Keith's note: NASA Administrator Senator Bill Nelson gave an Artemis update today. Everything is delayed and it will cost billions more than it was going to cost yesterday. Surprise.
Mostly Nelson blamed lack of NASA progress on Artemis on unrealistic schedules set by the Trump Administration (2024 etc.); the Blue Origin lawsuits; Congressional meddling; and of course COVID. And, for good measure Nelson threw in a Chinese threat he has been creating out of thin air saying that China may be landing humans on the Moon sooner than expected - without a single reference to substantiate his claim.
At no point did Nelson or anyone else from NASA accept any blame for things being years late and billions over budget either by NASA or its contractors. Instead there was a lot of happy talk from people reading words that someone else wrote in a monotone, disinterested tone of voice - not exactly the best way to inspire confidence among NASA employees and all of those stakeholder types that they "get it" at NASA.
The solution is to split HEOMD into two new directorates since that will make everyone more efficient and happier. And NASA will somehow consolidate all SLS ...