IG audit slams NASA's software review process

NASA's software testing center has been reviewing only a portion of the agency's systems, exposing others to potential catastrophic failure, the space agency's inspector general has reported.

The agency plans to change its procedures so all agency project managers submit their software to the Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va.

'Independent verification and validation is a critical management control for minimizing the risk of software-related catastrophic mission failure,' according to the March 28 IG report (click to link to PDF).

IG auditors found that NASA did not provide a complete list of all applicable software projects to the test facility. 'Such a list would have enabled facility personnel to identify projects that had not yet been assessed to determine the need for IV&V,' the report said.

'NASA concurred with the intent of the recommendations and has initiated corrective actions,' the report noted. The agency plans to have the new process in place by the end of September.

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