Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability Review of Space Florida

January 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability has issued a research memorandum: Review of Space Florida, January 30, 2009:

Summary
As an extension of the House Economic Development and Community Affairs Policy Council’s interim project on the state’s commercial space industry, OPPAGA reviewed Space Florida’s progress in implementing the 2006 Space Florida Act, Ch. 331, Part II, Florida Statutes.

We concluded that Space Florida has met most of its statutory responsibilities for creating partnerships with other state and local entities to recruit and retain aerospace businesses in Florida. However, Space Florida needs to complete developing a spaceport master plan and improve its business plan by including specific measurable objectives, timelines for completing major activities, and performance measures for assessing the progress being made in achieving the plan’s goals and objectives. This would help Space Florida communicate its goals, objectives, and performance to the Legislature and other stakeholders.

The Legislature may wish to consider the following two options to ensure the cost-effective expenditure of state funds for spaceport development:

* amending Chapter 331, Part II, Florida Statutes, to establish deadlines for the completion of the spaceport master plan and other required plans; and

* prohibiting Space Florida, via proviso language in the Fiscal Year 2009-10 General Appropriations Act, from expending unencumbered spaceport development funds until it has developed a spaceport master plan.

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