Regulatory agencies (31 - 40 of 49 items)
Security at Nation's Highest Risk Airports
T-RCED-88-14: Published: Dec 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Program to determine the effectiveness of its passenger screening process at airports with the highest security risk. GAO found that: (1) since the security measures at most airports are interrelated, if one measure fails, another measure is in place to support the failed measu...
Privatization of Federal Aviation Administration Functions
T-RCED-88-11: Published: Dec 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1987.
GAO discussed a proposal to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) functions and responsibilities. GAO noted that, although FAA faces numerous problems and deficiencies in its operations, it has taken constructive measures to correct the problems. GAO believes that: (1) privatization of FAA functions would not solve the fundamental problems facing FAA; (2) any shifts in responsibili...
FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing and Related Issues
T-RCED-87-42: Published: Jul 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to rebuild its air traffic controller and maintenance technician work forces. GAO found that: (1) FAA has fewer air traffic controllers handling considerably more traffic than it did before the strike; (2) FAA has met the congressionally mandated controller work-force level of 15,000; (3) although the FAA fiscal year 1988 appropriat...
Hazardous Weather Detection and Warning Systems
T-RCED-87-38: Published: Jun 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) development of wind shear and hazardous weather detection and warning systems for major airports. GAO found that: (1) the existing aviation weather detection system is inadequate and slow in communicating weather information to pilots; (2) FAA is developing three new ground-based wind shear detection systems, but they all have detection lim...
Aviation Security: FAA Preboard Passenger Screening Test Results
RCED-87-125FS: Published: Apr 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Program, to determine whether the screening process identified weapons, explosives, or other dangerous test objects.GAO found that: (1) of the 2,419 times that FAA tested the passenger screening process at major airports, 1,923 screenings, or 80 percent, correctly identified da...
Aviation Safety: Needed Improvements in FAA's Airline Inspection Program Are Underway
RCED-87-62: Published: May 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA): (1) ability to maintain airline safety standards in a deregulated environment; and (2) actions to correct weaknesses in its inspection program.GAO found that FAA: (1) did not develop a system for monitoring deregulation's impact; (2) decreased its inspection force by 250 between 1981 and 1983, althoug...
FAA Work Force Issues
T-RCED-87-25: Published: May 7, 1987. Publicly Released: May 7, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) human resource utilization, focusing on FAA controller, inspector, and airway facilities maintenance work forces. GAO noted that: (1) although planned productivity improvements have not yet materialized, FAA is controlling more air traffic with fewer controllers than it did before the 1981 controllers' strike; (2) FAA maintains that there w...
T-RCED-87-1: Published: Jan 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1987.
GAO discussed U.S. aviation safety and noted that: (1) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines have done a good job of fulfilling their safety roles; (2) FAA uses near mid-air collisions and operational errors to measure the safety of the air traffic control system, but has no method for measuring the safety of airline operation and maintenance; and (3) FAA could use the frequen...
FAA's Role in Developing a Mid-Air Collision-Avoidance System
131086: Sep 25, 1986
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) role in developing a viable mid-air collision avoidance system. FAA recently announced that it would require the use of its Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) on all commercial aircraft, possibly by 1990. GAO noted that: (1) FAA chose an early version of TCAS for further development over other prototype systems because it c...
Department of Defense Oversight of Airlines With Military Contracts
130238: Jun 26, 1986
GAO testified on two bills that would establish certain safety inspection requirements for airlines with military contracts by increasing the Department of Defense's (DOD) responsibility for ensuring compliance with federal safety regulations. GAO noted that airlines with military contracts had nearly twice as many serious deficiencies as did those without military contracts and 90 percent had ser...