Transportation safety (21 - 30 of 144 items)
Aviation Security: Terrorist Acts Illustrate Severe Weaknesses in Aviation Security
GAO-01-1166T: Published: Sep 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2001.
A safe and secure civil aviation system is critical to the nation's security, physical infrastructure, and economy. Billions of dollars and myriad programs and policies have been devoted to achieving such a system. Although it is not fully known at this time what actually occurred or what all the weaknesses in the nation's aviation security apparatus are that contributed to the horrendous events...
Air Traffic Control: Role of FAA's Modernization Program in Reducing Delays and Congestion
GAO-01-725T: Published: May 10, 2001. Publicly Released: May 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system and its relationship to other initiatives to address the escalating crises of insufficient capacity facing the aviation industry. Specifically, GAO reviews the (1) extent of the delay and congestion problems and the contribution of the ATC system to them, (2) prog...
Performance and Accountability: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation
GAO-01-443T: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2001.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces critical challenges in achieving its goals of ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and in making cost-effective investments in the nation's transportation infrastructure. Many of the challenges GAO identified at DOT are long-standing and will require sustained attention by the new administration and Congress. Although the Departm...
Computer Security: FAA Is Addressing Personnel Weaknesses, But Further Action Is Required
AIMD-00-169: Published: May 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to address personnel security issues, focusing on: (1) the factors that contributed to FAA's failure to adhere to the requirements of its personnel security program, which requires background searches--investigations or checks--of contractor employees commensurate with the risk level of the tasks...
National Airspace System: Persistent Problems in FAA's New Navigation System Highlight Need for Periodic Reevaluation
RCED/AIMD-00-130: Published: Jun 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new navigation system, focusing on whether: (1) the Department of Defense's (DOD) current Global Positioning System (GPS) or its planned improvements for GPS can meet FAA's navigation requirements; (2) the benefits of FAA's chosen approach to an augmented system outweigh the cost of this sy...
Aviation Security: Vulnerabilities Still Exist in the Aviation Security System
T-RCED/AIMD-00-142: Published: Apr 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the security of the nation's air transportation system, focusing on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to implement and improve security in two key areas: (1) air traffic control computer systems; and (2) airport passenger screening checkpoints.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work has identified security problems in both the air traffic...
Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges in Modernizing the Agency
T-RCED/AIMD-00-87: Published: Feb 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the challenges the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faces in continuing to provide for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic in U.S. airspace, focusing on the: (1) key areas that have hampered FAA's ability to achieve desired outcomes; (2) various proposals for restructuring FAA; and (3) next steps for FAA and Congress to tak...
Federal Aviation Administration: Issues Concerning the Reauthorization of Aviation Programs
T-RCED-99-68: Published: Jan 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the issues being considered in the proposed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) aviation programs, focusing on: (1) air traffic control modernization program; (2) efforts to make its computer systems ready for the year 2000; (3) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding; (4) aviation safety and secu...
Status Information: FAA's Year 2000 Business Continuity and Contingency Planning Efforts Are Ongoing
AIMD-99-40R: Published: Dec 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) year 2000 business continuity and contingency planning efforts for its air traffic control system.GAO noted that (1) to mitigate the risk of year 2000-induced failures, FAA's year 2000 program offices established a risk management team in 1998, with responsibility for business continuity and contingency p...
National Airspace System: FAA Has Implemented Some Free Flight Initiatives, but Challenges Remain
RCED-98-246: Published: Sep 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to implement free flight, including a planned operational demonstration formerly known as Flight 2000 and now called the Free Flight Operational Enhancement Program; and (2) views of the aviation community and FAA on the challenges that must be met to implement free flight in a...