House Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Appropriations for NASA Termination Liability Costs

February 19, 2014

House Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Appropriations for NASA Termination Liability Costs

On December 2, 2013, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), along with 15 co-sponsors, introduced a bill prohibiting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as associated prime contractors, from reserving appropriated funds for potential termination for convenience liability costs (H.R. 3625). This is a companion bill to H.R. 2687 (7/15/2013). If passed, the bill would prohibit the NASA administrator from terminating a prime contract on a covered program unless that termination is authorized by law, and would require the NASA administrator to notify the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology prior to terminating any prime contract on a covered program for cause. Additionally, the bill would allow for the NASA administrator to request additional appropriations from Congress when there are insufficient unobligated funds to cover termination liability costs. The bill was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and was subsequently ordered to be reported by voice vote. 






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