By Paul Emanuelli

In its July 2017 decision in Global Aerospace Corporation, the GAO ordered a re-evaluation after finding that NASA failed to maintain proper records. As the GAO stated, “it is a fundamental principle of government accountability that an agency be able to produce a sufficient record to allow for a meaningful review where its procurement actions are challenged.” However, the GAO found that NASA’s contemporaneous evaluation records were “devoid of any analysis” in support of its contract award decisions and that “the record fails to demonstrate that the award recommendation and decision were reasonable.” It therefore ordered the reassessment with adequate documentation.