Mission Assurance Audits Evolution – Ensuring NRO Mission Success Mr. Dean Baker NRO/SED/MSE Chief, Mission Assurance Audits February 2012
NRO Enterprise Mission Assurance Audits
U.S. Government Oversight Authorities
3-phased approach to establish an NRO MA audits capability
Current and planned implementation activities
Develop an NRO enterprise-wide mission assurance supplier assessment and surveillance management capability for the NRO program offices to promote improvement in supply chain knowledge and management for reducing escapements, failures and anomalies.
(U) White House Memorandum President Obama
Moreover, it is essential that the Federal Government have the capacity to carry out robust and thorough management and oversight of its contracts in order to achieve programmatic goals…
Improved contract oversight could reduce such sums significantly.
Contractor oversight is imperative
(U) Blue Ribbon Commission President Reagan Recommended minimizing duplication of effort and data sharing associated with audits
Department of Defense Auditing and Oversight
Oversight of defense contractors must be better coordinated among DoD agencies and Congress. Guidelines must be developed to remove undesirable duplication of official effort and, when appropriate, to encourage sharing of contractor data by audit agencies. The new Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) should establish appropriate overall contract audit policy.
(U) Code of Federal Regulations Commerce and Foreign Trade Federal Law mandates coordination, participation and conduct of joint audits
Federal agencies should:
Coordinate its conformity assessment activities with those of other appropriate Government agencies and with those of the private sector to reduce unnecessary duplication (Sec 287.1(a))
Participate in efforts designed to improve coordination among governmental and private sector assessment activities (Sec 287.4(g))
Conduct joint supplier audits and share conformity assessment information among agencies (Sec 287.4(h))
Use the results of private sector or other governmental conformity assessment activities to schedule audits more effectively (allowing agencies to reduce the number and extent of audits conducted at companies which are performing in accordance with contract specifications and which are under review by a third party or another agency and to concentrate agency audit efforts on companies which have shown problems in conforming to contract specifications (Sec 287.4(e))
(U) Federal Acquisition Regulation Government authorized to conduct inspections Agencies shall ensure that- (a) Contracts include inspection and other quality requirements, including warranty clauses when appropriate, that are determined necessary to protect the Government's interest; (d) No contract precludes the Government from performing inspection ; . . .
(U) Interagency Cooperation for Mission Assurance MOU 3. Scope . This MOU and attached Mission Assurance Strategic Intent provide to SMC, NRO, MDA, and NASA the context and framework for collaboration efforts to work across a common industrial base to achieve mission success. 4. Roles and Responsibilities . Each organization will apply best effort to: a. Develop and share best practices. b. Share lessons learned. c. Consider health of the industrial base in space systems acquisitions. d. Participate in mission assurance fora Signatories NRO: Director Carlson signed 09/20/10 SMC: Lt Gen Sheridan signed 09/01/10 MDA: LTG O’Reilly signed 12/01/10 NASA: Mr. Bolden signed 02/02/11 NRO Audit Capability founded on this MOU
(U) Mission Assurance Instruction (CBPI 130-9) MA Audits mandated in NRO CBPI 130-9 MA audits are conducted after the program is on contract. MSE/MA provides auditors in coordination and in support of POs. They can be used by POs to ensure compliance and assess the effectiveness of a contractor’s overall internal policies, procedures, processes, organization, and personnel to assure that the product/service meets contractual requirements.
(U) MDA Quality, Safety and MA Audit Program SOP NRO Audit participation referenced in MDA’s SOP
6.10 Other Designated Government Activities and Support Contractors Designated representatives from other government activities (i.e., National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), AMRDEC, etc) and MDA/QS support contractors are responsible for:
Providing audit personnel to perform MDA/QS audits, including CAAs, upon request
Responding to other requests in support of the MDA/QS audit program
“ Research” Research Space Community Audits – Resources, Procedures, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
NRO MA Audit Perspective
Current NRO Mission Assurance Audit capability
Primarily reliant upon prime contractors to conduct audits
Program-specific ad hoc audits conducted/observed by program office
Limited interaction with rest of audit community
Periodic observation of DLA audits
Inefficient and limited data sharing throughout enterprise
Minimal enterprise-wide MA Audit capability
“ Collaborate” Space Community Best Practices and Lessons Learned – Joint Audit Collaboration Initiative
Collaboration Across the Community Space Community Defense Auditing PM Challenge Supply Chain Mgmt Forum JAPC QLF ORG ORG ORG 3 rd Party COMM SIGINT IMINT GED NRO AS&T SED MSE OCE JMAC SQIC MA Summit SIBC Outreach Integrated Audit Schedule & Data Joint Audits Training Data Analysis NRO Audit Elements ORG ORG ORG