posted on Dec, 20 2014 @ 01:13 PM
Houston, we have a problem...even in the midst of a budget crunch, NASA has been issuing smartphones, tablets, and Air Cards (which provide roaming
access to the Internet from mobile computers) without keeping track of who has them or even if they are being used at all. Both federal employees and
contractors have received devices, under the guise of allowing to the “access [Agency] networks from anywhere at any time.” Over 2,000 devices –
14 percent of the total owned by the agency– went unused for at least 7 months from 2013-2014, found a report by the NASA Inspector General. The
estimated cost of the unused and lost devices is at least $97,000 every month. On top of that, “NASA does not have a complete and accurate inventory
of Agency- issued smartphones, tablets, cell phones, and Air Cards.” Top officials were even not sure the agency’s contractor – HP – “could
accurately account for the full inventory of mobile devices it provides to the Agency.” With NASA in the dark about what it should be paying for, it
has no way to verify the accuracy of its payments to HP. Cell phones are not the only equipment NASA has had trouble keeping track of in recent years.
On the agency’s list of hard- to-track items seem to be laptops, video tapes, and moon rocks. The bit about the moon rocks being missing is old
news. However, If they can not track these electronic devises how can they possibly handle a trillion dollar budget for 2015?