues an annual report on federal government waste, the “Wastebook,” and NASA’s A-3 rocket test tower made the list of 100 “silly, unnecessary and low-budget” projects, which add up to $25 billion. “

None of the wastebook links work, so this one does.

http://showmethespending.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/wastebook2014.pdf

Also notable in this article is this report from the Inspector General

“But the “Tower of Pork” isn’t the only wasteful facility in the NASA inventory. According to a report by the NASA Inspector General’s office, the agency has identified 203 facilities the agency’s mission directorates had no use for after 2012.”

The IG report can be found:
https://oig.nasa.gov/audits/reports/FY13/IG-13-008.pdf

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