NASA surveillance for contractor performance Conference

Schmahl, KE, Dale, RA. (2001). NASA surveillance for contractor performance . 194-202.

cited authors

  • Schmahl, KE; Dale, RA



  • The use of performance-based contracting at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has necessitated a shift from intrusive oversight of contractor activities to an insight surveillance role. This paper describes the results of a pilot implementation of the NASA Quality Surveillance System (NQSS) in the Space Shuttle Main Engines Processing Facility. The NQSS is a system to sample contractor activities using documented procedures, specifications, drawings and observations of work in progress to answer the question "Is the contractor doing what they said they would do?" The concepts of the NQSS are shown to be effective in providing assurance of contractor quality. Many of the concepts proven in the pilot are being considered for incorporation into an overall KSC Quality Surveillance System.

publication date

  • December 1, 2001

start page

  • 194

end page

  • 202