Cristina T. Chaplain

Ms. Chaplain recently retired from the U.S. Government Accountability Office after over 30 years of government service. Since 2005, she directed GAO’s reviews of space and missile defense programs for the Congress. She testified before the Congress more than 40 times on topics such as the new Space Force, the James Webb telescope, human spaceflight, the GPS system, acquisition challenges, and best practices. Prior to becoming a director at the GAO, Ms. Chaplain wrote reports on financial management, information technology, contracting, cyber security, among other issues.  She was a journalist who covered government finance before coming to the GAO.  Ms. Chaplain received a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University.  She is currently figuring out life after retirement.

Broadcast 3514 Cristina Chaplain

We welcomed Cristina Chaplain back to the program for a two segment 90 minute discussion regarding the GAO, space, DOD, national security, congress and other key relationships.  Ms Chaplain recently retired from her director position at the GAO so we got a good, accurate and reflective perspective on NASA, human spaceflight, launchers, public private partnerships, DOD and space plus much more.  We started our important discussion with our guest going over the official GAO relationship with Congress and the areas covered by her former division and expertise.

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