Department of Transportation (81 - 90 of 1,938 items)
Commercial Driver's Licensing: Federal Oversight of State Programs Could Be Improved
GAO-15-607: Published: Jul 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2015.
A majority of states (29 of 50) use both state testers, such as departments of motor vehicle sites, and third party testers to administer commercial driver's license (CDL) driving “skills” tests. Some of the states that use third party testers allow a wide range of training schools, motor carriers, and others to be testers, but other states are more restrictive. For example, some only allow mo...
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Steps Taken to Address Financial Management and Safety Recommendations, but Financial Management Internal Controls Need Strengthening
GAO-15-640R: Published: Jul 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2015.
The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) June 2014 financial management oversight review of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) identified material weaknesses and significant deficiencies in internal control, concluded that WMATA did not maintain effective internal control over its compliance with FTA’s financial management system requirements, and included 38 recommen...
Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT's Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards
GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Transportation Services (TRANServe) has included multiple internal control activities in the design of the TRANServe debit card program. These controls are intended to prevent federal employees from using their debit card for non-transit-related purchases, and as designed, would be expected to provide reasonable assurance that non-transit-related...
DOD Operational Testing: Oversight Has Resulted in Few Significant Disputes and Limited Program Cost and Schedule Increases
GAO-15-503: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015.
The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) provided oversight for 454 Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs from fiscal years 2010-2014. Military service officials identified 42 programs from that period that they believed had significant disputes with DOT&E over operational testing—that is, disputes that may have led to cost and schedule impacts for programs. Operational t...
Airport Finance: Information on Funding Sources and Planned Capital Development
GAO-15-306: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: May 20, 2015.
From 2009 through 2013, national system airports had available an average of $10 billion annually for capital development from the following funding sources:airport-generated net income ($3.8 billion),federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants ($3.3 billion),local passenger facility charges (PFC) ($1.8 billion),airport sponsor or owner capital contributions ($644 million), andstate grants ($...
Aviation Safety: Proposals to Enhance Aircraft Tracking and Flight Data Recovery May Aid Accident Investigation, but Challenges Remain
GAO-15-443: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: May 18, 2015.
The crash of Air France Flight 447 (AF447) off the coast of Brazil in June 2009 and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) in the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014 highlight several challenges authorities may face in locating aircraft in distress and recovering flight recorders. First, oceanic surveillance is limited, and an aircraft's position may not be precisely known. For...
Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns
GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015.
Economic factors, since 2007, have led to fewer scheduled commercial flights, a trend more pronounced for some types of airports. These economic factors include not just the volatile fuel prices and the 2007 to 2009 recession but also evolving airline practices, such as airline mergers and the adoption of business models that demonstrate capacity management. For example, as GAO reported in June 20...
Aviation Certification: Issues Related to Domestic and Foreign Approval of U.S. Aviation Products
GAO-15-550T: Published: Apr 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2015.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made progress in addressing the Certification Process and the Regulatory Consistency Committees' recommendations, but as GAO reported in January 2015, challenges remain that could affect successful implementation of FAA's planned actions.FAA is implementing 14 initiatives for addressing 6 certification process recommendations. According to an April 201...
Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen
GAO-15-370: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
As the agency transitions to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faces cybersecurity challenges in at least three areas: (1) protecting air-traffic control (ATC) information systems, (2) protecting aircraft avionics used to operate and guide aircraft, and (3) clarifying cybersecurity roles and responsibilities among multiple FAA office...
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Status of Test Sites and International Developments
GAO-15-486T: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2015.
Since becoming operational in 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites have conducted over 195 flights across five of the six test sites. These flights provide operations and safety data that FAA can use in support of integrating UAS into the national airspace. FAA has not provided funding to the test sites in support of research and development ac...