(a)Definitions.—In this section:
The term “development” means the phase of a program following the formulation phase and beginning with the approval to proceed to implementation, as defined in the Administration’s Procedural Requirements 7120.5c, dated March 22, 2005.
The term “development cost” means the total of all costs, including construction of facilities and civil servant costs, from the period beginning with the approval to proceed to implementation through the achievement of operational readiness, without regard to funding source or management control, for the life of the program.
The term “life-cycle cost” means the total of the direct, indirect, recurring, and nonrecurring costs, including the construction of facilities and civil servant costs, and other related expenses incurred or estimated to be incurred in the design, development, verification, production, operation, maintenance, support, and retirement of a program over its planned lifespan, without regard to funding source or management control.
The term “major program” means an activity approved to proceed to implementation that has an estimated life-cycle cost of more than $250,000,000.
(b) Conditions for Development.—
(1)In general.—The Administration shall not enter into a contract for the development of a major program unless the Administrator determines that—
the technical, cost, and schedule risks of the program are clearly identified and the program has developed a plan to manage those risks;
the technologies required for the program have been demonstrated in a relevant laboratory or test environment; and
the program complies with all relevant policies, regulations, and directives of the Administration.
The Administrator shall transmit a report describing the basis for the determination required under paragraph (1) to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate at least 30 days before entering into a contract for development under a major program.
The Administrator may not delegate the determination requirement under this subsection, except in cases in which the Administrator has a conflict of interest.
(c) Major Program Annual Reports.—
Annually, at the same time as the President’s annual budget submission to Congress, the Administrator shall transmit to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that includes the information required by this section for each major program for which the Administration proposes to expend funds in the subsequent fiscal year. Reports under this paragraph shall be known as Major Program Annual Reports.
(2)Baseline report.—The first Major Program Annual Report for each major program shall include a Baseline Report that shall, at a minimum, include—
the purposes of the program and key technical characteristics necessary to fulfill those purposes;
an estimate of the life-cycle cost for the program, with a detailed breakout of the development cost, program reserves, and an estimate of the annual costs until development is completed;
the schedule for development, including key program milestones;
the plan for mitigating technical, cost, and schedule risks identified in accordance with subsection (b)(1)(A); and
the name of the person responsible for making notifications under subsection (d), who shall be an individual whose primary responsibility is overseeing the program.
For major programs for which a Baseline Report has been submitted, each subsequent Major Program Annual Report shall describe any changes to the information that had been provided in the Baseline Report, and the reasons for those changes.
(1)Requirement.—The individual identified under subsection (c)(2)(E) shall immediately notify the Administrator any time that individual has reasonable cause to believe that, for the major program for which he or she is responsible—
the development cost of the program is likely to exceed the estimate provided in the Baseline Report of the program by 15 percent or more; or
a milestone of the program is likely to be delayed by 6 months or more from the date provided for it in the Baseline Report of the program.
Not later than 30 days after the notification required under paragraph (1), the individual identified under subsection (c)(2)(E) shall transmit to the Administrator a written notification explaining the reasons for the change in the cost or milestone of the program for which notification was provided under paragraph (1).
(3)Notification of congress.—
Not later than 15 days after the Administrator receives a written notification under paragraph (2), the Administrator shall transmit the notification to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate.
(f)Thirty Percent Threshold.—
If the Administrator determines under subsection (e) that the development cost of a program will exceed the estimate provided in the Baseline Report of the program by more than 30 percent, then, beginning 18 months after the date the Administrator transmits a report under subsection (e)(1)(A), the Administrator shall not expend any additional funds on the program, other than termination costs, unless Congress has subsequently authorized continuation of the program by law. An appropriation for the specific program enacted subsequent to a report being transmitted shall be considered an authorization for purposes of this subsection. If the program is continued, the Administrator shall submit a new Baseline Report for the program no later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the Act under which Congress has authorized continuation of the program.