Transportation safety (21 - 30 of 110 items)
Information Security: Progress Made, but Federal Aviation Administration Needs to Improve Controls over Air Traffic Control Systems
GAO-05-712: Published: Aug 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2005.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) performs critical functions that contribute to ensuring safe, orderly, and efficient air travel in the national airspace system. To that end, it operates and relies extensively on an array of interconnected automated information systems and networks that comprise the nation's air traffic control systems. These systems provide information to air traffic con...
Aviation Safety: Oversight of Foreign Code-Share Safety Program Should Be Strengthened
GAO-05-930: Published: Aug 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2005.
U.S. airlines are increasingly relying on code-share partnerships with foreign carriers to provide additional sources of revenue. Code-sharing is a marketing arrangement in which an airline places its designator code on a flight operated by another airline and sells and issues tickets for that flight. To determine whether the foreign code-share partners of U.S. airlines meet an acceptable level of...
Aviation Security: Efforts to Measure Effectiveness and Address Challenges
GAO-04-232T: Published: Nov 5, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2003.
It has been 2 years since the attacks of September 11,2001, exposed vulnerabilities in the nation's aviation system. Since then, billions of dollars have been spent on a wide range of initiatives designed to enhance the security of commercial aviation. However, vulnerabilities in aviation security continue to exist. As a result, questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of established...
Aviation Security: Progress Since September 11, 2001, and the Challenges Ahead
GAO-03-1150T: Published: Sep 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2003.
In the 2 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the security of our nation's civil aviation system has assumed renewed urgency, and efforts to strengthen aviation security have received a great deal of congressional attention. On November 19, 2001, the Congress enacted the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), which created the Transportation Security Administration (T...
Aviation Safety: Undeclared Air Shipments of Dangerous Goods and DOT's Enforcement Approach
GAO-03-22: Published: Jan 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2003.
When shipments of dangerous goods (hazardous chemical substances that could endanger public safety or the environment, such as flammable liquids or radioactive materials) are not properly packaged and labeled for air transport, they can pose significant threats because there is little room for error when something goes wrong in flight. To better understand the risks posed by improper ("undeclared"...
National Airspace System: FAA's Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain
GAO-02-710: Published: Jul 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2002.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides air-ground voice and data communications for pilots and air traffic controllers to safely coordinate all flight operations, ground movement of aircraft at airports, and in-flight separation distances between aircraft. However, the anticipated growth in air traffic, coupled with FAA's efforts to reduce air traffic delays and introduce new air traff...
Aviation Rulemaking: Incomplete Implementation Impaired FAA's Reform Efforts
GAO-01-950T: Published: Jul 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2001.
This testimony discusses the results of GAO's review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) rulemaking process and ways to improve its efficiency. GAO found that the time FAA took to formally initiate a rule in response to a congressional mandate or a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation varied widely. Between fiscal year 1995 and fiscal year 2000, FAA initiated most such ru...
Aviation Security: Additional Controls Needed to Address Weaknesses in Carriage of Weapons Regulations
RCED-00-181: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
GAO provided information on aviation security, focusing on: (1) the frequency with which law enforcement officers carry weapons on board commercial aircraft; and (2) if weapons carriage regulations, both current and proposed, are sufficient to ensure the safety of passengers and the security of the aircraft.GAO noted that: (1) the number of law enforcement officers who fly while armed is unknown b...
Aviation Safety: Safer Skies Initiative Has Taken Initial Steps to Reduce Accident Rates by 2007
RCED-00-111: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Safer Skies Initiative, focusing on: (1) to what extent addressing the safety problems to be addressed by the initiative will help reduce the fatal accident rate; (2) what progress the initiative has made in identifying and implementing interventions to address each of these safety problems; (3) what prog...
Essential Air Service: Changes in Subsidy Levels, Air Carrier Costs, and Passenger Traffic
RCED-00-34: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: May 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Essential Air Service (EAS) program, focusing on: (1) how DOT applied criteria to establish which communities would receive subsidized air service; (2) changes in the level of subsidies provided to EAS-eligible communities in fiscal year 1999 relative to that provided in 1995; (3) why the level of subsidies...