Transportation safety (21 - 30 of 165 items)
Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges Facing the Agency in Fiscal Year 2008 and Beyond
GAO-07-490T: Published: Feb 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2007.
FAA operates one of the safest air transportation systems in the world. It is, however, a system under strain. The skies over America are becoming more crowded every day. FAA faces the daunting task of safely integrating a growing influx of passengers and aircraft into the system and simultaneously leading the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)--a complicated eff...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Efforts Generally Strong but Face Challenges
GAO-06-1091T: Published: Sep 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2006.
The U.S. commercial aviation industry has had an extraordinary safety record in recent years. However, expected increases in air-traffic--including the introduction of new vehicles into the national airspace, such as unmanned vehicles and very light jets--and human resource issues, present challenges that have the potential to strain the existing safety oversight system. GAO's testimony focuses on...
Air Traffic Control: Characteristics and Performance of Selected International Air Navigation Service Providers and Lessons Learned from Their Commercialization
GAO-05-769: Published: Jul 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
In the past, governments worldwide owned, operated, and regulated air navigation services, viewing air traffic control as a governmental function. But as nations faced increasing financial strains, many governments decided to shift the responsibility to an independent air navigation service provider (ANSP) that operates as a business. As of March 2005, 38 nations worldwide had commercialized their...
Transportation Security: Systematic Planning Needed to Optimize Resources
GAO-05-357T: Published: Feb 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2005.
Critical transportation systems crisscross the nation and extend beyond our borders to move millions of passengers and tons of freight each day, making them both attractive targets to terrorists and difficult to secure. Securing these systems is further complicated by the need to balance security with the expeditious flow of people and goods through these systems. The Transportation Security Admin...
Transportation Security Administration: High-Level Attention Needed to Strengthen Acquisition Function
GAO-04-544: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2004.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), within the Department of Homeland Security, was established to secure the nation's transportation systems, beginning with commercial airports. To meet its mission, TSA has awarded over $8.5 billion in contracts since its creation in 2001. Spending on contracts accounted for 48 percent of TSA's fiscal year 2003 budget. Because of TSA's reliance on c...
Aviation Security: Further Steps Needed to Strengthen the Security of Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls
GAO-04-728: Published: Jun 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2004.
In the 2 years since passage of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has primarily focused its efforts on improving aviation security through enhanced passenger and baggage screening. The act also contained provisions directing TSA to take actions to improve the security of airport perimeters, access controls, and airport workers. GA...
Aviation Security: Private Screening Contractors Have Little Flexibility to Implement Innovative Approaches
GAO-04-505T: Published: Apr 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2004.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, resulted in fundamental changes in the way the United States screens airport passengers and their property. One of the most significant changes was the shift from using private screeners to using federal screeners at all but five commercial airports in the United States. These five airports are part of a pilot program, where private screeners perform sc...
Aviation Security: Efforts to Measure Effectiveness and Strengthen Security Programs
GAO-04-285T: Published: Nov 20, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2003.
Commercial aviation has been a long-standing target for terrorists. Since the tragic attacts of September 11, 2001, substantial changes have been made to enhance security--including the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the federalization of the passenger screener workforce. However, despite these changes, vulnerabilities in aviation security continue to exist. Accor...
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...
Airport Passenger Screening: Preliminary Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Remaining
GAO-03-1173: Published: Sep 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2003.
Passenger screening is critical to the security of our nation's aviation system, particularly in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tasked with securing all modes of transportation, including the screening of airline passengers. TSA has met numerous requirements in this regard, such as deploying more than 50,000 federal s...