Directs the Administrator to submit specified separate reports concerning:
(1) the International Space Station (ISS), including the operation of the ISS in the event that the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 is not amended;
(2) the use of the Space Shuttle before its retirement;
(3) the launch vehicle for the Crew Exploration vehicle;
(4) any heavy lift vehicle NASA intends to develop;
(5) lunar missions;
(6) Project Prometheus; and
(7) the cost increase for the James Webb Space Telescope. Prohibits the Administrator from entering into a development contract for the Crew Exploration Vehicle until at least 30 days after the Administrator has transmitted a report describing:
(1) the expected cost of such vehicle through FY2020;
(2) the expected budgets for each fiscal year through FY2020 for human space flight, aeronautics, space science, and earth science; and
(3) the extent to which such vehicle will allow for the escape of crew in an emergency.
Directs the Administrator to:
(1) develop a plan for updating NASA's space communications architecture for both low Earth orbital operations and deep space exploration so that it is capable of meeting NASA's needs over the next 20 years; and
(2) transmit a plan describing the activities that will be undertaken as part of the national awareness campaign required by a specified congressional report and the expected cost of such activities.
Requires the Administrator and the Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science to report on plans for a Joint Dark Energy Mission. Directs the Administrator to develop a transition plan for federal and contractor personnel engaged in the Space Shuttle program.
Requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to conduct a study to determine:
(1) if any NASA research and development programs are unnecessarily duplicating aspects of programs of other federal agencies; and
(2) if any such programs are neglecting any topics of national interest that are related to the mission of NASA. Directs the Administrator to transmit quarterly reports on the NASA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Prohibits NASA from contracting for the development phase of a major program unless the Administrator determines that certain risk management requirements are met.
Bars the Administrator from delegating such determination requirement, except in cases in which the Administrator has a conflict of interest.
Requires the Administrator to transmit annual reports on each major program for which NASA proposes to spend funds on, the first of which such reports shall include a baseline report.
Sets forth requirements for the notification and determination of:
(1) the development cost of a major program that is likely to exceed the estimate provided in the baseline report for the program by thresholds of 15% or more; or
(2) a program milestone that is likely to be delayed by six months or more.
Establishes, in addition, requirements for programs when costs will exceed the lower of 30% or $1 billlion.